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 June 17, 2022
- 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 2022 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. Chris Paul 2.12 2,453 17 1,155
10. Maurice Cheeks 2.10 2,310 15 1,101
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
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. Ricky Rubio 1.80 1,200 11 665
32. Julius Erving 1.80 1,508 11 836
33. Larry Steele 1.79 846 7 472
34. Don Buse 1.79 1,160 9 648
35. Kawhi Leonard 1.76 1,013 10 576
36. George McGinnis 1.75 923 7 528
37. Hakeem Olajuwon 1.75 2,162 18 1,238
38. Metta World Peace 1.74 1,721 17 991
39. Micheal Williams 1.74 717 10 413
40. Larry Bird 1.73 1,556 13 897
41. Paul George 1.72 1,268 12 737
42. Randy Smith 1.72 1,403 10 818
43. Darwin Cook 1.71 1,044 8 612
44. Ron Harper 1.70 1,716 15 1,009
45. Eddie Jones 1.70 1,620 14 954
46. Monta Ellis 1.69 1,409 12 833
47. Brevin Knight 1.69 1,229 12 729
48. Russell Westbrook 1.66 1,699 14 1,021
49. John Wall 1.66 1,018 10 613
50. Michael Adams 1.66 1,081 11 653