The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Quick/Speedy Guards (2020)

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 6

  • The Kyrie 6 has the exceptional multidirectional herringbone pattern traction that the Kyrie line is famous for.
  • The Zoom Air Turbo features remains excellent, feeling more like a foam than traditional Zoom Air.
  • The shoe has good lockdown and very solid support, though the flytrap enclosure may require going up half a size.

Fan Average

3.55
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4.8

2. Adidas Harden Vol. 4

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.
Adidas Harden Vol 4

Fan Average

4.38
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Review Average

4.6

3. Puma Clyde Hardwood

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.
Puma Clyde Hardwood

Fan Average

3.74
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4.4

4. Under Armour Curry 7

  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone and a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor and outdoor 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

4.28
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4.6

5. Adidas T-Mac Millennium

  • Outstanding traction, particularly on indoor courts. The full-length multi-directional herringbone sweeps away dust and dirt like a Dyson, and grips the floor like the best of them.
  • Amazing cushioning, with the full-length Boost giving a low ride in the forefoot, plenty of impact protection in the heel, and good response.
  • Solid support, particularly in terms of lateral stability. This shoe is particularly well-suited for wide footers.

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4.00
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