List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season turnovers recorded.[1]
A progressive list of turnover leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[2]

Turnover leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season turnovers recorded.[2]

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2017–18 NBA season on April 11, 2018.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[4] Total turnovers Games played Turnovers per game
average[5]
1 Karl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
4,524 1,476 3.07
2 John Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 4,248 1,504 2.82
3 Kobe Bryant SG Los Angeles Lakers (19962016) 4,010 1,346 2.98
4 Jason 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
5 LeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010, 20142018)
Miami Heat (20102014)
Los Angeles Lakers (2018–present)
3,966 1,143 3.47
6 Moses Malone* C Buffalo Braves (1976)[6]
Houston Rockets (1976–1977)[6]
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
7 Isiah Thomas* PG Detroit Pistons (19811994) 3,682 979 3.76
8 Hakeem Olajuwon*[7] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
3,667 1,238 2.96
9 Patrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
3,537 1,183 2.99
10 Paul Pierce SF Boston Celtics (19992013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132014)
Washington Wizards (20142015)
Los Angeles Clippers (20152017)
3,532 1,343 2.63
11 Magic Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996) 3,506 906 3.87
12 Reggie 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
13 Steve Nash* PG Phoenix Suns (19961998)
Dallas Mavericks (19992004)
Phoenix Suns (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (20122014)
3,478 1,217 2.86
14 Tim Duncan PF/C San Antonio Spurs (19972016) 3,381 1,392 2.43
15 Charles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
3,376 1,073 3.15
16 Shaquille 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
17 Allen 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
18 Scottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19871998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
Chicago Bulls (2003–2004)
3,257 1,178 2.76
19 Robert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (1976–1977)[6]
Golden State Warriors (19771980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
3,183 1,534 2.07
20 Kevin Garnett PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007), (20152016)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
3,179 1,462 2.17
21 Dwyane Wade^ SG Miami Heat (20032016, 2018–present)
Chicago Bulls (2016–2017)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2017–2018)
3,160 982 3.22
22 Mark 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
23 Andre 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 (20142015)
Sacramento Kings (2015)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–2016)
San Antonio Spurs (2016)
3,121 1,304 2.39
24 Dwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Houston Rockets (20132016)
Atlanta Hawks (2016–2017)
Charlotte Hornets (2017–2018)
Washington Wizards (2018–present)
3,043 1,035 2.94
25 Gary 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
26 Russell Westbrook^ PG Oklahoma City Thunder (2008–present) 3,001 748 4.01
27 Clyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
2,977 1,086 2.74
28 Michael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
2,924 1,072 2.73
29 Rod 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
30 Carmelo Anthony^ SF Denver Nuggets (20032011)
New York Knicks (20112017)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2017–2018)
Houston Rockets (2018–present)
2,824 1,054 2.68
31 Alex English* SF/PF Milwaukee Bucks (1976–1977)[6]
Milwaukee Bucks (1977–1978)
Indiana Pacers (19781980)
Denver Nuggets (19801990)
Dallas Mavericks (1990–1991)
2,821 1,133 2.49
32 Larry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 2,816 897 3.14
33 Bernard 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
34 Tony Parker^ PG San Antonio Spurs (20012018)
Charlotte Hornets (2018–present)
2,790 1,198 2.33
35 Charles 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
36 Buck Williams PF New Jersey Nets (19811989)
Portland Trail Blazers (19891996)
New York Knicks (19961998)
2,784 1,307 2.13
37 Otis 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
38 Shawn Kemp PF/C Seattle SuperSonics (19891997)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19972000)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002002)
Orlando Magic (2002–2003)
2,766 1,051 2.63
39 Ray Allen* SG Milwaukee Bucks (19962003)
Seattle SuperSonics (20032007)
Boston Celtics (20072012)
Miami Heat (20122014)
2,709 1,300 2.08
40 Dominique 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
41 Terry Porter PG/SG Portland Trail Blazers (19851995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19951998)
Miami Heat (1999)
San Antonio Spurs (19992002)
2,666 1,274 2.09
42 Jerry 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
43 Pau Gasol^ C/PF Memphis Grizzlies (20012008)
Los Angeles Lakers (20082014)
Chicago Bulls (20142016)
San Antonio Spurs (2016–present)
2,622 1,196 2.19
44 Jack Sikma C Seattle SuperSonics (19771986)
Milwaukee Bucks (19861991)
2,586 1,107 2.34
45 Mitch Richmond* SG Golden State Warriors (19881991)
Sacramento Kings (19911998)
Washington Wizards (19992001)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001–2002)
2,579 976 2.64
46 Tom 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
47 Stephon Marbury PG Minnesota Timberwolves (19961999)
New Jersey Nets (19992001)
Phoenix Suns (20012004)
New York Knicks (20042008)
Boston Celtics (2009)
2,547 846 3.01
48 Walter Davis SF/SG Phoenix Suns (19771988)
Denver Nuggets (19881991)
Portland Trail Blazers (1991)
Denver Nuggets (1991–1992)
2,541 1,033 2.46
49 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[8] C Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1975)[6]
Los Angeles Lakers (1975–1977)[6]
Los Angeles Lakers (19771989)
2,527 929 2.72
50 Kevin 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

Progressive list of turnover leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of turnover leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[2]

