Derrick Rose and the Fastest Players in the NBA

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIMarch 21, 2012

Derrick Rose and the Fastest Players in the NBA

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    Chicago Bulls fans sometimes might think they are seeing a NASCAR race, but what they see is just Derrick Rose blazing by opponents.

    The young point guard is really fast, but how fast is he compared to the NBA's top speedsters?

    Through awesome video clips, this article will rank where Rose and six other lightning-quick NBA players fall on the radar gun.

7. Rajon Rondo

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    Rajon Rondo knows one speed setting: fast.

    The electrifying point guard can make great one-on-one plays and drive through defenses to the hoop.

    The Boston Celtics definitely made the right move in keeping Rondo this past NBA trade deadline.

6. Chris Paul

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    Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers has three speed settings: fast, faster and fastest.

    Maybe that's why they call him CP3.

    Paul stands at 6'0", so his fleet feet give him an advantage running the court and making quick passes, making him a dangerous one-on-one player.

    All you have to do is ask poor Eddie House how Paul could instantaneously change his direction.

5. Dwyane Wade

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    Dwyane Wade has the nickname of the comic superhero Flash and is faster than him because, unfortunately, Flash isn't real.

    The Miami Heat shooting guard is a steal machine and can jump the passing lane in a hurry.

    When he gets a steal, expect Flash to quickly scamper down to the other side of the court.

    Along with teammate LeBron James, D-Wade has an awesome alley-oop thing going.

4. Russell Westbrook

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    Russell Westbrook gets knocked a bit for his passing and his shot selection, but no one could knock him on his jet-like speed.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard helps his squad run a fast-tempo offense with Kevin Durant that results in a mess of points.

    Westbrook gets a lot of steals and can outrun fast guys like Kobe Bryant down the court.

3. LeBron James

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    What makes the Miami Heat's LeBron James such a great player is he has a perfect blend of size and speed.

    Standing at 6'8" and weighing 250 pounds, James is the size of a football linebacker. However, he has the speed of a point guard in running fast breaks or breaking ankles.

    In the above video, James chases down the Memphis Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo on a fast break. Mayo gets an eight-foot head start on the play from James and is 16 feet ahead of him after receiving the pass.

    But the King shows why he's the NBA's best player with an amazing block.

2. Derrick Rose

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    While LeBron James is the better baller, Derrick Rose does have speed on the big man.

    The Chicago Bulls' young point guard resembles a track athlete out there. Rose does gain a lot of his points in transitional fast breaks, effortlessly gliding past defenders in front of him.

    Don't forget those ankle breaks, like the one Andre Miller experienced during his Philadelphia 76ers days.

1. John Wall

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    John Wall is fast as hell. I'm going to let this video do my talking for me, as the Washington Wizards' young point guard has science on his side.

    Bob Bajek is an NBA Featured Columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on and Twitter.


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