NBA & ABA Single Season Playoff Leaders and Records for Steals Per Game

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NBA/ABA Leaders

NBA/ABA Leaders Table
Rank Player SPG Year
1. Maurice Cheeks 4.11 1979
2. Alvin Robertson 4.00 1988
  Jason Kidd 4.00 1998
4. Mookie Blaylock 3.75 1992
5. Walt Frazier* 3.67 1975
  Steve Mix 3.67 1976
  John Stockton* 3.67 1989
8. Baron Davis 3.56 2002
9. Mike Gale 3.43 1976
10. John Stockton* 3.36 1988
11. Norm Van Lier 3.33 1977
  Larry Steele 3.33 1979
  Jerome Kersey 3.33 1989
14. Tim Hardaway 3.25 1992
15. Tim Hardaway 3.11 1991
16. Micheal Ray Richardson 3.09 1984
17. Magic Johnson* 3.06 1980
18. Slick Watts 3.00 1975
  John Stockton* 3.00 1987
  Clyde Drexler* 3.00 1988
  Ron Harper 3.00 1993
  Jason Kidd 3.00 2012
23. Rick Barry* 2.94 1975
24. Rick Barry* 2.92 1976
25. Baron Davis 2.91 2007
26. Isiah Thomas* 2.87 1988
27. Magic Johnson* 2.86 1982
  Mario Chalmers 2.86 2009
29. Chris Paul 2.85 2014
30. Bobby Jones 2.83 1977
31. Michael Jordan* 2.81 1990
32. Micheal Williams 2.80 1991
  Baron Davis 2.80 2001
  Brevin Knight 2.80 2004
  Andre Iguodala 2.80 2005
36. Michael Jordan* 2.75 1985
  Ron Harper 2.75 1988
  John Stockton* 2.75 2002
39. Chris Paul 2.73 2012
40. Muggsy Bogues 2.67 1993
41. Clyde Drexler* 2.62 1996
  Robert Horry 2.62 1996
43. Scottie Pippen* 2.61 1996
44. Bill Robinzine 2.60 1979
  Maurice Cheeks 2.60 1984
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1984
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1987
  Sedale Threatt 2.60 1993
  Kevin Johnson 2.60 1997
  Metta World Peace 2.60 2002
  Allen Iverson* 2.60 2002
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2010
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2011
  Trevor Ariza 2.60 2016
  Kawhi Leonard 2.60 2016
56. Randy Smith 2.57 1975
57. Clyde Drexler* 2.56 1985
  Russell Westbrook 2.56 2016
59. Johnny Moore 2.55 1983
60. Clyde Drexler* 2.52 1990
61. Don Buse 2.50 1975
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1980
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1981
  John Bagley 2.50 1985
  Terry Porter 2.50 1987
  Mark Jackson 2.50 1988
  Terry Porter 2.50 1988
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1989
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1990
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1991
  Charles Barkley* 2.50 1994
  Nate McMillan 2.50 1995
  Sarunas Marciulionis* 2.50 1996
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1997
  Brevin Knight 2.50 1998
  Allen Iverson* 2.50 1999
  Eddie Jones 2.50 2000
  Doug Christie 2.50 2001
  Metta World Peace 2.50 2003
  Jason Kidd 2.50 2005
  Rajon Rondo 2.50 2009
  Monta Ellis 2.50 2013
83. Lionel Hollins 2.47 1977
84. Michael Jordan* 2.47 1989
  Scottie Pippen* 2.47 1991
