List of National Basketball Association season steals leaders

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Chris Paul won six steal titles from 2008 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2014.

In basketball, a steal is a "defensive action" that causes the opponent to turn the ball over.[1] The National Basketball Association's (NBA) steal title is awarded to the player with the highest steals per game average in a given season. The steal title was first recognized in the 1973–74 season when statistics on steals were first compiled.[2] To qualify for the steal title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 125 steals. This has been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season.[3]

Alvin Robertson holds the all-time records for total steals (301) and steals per game (3.67) in a season; achieved in the 1985–86 season. Among active players, Chris Paul had the highest season steal total (217) in the 2007–08 season and the highest season steal average (2.77) in the 2008–09 season.

Paul has won the most steal titles, with six. Micheal Ray Richardson, Robertson, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson all follow with three. Magic Johnson, Mookie Blaylock, Baron Davis and John Stockton are the only other players to win more than one steal title, with two. Paul has won the most consecutive steal titles, with four.[2] Three players have won both the steal title and the NBA championship in the same season: Rick Barry in 1975 with the Golden State Warriors, Magic Johnson in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lakers and Michael Jordan in 1993 with the Chicago Bulls.

Key[edit]

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been the
steals leader up to and including that season
G Guard F Forward C Center

Steal leaders[edit]

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Magic Johnson led the league in steals for two consecutive seasons.
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Michael Jordan was the steals leader in three separate seasons: 1988, 1990 and 1993.
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John Stockton was the steals leader in 1989 and 1992.
Allen Iverson won three steals titles in his career.
Season Player Position[a] Team Games
played
Total steals Steals per game References
1973–74 Steele, LarryLarry Steele G/F Portland Trail Blazers 81 217 2.68 [4][5]
1974–75 Barry, RickRick Barry* F Golden State Warriors 80 228 2.85 [6][7]
1975–76 Watts, Don "Slick"Don "Slick" Watts G Seattle SuperSonics 82 261 3.18 [8][9]
1976–77 Buse, DonDon Buse G Indiana Pacers 81 281 3.47 [10][11]
1977–78 Lee, RonRon Lee G Phoenix Suns 82 225 2.74 [12][13]
1978–79 Carr, M. L.M. L. Carr[b] G Detroit Pistons 80 197 2.46 [14][15]
1979–80 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson G/F New York Knicks 82 265 3.23 [16][17]
1980–81 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson*[c] G/F Los Angeles Lakers 37 127 3.43 [18][19]
1981–82 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* (2)[d] G/F Los Angeles Lakers 78 208 2.67 [19][20]
1982–83 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (2)[e] G/F Golden State Warriors
New Jersey Nets
64 182 2.84 [17][21]
1983–84 Green, RickeyRickey Green G Utah Jazz 81 215 2.65 [22][23]
1984–85 Richardson, Micheal RayMicheal Ray Richardson (3) G/F New Jersey Nets 82 243 2.96 [17][24]
1985–86 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson G San Antonio Spurs 82 301 3.67 [25][26]
1986–87 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (2) G San Antonio Spurs 81 260 3.21 [26][27]
1987–88 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* G Chicago Bulls 82 259 3.16 [28][29]
1988–89 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* G Utah Jazz 82 263 3.21 [30][31]
1989–90 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) G Chicago Bulls 82 227 2.77 [29][32]
1990–91 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson (3) G Milwaukee Bucks 81 246 3.04 [26][33]
1991–92 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* (2) G Utah Jazz 82 244 2.98 [31][34]
1992–93 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) G Chicago Bulls 78 221 2.83 [29][35]
1993–94 McMillan, NateNate McMillan G/F Seattle SuperSonics 73 216 2.96 [36][37]
