Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith is a valuable rotation player and his quickness makes him one of the more unique players in the league.
Smith averages 4.96 miles per hour when he is on the court, which is the fastest since the league began tracking this information. He is even quicker on offense at 5.67 miles per hour, which is also the highest in the NBA.
Earlier this season, head coach Stan Van Gundy said he wanted the team to “run” more often. They currently average 1.12 points per possession in transition, which ranks Top 10 in the NBA.
It’s clear that when Smith is on the court, the players around him must keep up. Others (including teammate Reggie Jackson and NBA All-Star Kevin Durant) have called him the fastest player in basketball.
The second-fastest among those who have appeared in at least 10 games is teammate Henry Ellenson (5.66 MPH) while Anthony Tolliver (5.19 MPH) is also near the top in the Eastern Conference.
Other players on the Pistons including Tobias Harris, Luke Kennard and Langston Galloway have also showcased their speed for Detroit.
Smith, 29, has an elite skill in the NBA with his blazing speed and it’s an obvious advantage when he is on the floor for the Pistons.