  Ben Wallace 2.47 2003
87. Allen Iverson* 2.42 2003
  Jimmy Butler 2.42 2015
89. Mike Barr 2.40 1974
  Phil Ford 2.40 1979
  Doc Rivers 2.40 1984
  Dominique Wilkins* 2.40 1984
  Michael Jordan* 2.40 1988
  Reggie Lewis 2.40 1992
  John Stockton* 2.40 1993
  Scottie Pippen* 2.40 1994
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.40 1997
  Stephon Marbury 2.40 1998
  Tony Allen 2.40 2015
  James Harden 2.40 2016
  Andre Roberson 2.40 2017
  Russell Westbrook 2.40 2017
103. Maurice Cheeks 2.38 1985
104. Robert Reid 2.38 1981
105. Rajon Rondo 2.37 2012
106. Fat Lever 2.36 1985
  Allen Iverson* 2.36 2001
108. Brian Taylor 2.36 1974
109. Michael Jordan* 2.35 1991
110. Larry Bird* 2.35 1984
111. Ron Boone 2.33 1975
  Paul Pressey 2.33 1987
  Kendall Gill 2.33 1993
  Chris Paul 2.33 2008
  Jason Kidd 2.33 2010
  Khris Middleton 2.33 2015
  LeBron James 2.33 2016
118. Derek Harper 2.30 1986
  Michael Jordan* 2.30 1995
120. Larry Bird* 2.29 1981
121. Maurice Cheeks 2.29 1982
  Craig Hodges 2.29 1986
123. Danny Ainge 2.28 1986
124. Jason Kidd 2.27 2004
125. Gus Williams 2.27 1980
  Magic Johnson* 2.27 1983
127. Paul Pressey 2.25 1985
  Charles Barkley* 2.25 1986
  George Lynch 2.25 1999
130. Byron Scott 2.22 1990
  John Stockton* 2.22 1991
  Larry Hughes 2.22 2006
133. Dwyane Wade 2.22 2006
134. Stew Johnson 2.20 1975
  Kelly Tripucka 2.20 1984
  Gus Williams 2.20 1986
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1987
  Ron Harper 2.20 1989
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1990
  Glen Rice 2.20 1994
  Mookie Blaylock 2.20 1996
  Jason Kidd 2.20 1997
  Charles Oakley 2.20 1997
  Jason Kidd 2.20 2009
  Andrei Kirilenko 2.20 2009
146. Mookie Blaylock 2.18 1994
147. Fred Brown 2.17 1976
  Larry Bird* 2.17 1983
  Dennis Johnson* 2.17 1986
  Gary Payton* 2.17 1997
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.17 2003
  Toni Kukoc 2.17 2003
  Gilbert Arenas 2.17 2006
  Josh Howard 2.17 2007
  Andre Iguodala 2.17 2008
  Metta World Peace 2.17 2012
  Giannis Antetokounmpo 2.17 2017
158. Julius Erving* 2.16 1977
  Byron Scott 2.16 1985
  Scottie Pippen* 2.16 1993
  Paul George 2.16 2014
  Russell Westbrook 2.16 2014
163. Caron Butler 2.15 2004
164. Isiah Thomas* 2.15 1990
165. Don Buse 2.14 1974
  Quinn Buckner 2.14 1980
  Dennis Johnson* 2.14 1982
  Scottie Pippen* 2.14 1998
  Bonzi Wells 2.14 2003
  Smush Parker 2.14 2006
  Monta Ellis 2.14 2016
172. Fred Brown 2.12 1975
  Sedale Threatt 2.12 1989
  Clyde Drexler* 2.12 1991
  John Stockton* 2.12 1992
176. Larry Bird* 2.12 1988
177. Isiah Thomas* 2.11 1985
178. Nate McMillan 2.11 1993
179. Nick Van Exel 2.10 1995
  Mookie Blaylock 2.10 1997
  Dan Majerle 2.10 2000
  Paul Pierce 2.10 2003
  Gilbert Arenas 2.10 2005
  Danny Green 2.10 2016