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2017–18 NBA season on April 11, 2018.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
ATL Atlanta Hawks HOU Houston Rockets NJN New Jersey Nets SAS San Antonio Spurs
BOS Boston Celtics IND Indiana Pacers NYK New York Knicks UTA Utah Jazz
CHI Chicago Bulls KCK Kansas City Kings OKC Oklahoma City Thunder VAN Vancouver Grizzlies
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers LAC Los Angeles Clippers ORL Orlando Magic WAS Washington Wizards
DAL Dallas Mavericks LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHI Philadelphia 76ers WSB Washington Bullets
DEN Denver Nuggets MIA Miami Heat PHO Phoenix Suns
DET Detroit Pistons MIL Milwaukee Bucks POR Portland Trail Blazers
NBA progressive leaders and records for turnovers for every season
Season Year-by-year leader TOV Active player leader TOV Career record TOV Single-season record TOV Season
1977–78 Artis Gilmore*000CHI 366 Artis Gilmore*000CHI 366 Artis Gilmore*000CHI 366 Artis Gilmore*000CHI 366 1977–78
1978–79 George McGinnis*000DEN 346 Kevin Porter000DET 697 Kevin Porter000DET 697 1978–79
1979–80 Micheal Ray Richardson000NYK 359 George McGinnis*
000DEN 1979–80
000IND 1980–81
939 George McGinnis*
000DEN 1979–80
000IND 1980–81
939 1979–80
1980–81 Moses Malone*000HOU 308 1,160 1,160 1980–81
1981–82 Isiah Thomas*000DET
Adrian Dantley*000UTA
299 Moses Malone*
000HOU 1981–82
000PHI 1982–86
000WSB 1986–88
000ATL 1988–91
000MIL 1991–93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
1,448 Moses Malone*
000HOU 1981–82
000PHI 1982–86
000WSB 1986–88
000ATL 1988–91
000MIL 1991–93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
1,448 1981–82
1982–83 Ray Williams000KCK 335 1,712 1,712 1982–83
1983–84 Jeff Ruland000WSB 342 1,962 1,962 1983–84
1984–85 Ralph Sampson*000HOU 326 2,248 2,248 1984–85
1985–86 Charles Barkley*000PHI 350 2,509 2,509 1985–86
1986–87 Ron Harper000CLE 345 2,711 2,711 1986–87
1987–88 Karl Malone*000UTA 325 2,960 2,960 1987–88
1988–89 Kevin Johnson000PHO 322 3,205 3,205 1988–89
1989–90 Isiah Thomas*000DET 322 3,437 3,437 1989–90
1990–91 Magic Johnson*000LAL 314 3,574 3,574 1990–91
1991–92 John Stockton*000UTA 286 3,724 3,724 1991–92
1992–93 Shaquille O'Neal*000ORL 307 3,734 3,734 1992–93
1993–94 Jim Jackson000DAL 334 3,793 3,793 1993–94
1994–95 Glenn Robinson000MIL 313 3,804 3,804 1994–95
1995–96 Jason Kidd*000DAL 328 Magic Johnson*000LAL 3,506 1995–96
1996–97 Allen Iverson*000PHI 337 John Stockton*000UTA 3,201 1996–97
1997–98 Antoine Walker000BOS 292 3,362 1997–98
1998–99 Shareef Abdur-Rahim000VAN 186 Karl Malone*
000UTA 1998–03
000LAL 2003–04
3,473 1998–99
1999–00 Jerry Stackhouse000DET 311 3,704 1999–00
2000–01 326 3,948 Karl Malone*
000UTA 2000–03
000LAL 2003–04
3,948 2000–01
2001–02 Jason Kidd*000NJN 286 4,211 4,211 2001–02
2002–03 Steve Francis000HOU 299 4,421 4,421 2002–03
2003–04 Paul Pierce000BOS 303 4,524 4,524 2003–04
2004–05 Allen Iverson*000PHI 344 Rod Strickland000HOU 2,862 2004–05
2005–06 Gilbert Arenas000WAS 297 Gary Payton*000MIA 2,964 2005–06
2006–07 Dwight Howard^000ORL 317 3,030 2006–07
2007–08 Steve Nash*000PHO 295 Jason Kidd*
000NJN 2007–08
000DAL 2008–12
000NYK 2012–13
3,277 2007–08
2008–09 Russell Westbrook^000OKC 274 3,462 2008–09
2009–10 Steve Nash*000PHO 295 3,657 2009–10
2010–11 Russell Westbrook^000OKC 316 3,836 2010–11
2011–12 John Wall^000WAS 255 3,927 2011–12
2012–13 James Harden^000HOU 295 4,003 2012–13
2013–14 John Wall^000WAS 295 Kobe Bryant000LAL 3,753 2013–14
2014–15 James Harden^000HOU 321 3,881 2014–15
2015–16 374 4,010 James Harden^000HOU 374 2015–16
2016–17 464 LeBron James^000CLE 3,619 464 2016–17
2017–18 Russell Westbrook^000OKC 381 3,966 2017–18
Season Year-by-year leader TOV Active player leader TOV Career record TOV Single-season record TOV Season


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record turnover statistics until the 1977–78 season.
  2. ^ a b c "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Turnovers". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for three calendar years.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before blocks were officially recorded.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Turnovers were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).
  7. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  8. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.

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