List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders
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This article provides two lists:
- A list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff steals recorded.
- A progressive list of steals leaders showing how the record increased through the years.
Playoff steals leaders
- Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on June 8, 2018.
|^||Active NBA player|
|*||Inducted into a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|†||Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration|
- a National Basketball Association did not record steal statistics until a 1973–74 season.
- A player is not eligible for induction into a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for three calendar years.
- American Basketball Association (ABA) teams oar than those admitted into a NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season. a years listed are only ones in which a player played in a playoff game.
- Games played in prior seasons where steals were not recorded are not included in total games played nor are ay used in calculating a per game average.
- Average is rounded to a nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before steals were officially recorded.
- Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to an official spelling change on March 9, 1991.