185. Doc Rivers 2.08 1988
186. Fatty Taylor 2.08 1975
187. Scottie Pippen* 2.07 1990
188. Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.06 1997
  Doug Christie 2.06 2002
190. Larry Bird* 2.06 1986
191. Gar Heard 2.05 1976
  Michael Jordan* 2.05 1993
193. Derek Fisher 2.05 2008
194. Gus Williams 2.05 1978
195. James Silas 2.00 1974
  Marvin Barnes 2.00 1975
  Larry Kenon 2.00 1975
  Sam Lacey 2.00 1975
  George McGinnis* 2.00 1975
  Brian Taylor 2.00 1976
  Slick Watts 2.00 1976
  John Lucas 2.00 1977
  Jim Price 2.00 1977
  Quinn Buckner 2.00 1978
  Otis Birdsong 2.00 1979
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1979
  Gus Williams 2.00 1979
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1980
  Norm Nixon 2.00 1980
  Ernie Grunfeld 2.00 1981
  Alvan Adams 2.00 1982
  Greg Ballard 2.00 1982
  Maurice Cheeks 2.00 1983
  Sidney Moncrief 2.00 1983
  T.R. Dunn 2.00 1984
  Magic Johnson* 2.00 1984
  Darrell Walker 2.00 1984
  Johnny Moore 2.00 1985
  Fat Lever 2.00 1986
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.00 1986
  Doc Rivers 2.00 1986
  Cliff Robinson 2.00 1986
  Tyrone Corbin 2.00 1989
  Michael Jordan* 2.00 1992
  Shawn Kemp 2.00 1994
  Avery Johnson 2.00 1996
  Chris Childs 2.00 1997
  Eddie Jones 2.00 1998
  Anthony Peeler 2.00 1998
  Charlie Ward 2.00 1998
  Mookie Blaylock 2.00 1999
  Grant Hill 2.00 1999
  Grant Long 2.00 1999
  Scottie Pippen* 2.00 2000
  John Stockton* 2.00 2001
  Aaron McKie 2.00 2002
  Dirk Nowitzki 2.00 2002
  Tracy McGrady* 2.00 2003
  Marquis Daniels 2.00 2004
  Kerry Kittles 2.00 2004
  Kirk Hinrich 2.00 2005
  Larry Hughes 2.00 2005
  Allen Iverson* 2.00 2005
  Andre Miller 2.00 2005
  Caron Butler 2.00 2006
  Stephen Jackson 2.00 2007
  Carmelo Anthony 2.00 2010
  Jrue Holiday 2.00 2011
  Jameer Nelson 2.00 2011
  Tony Allen 2.00 2013
  James Harden 2.00 2013
  Andre Iguodala 2.00 2013
  DeJuan Blair 2.00 2014
  Mike Conley 2.00 2014
  James Harden 2.00 2014
  Al-Farouq Aminu 2.00 2015
  Jared Dudley 2.00 2015
  Monta Ellis 2.00 2015
  Paul George 2.00 2016
  Stephen Curry 2.00 2017
  Joe Ingles 2.00 2017
  Khris Middleton 2.00 2017

NBA Leaders

NBA Leaders Table
Rank Player SPG Year
1. Maurice Cheeks 4.11 1979
2. Alvin Robertson 4.00 1988
  Jason Kidd 4.00 1998
4. Mookie Blaylock 3.75 1992
5. Walt Frazier* 3.67 1975
  Steve Mix 3.67 1976
  John Stockton* 3.67 1989
8. Baron Davis 3.56 2002
9. John Stockton* 3.36 1988
10. Norm Van Lier 3.33 1977
  Larry Steele 3.33 1979
  Jerome Kersey 3.33 1989
13. Tim Hardaway 3.25 1992
14. Tim Hardaway 3.11 1991
15. Micheal Ray Richardson 3.09 1984
16. Magic Johnson* 3.06 1980
17. Slick Watts 3.00 1975
  John Stockton* 3.00 1987
  Clyde Drexler* 3.00 1988
  Ron Harper 3.00 1993
  Jason Kidd 3.00 2012
22. Rick Barry* 2.94 1975
