The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Quick/Speedy Guards (2021)

Updated: October 22, 2021
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. Puma Clyde All-Pro

  • Perhaps the best traction of any shoe this year. Multidirectional pattern helps you grip, stop on a dime, and cut all over the court.
  • A very nice cushioning upgrade over Puma's previous basketball shoes provides good responsiveness and feedback.
  • Support is excellent for a low-cut silhouette.

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3.55
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4.6

2. Adidas Pro Boost

  • Excellent, reliable herringbone outsole grips the floor like crazy, and should also hold up well outdoors.
  • Stable, soft and responsive cushioning should work for all types of playing styles.
  • Nice wide, stable shoe that has all the support you would need.

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3.59
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Review Average

4.4

3. Nike Air Zoom BB NXT

  • Very durable and grippy outsole that works as well indoors as it does outdoors.
  • Remarkable cushioning made up of triple-layered React in the midsole and two Zoom Air Units. Very plush!
  • High quality support, though a bit dicey with the lateral Zoom, so watch out.

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4.4

4. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2

  • Like its predecessor, the Issue 2 has decent traction, with questionable durability outside.
  • The cushioning is reasonably nice and springy, particularly in the heel.
  • Lots of support with good lateral containment, in this heavy-duty low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.75
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Review Average

4.0

5. Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

  • Very strong traction, particularly on indoor courts.
  • While the cushioning is modest, the shoe is perfect for players who prefer a low-to-the-ground feel.
  • Outstanding support for such a lightweight silhouette.

Fan Average

3.82
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Review Average

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