List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders

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This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season steals recorded.[1]

Statistics accurate as of December 27, 2014.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[2]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[3] Total steals Games played[4] Steals per game
average[5]
1 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 3,265 1,504 2.17
2 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG Dallas Mavericks (19941996)
Phoenix Suns (19962001)
New Jersey Nets (20012008)
Dallas Mavericks (20082012)
New York Knicks (2012–2013)
2,684 1,391 1.93
3 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
2,514 1,072 2.35
4 Payton, GaryGary Payton* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19902003)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
Boston Celtics (2004–2005)
Miami Heat (20052007)
2,445 1,335 1.83
5 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks PG Philadelphia 76ers (19781989)
San Antonio Spurs (1989–1990)
New York Knicks (19901991)
Atlanta Hawks (1991–1992)
New Jersey Nets (1993)
2,310 1,101 2.10
6 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19871998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
Chicago Bulls (2003–2004)
2,307 1,178 1.96
7 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
2,207 1,086 2.03
8 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[6] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
2,162 1,238 1.75
9 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson SG/PG San Antonio Spurs (19841989)
Milwaukee Bucks (19891993)
Detroit Pistons (1993)
Toronto Raptors (1995–1996)
2,112 779 2.71
10 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
2,085 1,476 1.41
11 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock PG New Jersey Nets (19891992)
Atlanta Hawks (19921999)
Golden State Warriors (19992002)
2,075 889 2.33
12 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson SG/PG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
Philadelphia 76ers (2009–2010)
1,983 914 2.17
13 Harper, DerekDerek Harper PG Dallas Mavericks (19831994)
New York Knicks (19941996)
Dallas Mavericks (1996–1997)
Orlando Magic (1997–1998)
Los Angeles Lakers (1999)
1,957 1,199 1.63
14 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present) 1,873 1,272 1.47
15 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* PG Detroit Pistons (19811994) 1,861 979 1.90
16 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–present)
1,807 1,402 1.29
17 Marion, ShawnShawn Marion^ SF Phoenix Suns (19992008)
Miami Heat (20082009)
Toronto Raptors (2009)
Dallas Mavericks (20092014)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-present)
1,750 1,135 1.54
18 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996) 1,724 906 1.90
19 Harper, RonRon Harper SG/PG Cleveland Cavaliers (19861989)
Los Angeles Clippers (19891994)
Chicago Bulls (19941999)
Los Angeles Lakers (19992001)
1,716 1,009 1.70
20 World Peace, MettaMetta World Peace^[7] SF Chicago Bulls (19992002)
Indiana Pacers (20022005)
Sacramento Kings (20062008)
Houston Rockets (2008–2009)
Los Angeles Lakers (20092013)
New York Knicks (2013–2014)
1,689 931 1.81
21 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ SF Boston Celtics (19992013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–14)
Washington Wizards (2014–present)
1,687 1,205 1.40
22 Lever, Lafayette "Fat"Lafayette "Fat" Lever PG Portland Trail Blazers (19821984)
Denver Nuggets (19841990)
Dallas Mavericks (19901992, 1993–1994)
1,666 752 2.22
23 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
1,648 1,073 1.54
24 Williams, GusGus Williams PG Golden State Warriors (19751977)
Seattle SuperSonics (19771980, 19811984)
Washington Bullets (19841986)
Atlanta Hawks (1987)
1,638 825 1.99
25 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins SG Philadelphia 76ers (19881993)
Charlotte Hornets (19931995)
Seattle SuperSonics (19951999)
Chicago Bulls (1999–2000)
Charlotte Hornets (2000–2001)
1,622 983 1.65
26 Jones, EddieEddie Jones SG/SF Los Angeles Lakers (19941999)
Charlotte Hornets (19992000)
Miami Heat (20002005)
Memphis Grizzlies (20052007)
Miami Heat (2007)
Dallas Mavericks (2007–2008)
1,620 954 1.70
27 Strickland, RodRod Strickland PG New York Knicks (19881990)
San Antonio Spurs (19901992)
Portland Trail Blazers (19921996)
Washington Bullets/Wizards (19962001)
Portland Trail Blazers (2001)
Miami Heat (2001–2002)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2002–2003)
Orlando Magic (2003–2004)
Toronto Raptors (2004)
Houston Rockets (2005)
1,616 1,094 1.48
28 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson PG New York Knicks (19871992)
Los Angeles Clippers (19921994)
Indiana Pacers (19941996)
Denver Nuggets (1996–1997)
Indiana Pacers (19972000)
Toronto Raptors (2000–2001)
New York Knicks (20012002)
Utah Jazz (2002–2003)
