NBA Honors: Steals Leaders, Year by Year

This is the complete list of all the NBA players that led the league in steals, year by year.

Current Steals Leader:

Stephen Curry
2015-16 Steals Leader

NBA Honors: Steals Leaders

The steals were not recorded and were not an official statistic until the 1973-74 season.

In 41 seasons with this stat only 3 times the top stealer has been in the championship team: Rick Barry in 1975, Magic Johnson in 1982 and Michael Jordan in 1993.

Chris Paul led the league in steals in 6 of the last 8 NBA seasons. Stephen Curry was the scoring and steal leader in 2015-16.

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NBA Champions = NBA Champion that same year

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NBA Steals Leaders Year by Year

Season Player   Team Steals Per Game Total Steals Games
2015-16 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2.1 169 79
2014-15 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 2.3 148 64
2013-14 Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.5 154 62
2012-13 Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.4 169 70
2011-12 Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.5 152 60
2010-11 Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.4 188 80
2009-10 Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 2.3 189 81
2008-09 Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.8 216 78
2007-08 Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.7 217 80
2006-07 Baron Davis Golden State Warriors 2.1 135 63
2005-06 Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2.5 138 55
2004-05 Larry Hughes Washington Wizards 2.9 176 61
2003-04 Baron Davis New Orleans Hornets 2.4 158 67
2002-03 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2.7 225 82
2001-02 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2.8 168 60
2000-01 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2.5 178 71
1999-00 Eddie Jones Charlotte Hornets 2.7 192 72
1998-99 Kendall Gill New Jersey Nets 2.7 134 50
1997-98 Mookie Blaylock Atlanta Hawks 2.6 183 70
1996-97 Mookie Blaylock Atlanta Hawks 2.7 212 78
1995-96 Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics 2.9 231 81
1994-95 Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls 2.9 232 79
1993-94 Nate McMillan Seattle Supersonics 3.0 216 73
1992-93 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls 2.8 221 78
1991-92 John Stockton Utah Jazz 3.0 244 82
1990-91 Alvin Robertson Milwaukee Bucks 3.0 246 81
1989-90 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 2.8 227 82
1988-89 John Stockton Utah Jazz 3.2 263 82
1987-88 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 3.2 259 82
1986-87 Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs 3.2 260 81
1985-86 Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs 3.7 301 82
1984-85 Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets 3.0 243 82
1983-84 Rickey Green Utah Jazz 2.7 215 81
1982-83 Micheal Ray Richardson Golden State Warriors / New Jersey Nets 2.8 182 64
1981-82 Magic Johnson
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers 2.7 208 78
1980-81 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 3.4 127 37
1979-80 Micheal Ray Richardson New York Knicks 3.2 265 82
1978-79 M.L. Carr Detroit Pistons 2.5 197 80
1977-78 Ron Lee Phoenix Suns 2.7 225 82
1976-77 Don Buse Indiana Pacers 3.5 281 81
1975-76 Slick Watts Seattle Supersonics 3.2 261 82
1974-75 Rick Barry
NBA Champions
Golden State Warriors 2.9 228 80
1973-74 Larry Steele Portland Trail Blazers 2.7 217 81