List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders

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This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff steals recorded.1

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on June 20, 2013.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration2
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)3 Total steals Games played4 Steals per game
average5
1 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19881998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002003)
395 208 1.90
2 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19851993, 19951998) 376 179 2.10
3 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19801991, 1996) 358 190 1.88
4 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19852003) 338 182 1.86
5 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (19972004, 20062012) 310 220 1.41
6 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG Phoenix Suns (19972001)
New Jersey Nets (20022007)
Dallas Mavericks (20082012)
New York Knicks (2013)
302 158 1.91
7 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19801988, 19901992) 296 164 1.80
8 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks PG Philadelphia 76ers (19791987, 1989)
New York Knicks (19901991, 1993)
295 133 2.22
9 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19841994)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
278 145 1.92
10 Horry, RobertRobert Horry PF Houston Rockets (19931996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19972003)
San Antonio Spurs (20042008)
276 244 1.13
11 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher^ PG Los Angeles Lakers (19972004)
Utah Jazz (2007)
Los Angeles Lakers (20082011)
Oklahoma City Thunder (20122013)
259 240 1.08
12 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19862003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004)
258 193 1.34
13 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19781980)
Phoenix Suns (19811983)
Boston Celtics (19841990)
247 180 1.37
14 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*6 C Houston Rockets (19851991, 19931999)
Toronto Raptors (2002)
245 145 1.69
15 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20062010)
Miami Heat (20112013)
236 138 1.71
16 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* SF Philadelphia 76ers (19771987) 235 141 1.67
17 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* PG Detroit Pistons (19841992) 234 111 2.11
18 Scott, ByronByron Scott SG Los Angeles Lakers (19841993)
Indiana Pacers (19941995)
Los Angeles Lakers (1997)
226 183 1.23
19 Ginóbili, ManuManu Ginóbili^ SG San Antonio Spurs (20032008, 20102013) 221 157 1.41
20 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ SG Miami Heat (20042007, 20092013) 220 132 1.67
21 Payton, GaryGary Payton* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19911998, 2000, 2002)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004)
Boston Celtics (2005)
Miami Heat (20062007)
216 154 1.40
22 Cooper, MichaelMichael Cooper SG/SF Los Angeles Lakers (19801990) 203 168 1.21
23 Wallace, BenBen Wallace C/PF Detroit Pistons (20022006)
Chicago Bulls (2007)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20082009)
199 130 1.53
24 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19851987, 19891991)
Phoenix Suns (19931996)
Houston Rockets (19971999)
193 123 1.57
25 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*7 C Milwaukee Bucks (1970–1973)8
Milwaukee Bucks (1974)
Los Angeles Lakers (19771989)
189 196 0.96

See also

References

  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. The years listed are only ones in which the player played in a playoff game.
  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 Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.
  8. ^ Steals were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and playoff appearance(s).

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