23. Rick Barry* 2.92 1976
24. Baron Davis 2.91 2007
25. Isiah Thomas* 2.87 1988
26. Magic Johnson* 2.86 1982
  Mario Chalmers 2.86 2009
28. Chris Paul 2.85 2014
29. Bobby Jones 2.83 1977
30. Michael Jordan* 2.81 1990
31. Micheal Williams 2.80 1991
  Baron Davis 2.80 2001
  Brevin Knight 2.80 2004
  Andre Iguodala 2.80 2005
35. Michael Jordan* 2.75 1985
  Ron Harper 2.75 1988
  John Stockton* 2.75 2002
38. Chris Paul 2.73 2012
39. Muggsy Bogues 2.67 1993
40. Clyde Drexler* 2.62 1996
  Robert Horry 2.62 1996
42. Scottie Pippen* 2.61 1996
43. Bill Robinzine 2.60 1979
  Maurice Cheeks 2.60 1984
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1984
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1987
  Sedale Threatt 2.60 1993
  Kevin Johnson 2.60 1997
  Metta World Peace 2.60 2002
  Allen Iverson* 2.60 2002
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2010
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2011
  Trevor Ariza 2.60 2016
  Kawhi Leonard 2.60 2016
55. Randy Smith 2.57 1975
56. Clyde Drexler* 2.56 1985
  Russell Westbrook 2.56 2016
58. Johnny Moore 2.55 1983
59. Clyde Drexler* 2.52 1990
60. Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1980
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1981
  John Bagley 2.50 1985
  Terry Porter 2.50 1987
  Mark Jackson 2.50 1988
  Terry Porter 2.50 1988
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1989
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1990
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1991
  Charles Barkley* 2.50 1994
  Nate McMillan 2.50 1995
  Sarunas Marciulionis* 2.50 1996
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1997
  Brevin Knight 2.50 1998
  Allen Iverson* 2.50 1999
  Eddie Jones 2.50 2000
  Doug Christie 2.50 2001
  Metta World Peace 2.50 2003
  Jason Kidd 2.50 2005
  Rajon Rondo 2.50 2009
  Monta Ellis 2.50 2013
81. Lionel Hollins 2.47 1977
82. Michael Jordan* 2.47 1989
  Scottie Pippen* 2.47 1991
  Ben Wallace 2.47 2003
85. Allen Iverson* 2.42 2003
  Jimmy Butler 2.42 2015
87. Phil Ford 2.40 1979
  Doc Rivers 2.40 1984
  Dominique Wilkins* 2.40 1984
  Michael Jordan* 2.40 1988
  Reggie Lewis 2.40 1992
  John Stockton* 2.40 1993
  Scottie Pippen* 2.40 1994
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.40 1997
  Stephon Marbury 2.40 1998
  Tony Allen 2.40 2015
  James Harden 2.40 2016
  Andre Roberson 2.40 2017
  Russell Westbrook 2.40 2017
100. Maurice Cheeks 2.38 1985
101. Robert Reid 2.38 1981
102. Rajon Rondo 2.37 2012
103. Fat Lever 2.36 1985
  Allen Iverson* 2.36 2001
105. Michael Jordan* 2.35 1991
106. Larry Bird* 2.35 1984
107. Paul Pressey 2.33 1987
  Kendall Gill 2.33 1993
  Chris Paul 2.33 2008
  Jason Kidd 2.33 2010
  Khris Middleton 2.33 2015
  LeBron James 2.33 2016
