NBA All-Time Steals Leaders: Career Per Game Average in the Playoffs

List with the stats for the top 50 players with the best career steals per game average in the Playoffs in NBA history.

Notes: - These stats were updated on April 17, 2024
- Steals were not recorded until 1973-74.
- In this case, 'Playoffs' and 'Games' only include playoffs since 1974.
- This list includes players with a minimum of 3 games.

* Players in bold played in the 2024 Playoffs

NBA All-Time Steals Leaders:
Career Per Game Average in the Playoffs - Top 50

Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Playoffs Games
1. Micheal Ray Richardson 2.78 50 4 18
2. Alvin Robertson 2.77 36 4 13
3. Slick Watts 2.53 43 3 17
4. Baron Davis 2.28 114 7 50
5. Maurice Cheeks 2.22 295 13 133
6. Rick Barry 2.21 106 5 48
7. Mookie Blaylock 2.15 116 8 54
8. De'Aaron Fox 2.14 15 1 7
9. Walt Frazier 2.13 32 2 15
10. Isiah Thomas 2.11 234 9 111
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Playoffs Games
11. Michael Jordan 2.10 376 13 179
12. Allen Iverson 2.07 147 8 71
13. Bill Robinzine 2.00 16 2 8
14. Sam Lacey 1.93 56 4 29
15. Chris Paul 1.93 287 15 149
16. Clyde Drexler 1.92 278 15 145
17. Jason Kidd 1.91 302 17 158
18. Scottie Pippen 1.90 395 16 208
19. Magic Johnson 1.88 358 13 190
20. Penny Hardaway 1.86 119 8 64
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Playoffs Games
21. John Stockton 1.86 338 19 182
22. Fat Lever 1.85 89 8 48
23. Herbert Jones 1.83 11 1 6
24. Larry Bird 1.80 296 12 164
25. Randy Smith 1.79 43 4 24
26. Brevin Knight 1.79 25 3 14
27. Kawhi Leonard 1.78 244 10 137
28. Russell Westbrook 1.76 204 12 116
29. Gus Williams 1.76 174 10 99
30. Ed Ratleff 1.75 14 1 8
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Playoffs Games
31. Norm Van Lier 1.74 47 3 27
32. Muggsy Bogues 1.74 33 5 19
33. John Wall 1.73 64 4 37
34. Johnny Moore 1.71 70 5 41
35. Rajon Rondo 1.70 228 10 134
36. Jimmy Butler 1.70 202 11 119
37. Hakeem Olajuwon 1.69 245 15 145
38. Micheal Williams 1.69 27 4 16
39. LeBron James 1.67 471 16 282
40. James Harden 1.67 267 14 160
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Playoffs Games
41. Billy Ray Bates 1.67 10 2 6
Robert Covington 1.67 50 4 30
Julius Erving 1.67 235 11 141
44. Don Chaney 1.65 66 3 40
45. Victor Oladipo 1.64 54 5 33
46. Larry Hughes 1.63 80 5 49
47. Kerry Kittles 1.61 87 4 54
48. Hersey Hawkins 1.61 119 8 74
49. Doug Christie 1.60 93 7 58
50. Michael Adams 1.60 32 5 20
Otis Birdsong 1.60 56 7 35
Darius Garland 1.60 8 1 5