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. John Stockton* 3.67 1989
  Steve Mix 3.67 1976
  Walt Frazier* 3.67 1975
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. Clyde Drexler* 3.00 1988
  Slick Watts 3.00 1975
  John Stockton* 3.00 1987
  Jason Kidd 3.00 2012
  Ron Harper 3.00 1993
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
  Brevin Knight 2.80 2004
  Andre Iguodala 2.80 2005
  Baron Davis 2.80 2001
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. Trevor Ariza 2.60 2016
  Allen Iverson* 2.60 2002
  Sedale Threatt 2.60 1993
  Maurice Cheeks 2.60 1984
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2010
  Metta World Peace 2.60 2002
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1984
  Kawhi Leonard 2.60 2016
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1987
  Bill Robinzine 2.60 1979
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2011
  Kevin Johnson 2.60 1997
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. John Bagley 2.50 1985
  Nate McMillan 2.50 1995
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1990
  Charles Barkley* 2.50 1994
  Mark Jackson 2.50 1988
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1989
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1991
  Terry Porter 2.50 1987
  Terry Porter 2.50 1988
  Sarunas Marciulionis* 2.50 1996
  Monta Ellis 2.50 2013
  Don Buse 2.50 1975
  Rajon Rondo 2.50 2009
  Metta World Peace 2.50 2003
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1980
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1981
  Jason Kidd 2.50 2005
  Doug Christie 2.50 2001
  Eddie Jones 2.50 2000
  Brevin Knight 2.50 1998
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1997
  Allen Iverson* 2.50 1999
83. Lionel Hollins 2.47 1977
84. Scottie Pippen* 2.47 1991
  Ben Wallace 2.47 2003
  Michael Jordan* 2.47 1989
87. Jimmy Butler 2.42 2015
  Allen Iverson* 2.42 2003
89. Tony Allen 2.40 2015
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.40 1997
  Dominique Wilkins* 2.40 1984
  John Stockton* 2.40 1993
  James Harden 2.40 2016
  Phil Ford 2.40 1979
  Mike Barr 2.40 1974
  Scottie Pippen* 2.40 1994
  Stephon Marbury 2.40 1998
  Michael Jordan* 2.40 1988
  Reggie Lewis 2.40 1992
  Doc Rivers 2.40 1984
101. Maurice Cheeks 2.38 1985
102. Robert Reid 2.38 1981
103. Rajon Rondo 2.37 2012
104. Fat Lever 2.36 1985
  Allen Iverson* 2.36 2001
106. Brian Taylor 2.36 1974
107. Michael Jordan* 2.35 1991
108. Larry Bird* 2.35 1984
109. Chris Paul 2.33 2008
  Khris Middleton 2.33 2015
  Jason Kidd 2.33 2010
  LeBron James 2.33 2016
  Kendall Gill 2.33 1993
  Ron Boone 2.33 1975
  Paul Pressey 2.33 1987
116. Michael Jordan* 2.30 1995
  Derek Harper 2.30 1986
118. Larry Bird* 2.29 1981
119. Maurice Cheeks 2.29 1982
  Craig Hodges 2.29 1986
121. Danny Ainge 2.28 1986
122. Jason Kidd 2.27 2004
123. Gus Williams 2.27 1980
  Magic Johnson* 2.27 1983
125. Paul Pressey 2.25 1985
  George Lynch 2.25 1999
  Charles Barkley* 2.25 1986
128. Larry Hughes 2.22 2006
  Byron Scott 2.22 1990
  John Stockton* 2.22 1991
131. Dwyane Wade 2.22 2006
132. Stew Johnson 2.20 1975
  Glen Rice 2.20 1994
  Charles Oakley 2.20 1997
  Jason Kidd 2.20 1997
  Kelly Tripucka 2.20 1984
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1990
  Ron Harper 2.20 1989
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1987
  Gus Williams 2.20 1986
  Mookie Blaylock 2.20 1996
  Andrei Kirilenko 2.20 2009
  Jason Kidd 2.20 2009