113. Derek Harper 2.30 1986
  Michael Jordan* 2.30 1995
115. Larry Bird* 2.29 1981
116. Maurice Cheeks 2.29 1982
  Craig Hodges 2.29 1986
118. Danny Ainge 2.28 1986
119. Jason Kidd 2.27 2004
120. Gus Williams 2.27 1980
  Magic Johnson* 2.27 1983
122. Paul Pressey 2.25 1985
  Charles Barkley* 2.25 1986
  George Lynch 2.25 1999
125. Byron Scott 2.22 1990
  John Stockton* 2.22 1991
  Larry Hughes 2.22 2006
128. Dwyane Wade 2.22 2006
129. Kelly Tripucka 2.20 1984
  Gus Williams 2.20 1986
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1987
  Ron Harper 2.20 1989
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1990
  Glen Rice 2.20 1994
  Mookie Blaylock 2.20 1996
  Jason Kidd 2.20 1997
  Charles Oakley 2.20 1997
  Jason Kidd 2.20 2009
  Andrei Kirilenko 2.20 2009
140. Mookie Blaylock 2.18 1994
141. Fred Brown 2.17 1976
  Larry Bird* 2.17 1983
  Dennis Johnson* 2.17 1986
  Gary Payton* 2.17 1997
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.17 2003
  Toni Kukoc 2.17 2003
  Gilbert Arenas 2.17 2006
  Josh Howard 2.17 2007
  Andre Iguodala 2.17 2008
  Metta World Peace 2.17 2012
  Giannis Antetokounmpo 2.17 2017
152. Julius Erving* 2.16 1977
  Byron Scott 2.16 1985
  Scottie Pippen* 2.16 1993
  Paul George 2.16 2014
  Russell Westbrook 2.16 2014
157. Caron Butler 2.15 2004
158. Isiah Thomas* 2.15 1990
159. Quinn Buckner 2.14 1980
  Dennis Johnson* 2.14 1982
  Scottie Pippen* 2.14 1998
  Bonzi Wells 2.14 2003
  Smush Parker 2.14 2006
  Monta Ellis 2.14 2016
165. Fred Brown 2.12 1975
  Sedale Threatt 2.12 1989
  Clyde Drexler* 2.12 1991
  John Stockton* 2.12 1992
169. Larry Bird* 2.12 1988
170. Isiah Thomas* 2.11 1985
171. Nate McMillan 2.11 1993
172. Nick Van Exel 2.10 1995
  Mookie Blaylock 2.10 1997
  Dan Majerle 2.10 2000
  Paul Pierce 2.10 2003
  Gilbert Arenas 2.10 2005
  Danny Green 2.10 2016
178. Doc Rivers 2.08 1988
179. Scottie Pippen* 2.07 1990
180. Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.06 1997
  Doug Christie 2.06 2002
182. Larry Bird* 2.06 1986
183. Gar Heard 2.05 1976
  Michael Jordan* 2.05 1993
185. Derek Fisher 2.05 2008
186. Gus Williams 2.05 1978
187. Sam Lacey 2.00 1975
  Slick Watts 2.00 1976
  John Lucas 2.00 1977
  Jim Price 2.00 1977
  Quinn Buckner 2.00 1978
  Otis Birdsong 2.00 1979
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1979
  Gus Williams 2.00 1979
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1980
  Norm Nixon 2.00 1980
  Ernie Grunfeld 2.00 1981
  Alvan Adams 2.00 1982
  Greg Ballard 2.00 1982
  Maurice Cheeks 2.00 1983
  Sidney Moncrief 2.00 1983
  T.R. Dunn 2.00 1984
  Magic Johnson* 2.00 1984
  Darrell Walker 2.00 1984
  Johnny Moore 2.00 1985
  Fat Lever 2.00 1986
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.00 1986
  Doc Rivers 2.00 1986
