List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders

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

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season on April 16, 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 turnovers Games played Turnovers per game
average[4]
1 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
4,524 1,476 3.07
2 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 4,244 1,504 2.82
3 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG Dallas Mavericks (19941996)
Phoenix Suns (19962001)
New Jersey Nets (20012008)
Dallas Mavericks (20082012)
New York Knicks (2012–2013)
4,003 1,391 2.88
4 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* C Buffalo Braves (1976)[5]
Houston Rockets (1976–1977)[5]
Houston Rockets (19771982)
Philadelphia 76ers (19821986)
Washington Bullets (19861988)
Atlanta Hawks (19881991)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911993)
Philadelphia 76ers (1993–1994)
San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995)
3,804 1,247 3.05
5 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present) 3,753 1,245 3.01
6 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* PG Detroit Pistons (19811994) 3,682 979 3.76
7 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[6] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
3,667 1,238 2.96
8 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
3,537 1,183 2.99
9 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996) 3,506 906 3.87
10 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus PG/SG Chicago Bulls (19781984)
Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19841988)
Atlanta Hawks (1988–1989)
Orlando Magic (1989–1990)
New Jersey Nets (1990–1991)
3,493 1,026 3.40
11 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ PG Phoenix Suns (19961998)
Dallas Mavericks (19992004)
Phoenix Suns (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–present)
3,478 1,217 2.86
12 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
3,376 1,073 3.15
13 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ SF Boston Celtics (19992013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–present)
3,366 1,177 2.86
14 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (19921996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19962004)
Miami Heat (20042008)
Phoenix Suns (20082009)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)
Boston Celtics (2010–2011)
3,310 1,207 2.74
15 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson SG/PG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
Philadelphia 76ers (2009–2010)
3,262 914 3.57
16 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19871998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
Chicago Bulls (2003–2004)
3,257 1,178 2.76
17 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (1976–1977)[5]
Golden State Warriors (19771980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
3,183 1,534 2.07
18 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (1997–present) 3,160 1,254 2.52
19 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)
3,155 1,296 2.43
20 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–present)
3,117 1,377 2.26
21 Payton, GaryGary Payton* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19902003)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
Boston Celtics (2004–2005)
Miami Heat (20052007)
3,030 1,335 2.27
22 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)
2,980 1,184 2.52
23 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
2,977 1,086 2.74
24 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
2,924 1,072 2.73
25 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)
2,862 1,094 2.62
26 English, AlexAlex English* SF/PF Milwaukee Bucks (1976–1977)[5]
Milwaukee Bucks (1977–1978)
Indiana Pacers (19781980)
Denver Nuggets (19801990)
Dallas Mavericks (1990–1991)
2,821 1,133 2.49
27 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 2,816 897 3.14
28 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010)
Miami Heat (2010–present)
2,795 842 3.32
29 King, BernardBernard King* SF New Jersey Nets (19771979)
Utah Jazz (1979–1980)
Golden State Warriors (19801982)
New York Knicks (19821985, 1987)
Washington Bullets (19871991)
New Jersey Nets (1993)
2,791 874 3.19
30 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley PF Chicago Bulls (19851988)
New York Knicks (19881998)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
Chicago Bulls (2001–2002)
Washington Wizards (2002–2003)
Houston Rockets (2004)
2,785 1,282 2.17
31 Williams, BuckBuck Williams PF New Jersey Nets (19811989)