144. Mookie Blaylock 2.18 1994
145. Andre Iguodala 2.17 2008
  Gilbert Arenas 2.17 2006
  Gary Payton* 2.17 1997
  Larry Bird* 2.17 1983
  Fred Brown 2.17 1976
  Josh Howard 2.17 2007
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.17 2003
  Dennis Johnson* 2.17 1986
  Toni Kukoc 2.17 2003
  Metta World Peace 2.17 2012
155. Paul George 2.16 2014
  Russell Westbrook 2.16 2014
  Julius Erving* 2.16 1977
  Byron Scott 2.16 1985
  Scottie Pippen* 2.16 1993
160. Caron Butler 2.15 2004
161. Isiah Thomas* 2.15 1990
162. Smush Parker 2.14 2006
  Dennis Johnson* 2.14 1982
  Bonzi Wells 2.14 2003
  Quinn Buckner 2.14 1980
  Scottie Pippen* 2.14 1998
  Monta Ellis 2.14 2016
  Don Buse 2.14 1974
169. Clyde Drexler* 2.12 1991
  John Stockton* 2.12 1992
  Fred Brown 2.12 1975
  Sedale Threatt 2.12 1989
173. Larry Bird* 2.12 1988
174. Isiah Thomas* 2.11 1985
175. Nate McMillan 2.11 1993
176. Danny Green 2.10 2016
  Nick Van Exel 2.10 1995
  Mookie Blaylock 2.10 1997
  Gilbert Arenas 2.10 2005
  Dan Majerle 2.10 2000
  Paul Pierce 2.10 2003
182. Doc Rivers 2.08 1988
183. Fatty Taylor 2.08 1975
184. Scottie Pippen* 2.07 1990
185. Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.06 1997
  Doug Christie 2.06 2002
187. Larry Bird* 2.06 1986
188. Michael Jordan* 2.05 1993
  Gar Heard 2.05 1976
190. Derek Fisher 2.05 2008
191. Gus Williams 2.05 1978
192. Jared Dudley 2.00 2015
  James Harden 2.00 2013
  Andre Iguodala 2.00 2013
  Al-Farouq Aminu 2.00 2015
  DeJuan Blair 2.00 2014
  Quinn Buckner 2.00 1978
  Monta Ellis 2.00 2015
  Jim Price 2.00 1977
  James Harden 2.00 2014
  Mike Conley 2.00 2014
  Tony Allen 2.00 2013
  Carmelo Anthony 2.00 2010
  Paul George 2.00 2016
  Slick Watts 2.00 1976
  Jameer Nelson 2.00 2011
  Brian Taylor 2.00 1976
  Sam Lacey 2.00 1975
  Jrue Holiday 2.00 2011
  John Lucas 2.00 1977
  Otis Birdsong 2.00 1979
  Larry Kenon 2.00 1975
  Marvin Barnes 2.00 1975
  George McGinnis 2.00 1975
  Tyrone Corbin 2.00 1989
  Anthony Peeler 2.00 1998
  Charlie Ward 2.00 1998
  Darrell Walker 2.00 1984
  Magic Johnson* 2.00 1984
  T.R. Dunn 2.00 1984
  Mookie Blaylock 2.00 1999
  Grant Hill 2.00 1999
  Grant Long 2.00 1999
  Eddie Jones 2.00 1998
  James Silas 2.00 1974
  Johnny Moore 2.00 1985
  Michael Jordan* 2.00 1992
  Shawn Kemp 2.00 1994
  Cliff Robinson 2.00 1986
  Doc Rivers 2.00 1986
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.00 1986
  Avery Johnson 2.00 1996
  Fat Lever 2.00 1986
  Chris Childs 2.00 1997
  Scottie Pippen* 2.00 2000
  John Stockton* 2.00 2001
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1980
  Kirk Hinrich 2.00 2005
  Larry Hughes 2.00 2005
  Allen Iverson* 2.00 2005
  Andre Miller 2.00 2005
  Gus Williams 2.00 1979
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1979
  Caron Butler 2.00 2006
  Kerry Kittles 2.00 2004
  Marquis Daniels 2.00 2004
  Norm Nixon 2.00 1980
  Sidney Moncrief 2.00 1983
  Maurice Cheeks 2.00 1983
  Aaron McKie 2.00 2002
  Dirk Nowitzki 2.00 2002
  Greg Ballard 2.00 1982
  Alvan Adams 2.00 1982
  Tracy McGrady 2.00 2003
  Ernie Grunfeld 2.00 1981
  Stephen Jackson 2.00 2007

NBA Leaders

NBA Leaders Table
Rank Player SPG Year
1. Maurice Cheeks 4.11 1979
2. Jason Kidd 4.00 1998
  Alvin Robertson 4.00 1988
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. Larry Steele 3.33 1979
  Jerome Kersey 3.33 1989
  Norm Van Lier 3.33 1977
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. Jason Kidd 3.00 2012
  Clyde Drexler* 3.00 1988
