The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Quick/Speedy Guards (2019)

Whether you’re running the point, making a quick cut to the net or trying to create some open space for a jump shot, as a quick guard, you need the right basketball shoes for the job. Any guard who wants to crossing over his opponent and get to the rim or hit an open jumper over the guy who was just a step too slow to recover will require nothing less than the perfect sneaker.

So what should you be looking for?

  • Traction – The right shoe will allow you to grip the court while still allowing you to change directions without any problems.
  • Low or mid cut – The low or mid cut shoe allows you to have the right range of motion to go where you want to go in an instant
  • Shoes designed for guards – If you’re looking at signature shoes, the ones designed for NBA guards will typically work the best.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for quick guards that want to get even faster.

1. Nike Kyrie 5

Nike Kyrie 5
  • The Kyrie 5 has the exceptional multidirectional herringbone pattern traction that Kyrie sigs are famous for.
  • The new Zoom Air Turbo is excellent, feeling more like a foam than traditional Zoom Air.
  • Good lockdown, very solid support, though the flytrap enclosure may require going up half a size.
Nike Kyrie 5

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3.87
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2. Adidas Harden Vol. 4

  • Despite missing the herringbone pattern of the Vol. 3, this shoe offers elite traction.
  • The Lightstrike cushioning is lighter than the Boost cushioning used in Vol. 3 while still offering a smooth ride.
  • The support in this shoe is top of its class and will allow you to safely make quick cuts.

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4.67
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3. Adidas Dame 5

  • The herringbone pattern is well employed to offer a solid traction experience both indoors and outdoors.
  • The implementation of Bounce technology is considered to be some of the best available, offering impact protection without loss of court feel.
  • The support offered by the Dame 5 is considered elite, with the midsole and outsole components offering best in class stability.

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4.02
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4. Under Armour Curry 7

  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone as well as a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor courts.
  • Cushioning stays true to Curry shoes, with a firm, low-to-the-ground feel. Not for everyone.
  • Outstanding support, holding the foot in place no matter how you move. Fit feels true to size, too.

Fan Average

4.50
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5. Puma Clyde Hardwood

  • Near flawless traction, indoors and out, makes this tacky outsole a great choice for cutters, slashers and crossover dribblers.
  • Cushioning feels rather firm, with a low-to-the-floor heavier feeling than other shoes of late.
  • Good support and a flat base, while some reviewers report the shoe may go slightly long on some feet.

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