Portland Trail Blazers (19891996)
New York Knicks (19961998)
2,784 1,307 2.13
32 Thorpe, OtisOtis Thorpe PF/C Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19841988)
Houston Rockets (19881995)
Portland Trail Blazers (1995)
Detroit Pistons (19951997)
Vancouver Grizzlies (1997–1998)
Sacramento Kings (1998)
Washington Wizards (1999)
Miami Heat (1999–2000)
Charlotte Hornets (2000–2001)
2,774 1,257 2.21
33 Kemp, ShawnShawn Kemp PF/C Seattle SuperSonics (19891997)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19972000)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002002)
Orlando Magic (2002–2003)
2,766 1,051 2.63
34 Allen, RayRay Allen^ SG Milwaukee Bucks (19962003)
Seattle SuperSonics (20032007)
Boston Celtics (20072012)
Miami Heat (2012–present)
2,709 1,300 2.08
35 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins* SF Atlanta Hawks (19821994)
Los Angeles Clippers (1994)
Boston Celtics (1994–1995)
San Antonio Spurs (1996–1997)
Orlando Magic (1999)
2,669 1,074 2.49
36 Porter, TerryTerry Porter PG/SG Portland Trail Blazers (19851995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19951998)
Miami Heat (1999)
San Antonio Spurs (19992002)
2,666 1,274 2.09
37 Stackhouse, JerryJerry Stackhouse SG Philadelphia 76ers (19951997)
Detroit Pistons (19972002)
Washington Wizards (20022004)
Dallas Mavericks (20042009)
Milwaukee Bucks (2010)
Miami Heat (2010)
Atlanta Hawks (2011–2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2012–2013)
2,641 970 2.72
38 Sikma, JackJack Sikma C Seattle SuperSonics (19771986)
Milwaukee Bucks (19861991)
2,586 1,107 2.34
39 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond* SG Golden State Warriors (19881991)
Sacramento Kings (19911998)
Washington Wizards (19982001)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001–2002)
2,579 976 2.64
40 Chambers, TomTom Chambers PF/C San Diego Clippers (19811983)
Seattle SuperSonics (19831988)
Phoenix Suns (19881993)
Utah Jazz (19931995)
Charlotte Hornets (1997)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997)
2,549 1,107 2.30
41 Marbury, StephonStephon Marbury PG Minnesota Timberwolves (19961999)
New Jersey Nets (19992001)
Phoenix Suns (20012004)
New York Knicks (20042008)
Boston Celtics (2009)
2,547 846 3.01
42 Davis, WalterWalter Davis SF/SG Phoenix Suns (19771988)
Denver Nuggets (19881991)
Portland Trail Blazers (1991)
Denver Nuggets (1991–1992)
2,541 1,033 2.46
43 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[7] C Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1975)[5]
Los Angeles Lakers (1975–1977)[5]
Los Angeles Lakers (19771989)
2,527 929 2.72
44 Willis, KevinKevin Willis PF/C Atlanta Hawks (19841994)
Miami Heat (19941996)
Golden State Warriors (1996)
Houston Rockets (19961998)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
Denver Nuggets (2001)
Houston Rockets (2001–2002)
San Antonio Spurs (20022004)
Atlanta Hawks (2004–2005)
Dallas Mavericks (2007)
2,520 1,424 1.77
45 Walker, AntoineAntoine Walker SF Boston Celtics (19962003)
Dallas Mavericks (2003–2004)
Atlanta Hawks (2004–2005)
Boston Celtics (2005)
Miami Heat (20052007)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2007–2008)
2,504 893 2.80
46 Dantley, AdrianAdrian Dantley* SF Buffalo Braves (1976–1977)[5]
Indiana Pacers (1977)
Los Angeles Lakers (19771979)
Utah Jazz (19791986)
Detroit Pistons (19861989)
Dallas Mavericks (19891990)
Milwaukee Bucks (1991)
2,503 878 2.85
47 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)
2,502 1,380 1.81
48 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway PG Golden State Warriors (19891996)
Miami Heat (19962001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
Indiana Pacers (2003)
2,481 867 2.86
49-(T) Divac, VladeVlade Divac C Los Angeles Lakers (19891996)
Charlotte Hornets (19961998)
Sacramento Kings (19992004)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004–2005)
2,470 1,134 2.18
49-(T) Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ SG Miami Heat (2003–present) 2,470 719 3.44

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  1. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record turnover statistics until the 1977–78 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. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before blocks were officially recorded.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Turnovers were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).
  6. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  7. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.

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