  Slick Watts 3.00 1975
  Ron Harper 3.00 1993
  John Stockton* 3.00 1987
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
  Brevin Knight 2.80 2004
  Baron Davis 2.80 2001
  Andre Iguodala 2.80 2005
35. John Stockton* 2.75 2002
  Michael Jordan* 2.75 1985
  Ron Harper 2.75 1988
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. Metta World Peace 2.60 2002
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1984
  Isiah Thomas* 2.60 1987
  Trevor Ariza 2.60 2016
  Bill Robinzine 2.60 1979
  Kevin Johnson 2.60 1997
  Sedale Threatt 2.60 1993
  Allen Iverson* 2.60 2002
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2010
  Kawhi Leonard 2.60 2016
  Manu Ginobili 2.60 2011
  Maurice Cheeks 2.60 1984
55. Randy Smith 2.57 1975
56. Russell Westbrook 2.56 2016
  Clyde Drexler* 2.56 1985
58. Johnny Moore 2.55 1983
59. Clyde Drexler* 2.52 1990
60. Jason Kidd 2.50 2005
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1997
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1990
  Terry Porter 2.50 1987
  Brevin Knight 2.50 1998
  Doug Christie 2.50 2001
  Terry Porter 2.50 1988
  Mark Jackson 2.50 1988
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1980
  Allen Iverson* 2.50 1999
  Rajon Rondo 2.50 2009
  Charles Barkley* 2.50 1994
  Nate McMillan 2.50 1995
  Maurice Cheeks 2.50 1981
  Sarunas Marciulionis* 2.50 1996
  Monta Ellis 2.50 2013
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.50 1989
  Hersey Hawkins 2.50 1991
  Eddie Jones 2.50 2000
  John Bagley 2.50 1985
  Metta World Peace 2.50 2003
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. Scottie Pippen* 2.40 1994
  Stephon Marbury 2.40 1998
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.40 1997
  John Stockton* 2.40 1993
  Michael Jordan* 2.40 1988
  Phil Ford 2.40 1979
  Tony Allen 2.40 2015
  James Harden 2.40 2016
  Reggie Lewis 2.40 1992
  Dominique Wilkins* 2.40 1984
  Doc Rivers 2.40 1984
98. Maurice Cheeks 2.38 1985
99. Robert Reid 2.38 1981
100. Rajon Rondo 2.37 2012
101. Allen Iverson* 2.36 2001
  Fat Lever 2.36 1985
103. Michael Jordan* 2.35 1991
104. Larry Bird* 2.35 1984
105. Jason Kidd 2.33 2010
  Chris Paul 2.33 2008
  Kendall Gill 2.33 1993
  Paul Pressey 2.33 1987
  LeBron James 2.33 2016
  Khris Middleton 2.33 2015
111. Derek Harper 2.30 1986
  Michael Jordan* 2.30 1995
113. Larry Bird* 2.29 1981
114. Maurice Cheeks 2.29 1982
  Craig Hodges 2.29 1986
116. Danny Ainge 2.28 1986
117. Jason Kidd 2.27 2004
118. Gus Williams 2.27 1980
  Magic Johnson* 2.27 1983
120. Charles Barkley* 2.25 1986
  George Lynch 2.25 1999
  Paul Pressey 2.25 1985
123. Larry Hughes 2.22 2006
  John Stockton* 2.22 1991
  Byron Scott 2.22 1990
126. Dwyane Wade 2.22 2006
127. Glen Rice 2.20 1994
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1987
  Mookie Blaylock 2.20 1996
  Karl Malone* 2.20 1990
  Ron Harper 2.20 1989
  Gus Williams 2.20 1986
  Jason Kidd 2.20 1997
  Charles Oakley 2.20 1997
  Kelly Tripucka 2.20 1984
  Jason Kidd 2.20 2009
  Andrei Kirilenko 2.20 2009
138. Mookie Blaylock 2.18 1994
139. Gary Payton* 2.17 1997
  Toni Kukoc 2.17 2003
  Metta World Peace 2.17 2012
  Dennis Johnson* 2.17 1986
  Anfernee Hardaway 2.17 2003
  Fred Brown 2.17 1976
  Larry Bird* 2.17 1983
  Andre Iguodala 2.17 2008
  Gilbert Arenas 2.17 2006
  Josh Howard 2.17 2007
149. Paul George 2.16 2014
  Julius Erving* 2.16 1977
  Scottie Pippen* 2.16 1993
  Russell Westbrook 2.16 2014
  Byron Scott 2.16 1985
154. Caron Butler 2.15 2004
