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NBA: The 5 Fastest Players in the League in 2019

NBA guard Josh Okogie dribbles the ball.

In the NBA, speed can be an underrated attribute. Having the quickness and foot speed to blow by a defender can be the difference between getting to the hoop or being stopped dead in your tracks. When it comes to the quickest players in the league, a few names come to mind. Let’s look at the five fastest NBA players in 2019. The fleetest on foot are among the fastest players of all time.

5. Brandon Knight (3/4 court sprint: 3.07 seconds)

Brandon Knight’s speed hasn’t turned him into a superstar, but he has had a serviceable career in the NBA. He is currently on the Cleveland Cavaliers and is averaging around four points and one assist per game. The Cavs have one of the worst records in the league, but Knight is still carving out a small role on the rebuilding roster.

4. Raymond Felton (3/4 court sprint: 3.06 seconds)

Felton has been a staple in the NBA since coming out of North Carolina, and he has a new home in Oklahoma City. Being used primarily as the third point guard behind Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroeder, he is averaging four points and nearly two assists per game. He is still a very capable guard who is one of the fastest NBA players, and he could play a role for the Thunder during the playoffs.

3. Josh Okogie (3/4 court sprint: 3.04 seconds)

Josh Okogie put up the fastest time at the NBA Draft combine, and his speed translated well to the league. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him with the No. 20 pick in the 2018 draft, and he is averaging more seven points and three rebounds per game for Minnesota in the 2018-19 season.

Jimmy Butler’s departure from the team gave Okogie extended minutes at the beginning of the season, and he should be a very good player down the home stretch.

2. Eric Gordon (3/4 court sprint: 3.01 seconds)

Coming out of Indiana, Eric Gordon was considered one of the best slashers in college basketball, with an ability to get to the hoop while also being able to hit a shot from deep.

His career includes stops in Los Angeles (Clippers), New Orleans, and now Houston. He is averaging 16 points per game for the Rockets this season. He is a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and is a career 37% shooter from behind the arc. If you need points in a hurry look no further than the speedy Eric Gordon.

1. Donovan Mitchell (3/4 court sprint: 3.01 seconds)

The Utah Jazz picked Mitchell with the No. 13 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft out of Louisville. He instantly made an impact on the offensive side of the ball for Utah, averaging over 20 points per game as a rookie. You can make a case that he should have won the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year Award over Ben Simmons. Either way, Mitchell is continuing to grow as a player.

He is following last year up with an even better 2018-19 season. Mitchell averages 22 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game in his sophomore season. He might be one of the best shooting guards in the league, and he definitely is one of the fastest NBA players.

How would you rank the fastest players in the NBA?

There are a few surprising names on our list of the fastest NBA players, but there’s no denying how effective these players can be due to their speed. Even though some of them are role players, there’s no denying their quickness is an asset on the court. Put on your GM glasses and indulge us for a moment — is there anyone on this list that surprises you the most?