The 21 Fastest Athletes in Pro Sports

Since the dawn of sport, speed has been an advantage. These 21 pro athletes have the type of blazing speed that strikes fear into the heart of their opponents.

John Wall

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John Wall

John Wall has the reputation as one of the fastest players in basketball.

But Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks doesn't just believe John Wall is the fastest player in the NBA—he thinks he might be the fastest player in league history. 

Brooks says he once timed Wall from rim to rim in just 2.5 seconds. 

While Wall's Ferrari-like speed allows him to teleport down the court while attacking in transition, it also allows him to excel in an area most point guards don't—chase-down blocks. 

He averaged 1.1 blocks per game last season—more than players like DeAndre Jordan and Steven Adams.

When Wall was a junior at Word of God Christian Academy, he joined the track team on a whim. He promptly won a state championship in the 4×200 relay. 

During his first seasons in the NBA, Wall had trouble with slowing down. He stomped his foot on the gas at every opportunity, which sometimes led to turnovers and sloppy play.

As Wall learned to use his speed more sparingly, his production skyrocketed. 

He's now been an All-Star in each of the last five seasons and was recently named to his first All-NBA team. 

Wall isn't shy about his speed, as he's gone on record as saying he could beat the next player on our list in a 40-Yard Dash.


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