  Cliff Robinson 2.00 1986
  Tyrone Corbin 2.00 1989
  Michael Jordan* 2.00 1992
  Shawn Kemp 2.00 1994
  Avery Johnson 2.00 1996
  Chris Childs 2.00 1997
  Eddie Jones 2.00 1998
  Anthony Peeler 2.00 1998
  Charlie Ward 2.00 1998
  Mookie Blaylock 2.00 1999
  Grant Hill 2.00 1999
  Grant Long 2.00 1999
  Scottie Pippen* 2.00 2000
  John Stockton* 2.00 2001
  Aaron McKie 2.00 2002
  Dirk Nowitzki 2.00 2002
  Tracy McGrady* 2.00 2003
  Marquis Daniels 2.00 2004
  Kerry Kittles 2.00 2004
  Kirk Hinrich 2.00 2005
  Larry Hughes 2.00 2005
  Allen Iverson* 2.00 2005
  Andre Miller 2.00 2005
  Caron Butler 2.00 2006
  Stephen Jackson 2.00 2007
  Carmelo Anthony 2.00 2010
  Jrue Holiday 2.00 2011
  Jameer Nelson 2.00 2011
  Tony Allen 2.00 2013
  James Harden 2.00 2013
  Andre Iguodala 2.00 2013
  DeJuan Blair 2.00 2014
  Mike Conley 2.00 2014
  James Harden 2.00 2014
  Al-Farouq Aminu 2.00 2015
  Jared Dudley 2.00 2015
  Monta Ellis 2.00 2015
  Paul George 2.00 2016
  Stephen Curry 2.00 2017
  Joe Ingles 2.00 2017
  Khris Middleton 2.00 2017
250. Jerome Kersey 1.95 1992

ABA Leaders

ABA Leaders Table
Rank Player SPG Year
1. Mike Gale 3.43 1976
2. Don Buse 2.50 1975
3. Mike Barr 2.40 1974
4. Brian Taylor 2.36 1974
5. Ron Boone 2.33 1975
6. Stew Johnson 2.20 1975
7. Don Buse 2.14 1974
8. Fatty Taylor 2.08 1975
9. Marvin Barnes 2.00 1975
  George McGinnis* 2.00 1975
  Brian Taylor 2.00 1976
  James Silas 2.00 1974
  Larry Kenon 2.00 1975
14. Ted McClain 1.93 1975
15. Julius Erving* 1.92 1976
16. Bo Lamar 1.83 1974
17. Wendell Ladner 1.79 1974
18. Freddie Lewis 1.78 1975
19. Mack Calvin 1.77 1975
20. Rich Jones 1.75 1976
21. Freddie Lewis 1.71 1974
22. Don Adams 1.70 1975
23. Ralph Simpson 1.69 1975
24. Ron Boone 1.67 1974
25. Al Skinner 1.62 1976
  Ralph Simpson 1.62 1976
27. Julius Erving* 1.57 1974
28. Jimmy Jones 1.50 1974
29. George Karl 1.43 1974
30. Willie Wise 1.39 1974
31. Zelmo Beaty* 1.38 1974
32. Mike Gale 1.36 1974
33. Mike Barr 1.30 1975
34. Louie Dampier* 1.27 1975
35. Bobby Jones 1.23 1976
  David Thompson* 1.23 1976
37. Bird Averitt 1.20 1976
  Maurice Lucas 1.20 1975
39. Len Elmore 1.17 1975
40. George McGinnis* 1.14 1974
41. Wil Jones 1.13 1975
42. Artis Gilmore* 1.10 1976
  Louie Dampier* 1.10 1976
  Wil Jones 1.10 1976
45. Larry Kenon 1.07 1974
46. Dan Issel* 1.07 1975
47. Artis Gilmore* 1.00 1975
  Gerald Govan 1.00 1974
  Dan Issel* 1.00 1976
  John Williamson 1.00 1976
51. Kevin Joyce 0.94 1975
  Billy Knight 0.94 1975
53. Bobby Jones 0.92 1975
54. Dave Robisch 0.85 1975
55. Kim Hughes 0.83 1976
56. Mel Daniels* 0.79 1974
57. Mike Green 0.77 1975
58. Ronald Thomas 0.73 1975
59. Billy Paultz 0.71 1974
  John Williamson 0.71 1974
61. Darnell Hillman 0.59 1975

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