1994–95 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* F Chicago Bulls 79 232 2.94 [38][39]
1995–96 Payton, GaryGary Payton* G Seattle SuperSonics 81 231 2.85 [40][41]
1996–97 Blaylock, MookieMookie Blaylock G Atlanta Hawks 78 212 2.72 [42][43]
1997–98 Blaylock, MookieMookie Blaylock (2)[f] G Atlanta Hawks 70 183 2.61 [43][44]
1998–99[g] Gill, KendallKendall Gill G New Jersey Nets 50 134 2.68 [46][47]
1999–00 Jones, EddieEddie Jones G/F Charlotte Hornets 72 192 2.67 [48][49]
2000–01 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson[h] G Philadelphia 76ers 71 178 2.51 [50][51]
2001–02 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (2)[i] G Philadelphia 76ers 60 168 2.80 [51][52]
2002–03 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (3) G Philadelphia 76ers 82 225 2.74 [51][53]
2003–04 Davis, BaronBaron Davis[j] G New Orleans Hornets 67 158 2.36 [54][55]
2004–05 Hughes, LarryLarry Hughes[k] G Washington Wizards 61 176 2.89 [56][57]
2005–06 Wallace, GeraldGerald Wallace^[l] F Charlotte Bobcats 55 138 2.51 [58][59]
2006–07 Davis, BaronBaron Davis (2)[m] G Golden State Warriors 63 135 2.14 [55][60]
2007–08 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ G New Orleans Hornets 80 217 2.71 [61][62]
2008–09 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (2) G New Orleans Hornets 78 216 2.77 [62]
2009–10 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ G Boston Celtics 81 189 2.33 [63]
2010–11 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (3) G New Orleans Hornets 80 188 2.35 [62]
2011–12[n] Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (4) G Los Angeles Clippers 60 152 2.53 [62]
2012–13 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (5)[o] G Los Angeles Clippers 70 169 2.41 [62]
2013–14 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ (6)[p] G Los Angeles Clippers 62 154 2.48 [62]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The player's primary position is listed first.
  2. ^ In the 1978–79 season, Eddie Jordan and Norm Nixon both had the highest steal total (201) but they were tied for second in steal average (2.45).[14]
  3. ^ In the 1980–81 season, Magic Johnson had only played in 37 games and ranked seventeenth in steal total. Micheal Ray Richardson had the highest total (232).[18]
  4. ^ In the 1981–82 season, Maurice Cheeks had the highest steal total (209) but was second in steal average (2.65).[20]
  5. ^ In the 1982–83 season, Micheal Ray Richardson had only played in 64 games and ranked sixth in steal total. Rickey Green had the highest total (220).[21]
  6. ^ In the 1997–98 season, Mookie Blaylock had only played in 70 games and ranked fourth in steal total. Brevin Knight had the highest total (196).[44]
  7. ^ The 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games due to the league's lockout.[45] The qualification of this season's steal title is to appear in at least 43 games (out of 50) or to have at least 76 steals.[3]
  8. ^ In the 2000–01 season, Doug Christie had the highest steal total (183) but was third in steal average (2.26).[50]
  9. ^ In the 2001–02 season, Jason Kidd had the highest steal total (175) but was third in steal average (2.13).[52]
  10. ^ In the 2003–04 season, Shawn Marion had the highest steal total (167) but was second in steal average (2.11).[54]
  11. ^ In the 2004–05 season, Allen Iverson had the highest steal total (180) but was second in steal average (2.40).[56]
  12. ^ In the 2005–06 season, Gerald Wallace had only played in 55 games and ranked tenth in steal total. Chris Paul had the highest total (175).[58]
  13. ^ In the 2006–07 season, Baron Davis had only played in 63 games and ranked sixth in steal total. Shawn Marion had the highest total (156).[60]
  14. ^ The 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games due to the league's lockout.[64] The qualification of this season's scoring title is to appear in at least 57 games (out of 66) or to have at least 101 steals.[3]
  15. ^ In the 2012–13 season, Mike Conley, Jr. had the highest steal total (174) but was third in steal average (2.2).[65]
  16. ^ In the 2013–14 season, Ricky Rubio and Thaddeus Young both had higher steal totals (190 and 167 respectively) but they were second and third in steal average (2.3 and 2.1), respectively.[66]

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