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

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

Notes: - These stats were updated on May 23, 2024
- Steals were not recorded until 1973-74.
- In this case, 'Seasons' and 'Games' only include seasons since 1973-74.
- This list includes players with an official minimum of 400 games or 625 steals.

* Players in bold played in the 2024 Regular Season

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

Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Seasons Games
1. Alvin Robertson 2.71 2,112 10 779
2. Micheal Ray Richardson 2.63 1,463 8 556
3. Michael Jordan 2.35 2,514 15 1,072
4. Mookie Blaylock 2.33 2,075 13 889
5. Fat Lever 2.22 1,666 11 752
6. Slick Watts 2.20 961 6 437
7. John Stockton 2.17 3,265 19 1,504
8. Allen Iverson 2.17 1,983 14 914
9. Maurice Cheeks 2.10 2,310 15 1,101
10. Chris Paul 2.06 2,614 19 1,272
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Seasons Games
11. Clyde Drexler 2.03 2,207 15 1,086
12. Rick Barry 1.99 1,104 7 554
13. Gus Williams 1.99 1,638 11 825
14. Scottie Pippen 1.96 2,307 17 1,178
15. Johnny Moore 1.96 1,017 9 520
16. Ron Lee 1.94 869 6 448
17. Nate McMillan 1.94 1,544 12 796
18. Jason Kidd 1.93 2,684 19 1,391
19. Magic Johnson 1.90 1,724 13 906
20. Isiah Thomas 1.90 1,861 13 979
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Seasons Games
21. Walt Frazier 1.90 681 7 359
22. Doug Christie 1.88 1,555 15 827
23. Quinn Buckner 1.86 1,337 10 719
24. Mike Gale 1.85 840 6 453
25. Baron Davis 1.83 1,530 13 835
26. Gary Payton 1.83 2,445 17 1,335
27. Ray Williams 1.83 1,198 10 655
28. Eddie Jordan 1.82 766 7 420
29. Doc Rivers 1.81 1,563 13 864
30. Norm Van Lier 1.81 767 6 424
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Seasons Games
31. Julius Erving 1.80 1,508 11 836
32. Larry Steele 1.79 846 7 472
33. Don Buse 1.79 1,160 9 648
34. Ricky Rubio 1.76 1,226 12 698
35. George McGinnis 1.75 923 7 528
36. Hakeem Olajuwon 1.75 2,162 18 1,238
37. Metta World Peace 1.74 1,721 17 991
38. Micheal Williams 1.74 717 10 413
39. Larry Bird 1.73 1,556 13 897
40. Kawhi Leonard 1.72 1,196 12 696
Player
Steals
Total
Steals
Seasons Games
41. Randy Smith 1.72 1,403 10 818
42. Darwin Cook 1.71 1,044 8 612
43. Ron Harper 1.70 1,716 15 1,009
44. Eddie Jones 1.70 1,620 14 954
45. Monta Ellis 1.69 1,409 12 833
46. Paul George 1.69 1,464 14 867
47. Brevin Knight 1.69 1,229 12 729
48. Michael Adams 1.66 1,081 11 653
49. Hersey Hawkins 1.65 1,622 13 983
50. Tim Hardaway 1.65 1,428 13 867