155. Isiah Thomas* 2.15 1990
156. Monta Ellis 2.14 2016
  Smush Parker 2.14 2006
  Bonzi Wells 2.14 2003
  Dennis Johnson* 2.14 1982
  Scottie Pippen* 2.14 1998
  Quinn Buckner 2.14 1980
162. John Stockton* 2.12 1992
  Sedale Threatt 2.12 1989
  Fred Brown 2.12 1975
  Clyde Drexler* 2.12 1991
166. Larry Bird* 2.12 1988
167. Isiah Thomas* 2.11 1985
168. Nate McMillan 2.11 1993
169. Nick Van Exel 2.10 1995
  Danny Green 2.10 2016
  Dan Majerle 2.10 2000
  Gilbert Arenas 2.10 2005
  Mookie Blaylock 2.10 1997
  Paul Pierce 2.10 2003
175. Doc Rivers 2.08 1988
176. Scottie Pippen* 2.07 1990
177. Doug Christie 2.06 2002
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.06 1997
179. Larry Bird* 2.06 1986
180. Michael Jordan* 2.05 1993
  Gar Heard 2.05 1976
182. Derek Fisher 2.05 2008
183. Gus Williams 2.05 1978
184. Otis Birdsong 2.00 1979
  Ernie Grunfeld 2.00 1981
  John Lucas 2.00 1977
  Alvan Adams 2.00 1982
  Greg Ballard 2.00 1982
  Jrue Holiday 2.00 2011
  Jameer Nelson 2.00 2011
  Slick Watts 2.00 1976
  Sidney Moncrief 2.00 1983
  Carmelo Anthony 2.00 2010
  Maurice Cheeks 2.00 1983
  Kerry Kittles 2.00 2004
  Darrell Walker 2.00 1984
  Jim Price 2.00 1977
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1980
  Julius Erving* 2.00 1979
  James Harden 2.00 2014
  Al-Farouq Aminu 2.00 2015
  Mike Conley 2.00 2014
  Jared Dudley 2.00 2015
  DeJuan Blair 2.00 2014
  Monta Ellis 2.00 2015
  Gus Williams 2.00 1979
  Quinn Buckner 2.00 1978
  Norm Nixon 2.00 1980
  James Harden 2.00 2013
  Paul George 2.00 2016
  Tony Allen 2.00 2013
  Andre Iguodala 2.00 2013
  Magic Johnson* 2.00 1984
  T.R. Dunn 2.00 1984
  Johnny Moore 2.00 1985
  Michael Jordan* 2.00 1992
  Tracy McGrady 2.00 2003
  Tyrone Corbin 2.00 1989
  Shawn Kemp 2.00 1994
  Dirk Nowitzki 2.00 2002
  Aaron McKie 2.00 2002
  Avery Johnson 2.00 1996
  John Stockton* 2.00 2001
  Chris Childs 2.00 1997
  Scottie Pippen* 2.00 2000
  Anthony Peeler 2.00 1998
  Grant Hill 2.00 1999
  Mookie Blaylock 2.00 1999
  Grant Long 2.00 1999
  Charlie Ward 2.00 1998
  Marquis Daniels 2.00 2004
  Eddie Jones 2.00 1998
  Sam Lacey 2.00 1975
  Stephen Jackson 2.00 2007
  Hakeem Olajuwon* 2.00 1986
  Doc Rivers 2.00 1986
  Cliff Robinson 2.00 1986
  Caron Butler 2.00 2006
  Fat Lever 2.00 1986
  Kirk Hinrich 2.00 2005
  Allen Iverson* 2.00 2005
  Andre Miller 2.00 2005
  Larry Hughes 2.00 2005
244. Jerome Kersey 1.95 1992
245. Rick Fox 1.94 2001
246. Doc Rivers 1.93 1993
247. Magic Johnson* 1.93 1989
  Magic Johnson* 1.93 1986
  George Gervin* 1.93 1979
250. Tony Allen 1.92 2011
  Julius Erving* 1.92 1985
  Stephen Jackson 1.92 2005

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. Larry Kenon 2.00 1975
  James Silas 2.00 1974
  George McGinnis 2.00 1975
  Marvin Barnes 2.00 1975
  Brian Taylor 2.00 1976
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. David Thompson* 1.23 1976
  Bobby Jones 1.23 1976
37. Maurice Lucas 1.20 1975
  Bird Averitt 1.20 1976
39. Len Elmore 1.17 1975
40. George McGinnis 1.14 1974
41. Wil Jones 1.13 1975
42. Louie Dampier* 1.10 1976
  Artis Gilmore* 1.10 1976
  Wil Jones 1.10 1976
45. Larry Kenon 1.07 1974
46. Dan Issel* 1.07 1975
47. John Williamson 1.00 1976
  Gerald Govan 1.00 1974
  Dan Issel* 1.00 1976
  Artis Gilmore* 1.00 1975
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. John Williamson 0.71 1974
  Billy Paultz 0.71 1974
61. Darnell Hillman 0.59 1975

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