Houston Rockets (2004)
1,608 1,296 1.24
29 Porter, TerryTerry Porter PG/SG Portland Trail Blazers (19851995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19951998)
Miami Heat (1999)
San Antonio Spurs (19992002)
1,583 1,274 1.24
30 Rivers, Glenn "Doc"Glenn "Doc" Rivers PG Atlanta Hawks (19831991)
Los Angeles Clippers (1991–1992)
New York Knicks (19921994)
San Antonio Spurs (19941996)
1,563 864 1.81
31 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 1,556 897 1.73
32 Christie, DougDoug Christie SG Los Angeles Lakers (19931994)
New York Knicks (19941996)
Toronto Raptors (19962000)
Sacramento Kings (20002005)
Orlando Magic (2005)
Dallas Mavericks (2005)
Los Angeles Clippers (2007)
1,555 827 1.88
33 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ PG New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets (20052011)
Los Angeles Clippers (2011–present)
1,548 648 2.39
34 McMillan, NateNate McMillan PG Seattle SuperSonics (19861998) 1,544 796 1.94
35 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek SG Phoenix Suns (19861992)
Philadelphia 76ers (19921994)
Utah Jazz (19942000)
1,536 1,077 1.43
36-(T) Davis, BaronBaron Davis PG Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (19992005)
Golden State Warriors (20052008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082011)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
New York Knicks (2012)
1,530 835 1.83
36-(T) Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin* SF Golden State Warriors (19851997)
Indiana Pacers (19972000)
Golden State Warriors (2000–2001)
1,530 986 1.55
38 Gill, KendallKendall Gill SG Charlotte Hornets (19901993)
Seattle SuperSonics (19931995)
Charlotte Hornets (1995–1996)
New Jersey Nets (19962001)
Miami Heat (2001–2002)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2002–2003)
Chicago Bulls (2003–2004)
Milwaukee Bucks (2004–2005)
1,519 966 1.57
39 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* SF Philadelphia 76ers (19761987) 1,508 836 1.80
40 Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* SG Indiana Pacers (19872005) 1,505 1,389 1.08
41 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ PG Cleveland Cavaliers (19992002)
Los Angeles Clippers (2002–2003)
Denver Nuggets (20032006)
Philadelphia 76ers (20062009)
Portland Trail Blazers (20092011)
Denver Nuggets (20112013)
Washington Wizards (2014–present)
1,504 1,207 1.25
42 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010)
Miami Heat (20102014)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–present)
1,482 870 1.70
43 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19761980)
Phoenix Suns (19801983)
Boston Celtics (19831990)
1,477 1,100 1.34
44 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson PG New York Knicks (19781982)
Golden State Warriors (1982–1983)
New Jersey Nets (19831986)
1,463 556 2.63
45 Allen, RayRay Allen^ SG Milwaukee Bucks (19962003)
Seattle SuperSonics (20032007)
Boston Celtics (20072012)
Miami Heat (20122014)
1,451 1,300 1.12
46 Kersey, JeromeJerome Kersey PF/SF Portland Trail Blazers (19841995)
Golden State Warriors (1995–1996)
Los Angeles Lakers (1996–1997)
Seattle SuperSonics (1997–1998)
San Antonio Spurs (19992000)
Milwaukee Bucks (2000–2001)
1,439 1,153 1.25
47-(T) Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway PG Golden State Warriors (19891996)
Miami Heat (19962001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
Indiana Pacers (2003)
1,428 867 1.65
47-(T) Terry, JasonJason Terry^ SG Atlanta Hawks (19992004)
Dallas Mavericks (20042012)
Boston Celtics (2012–2013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–2014)
Sacramento Kings (2014)
Houston Rockets (2014-present)
1,428 1,160 1.23
49 Smith, RandyRandy Smith SG Buffalo Braves (1971–1973)[8]
Buffalo Braves/San Diego Clippers (19731979)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19791981)
New York Knicks (1981–1982)
San Diego Clippers (1982–1983)
Atlanta Hawks (1983)
1,403 818 1.72
50 Robinson, Clifford R.Clifford R. Robinson PF Portland Trail Blazers (19891997)
Phoenix Suns (19972001)
Detroit Pistons (20012003)
Golden State Warriors (20032005)
New Jersey Nets (20052007)
1,402 1,380 1.02

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record steal statistics until the 1973–74 season.
  2. ^ A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013–14 NBA season.
  3. ^ American Basketball Association (ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  4. ^ Games played in prior seasons where steals were not recorded are not included in total games played nor are they used in calculating the per game average.
  5. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before steals were officially recorded.
  6. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  7. ^ Known as Ron Artest prior to September 16, 2011.
  8. ^ Steals were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).

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