Note: Steals have been compiled since 1973-74
Most steals per game, season
12.9-Phoenix, 1977-78 (1,059/82)

Fewest steals per game, season
5.94-Detroit, 1990-91 (487/82)

Most steals, game
27-Seattle vs. Toronto, January 15, 1997

Fewest steals, game
0-Accomplished 27 times. Most recent: Portland at Sacramento, March 22, 2005

Most steals, both teams, game
40-Golden State (24) vs. Los Angeles (16), January 21, 1975
40 - Philadelphia (24) vs. Detroit (16), November 11, 1978
40 - Golden State (25) vs. San Antonio (15), February 15, 1989

Fewest steals, both teams, game
2-Detroit (1) at New York (1), October 9, 1973
2 - San Antonio (1) at Charlotte (1), February 6, 1996

Most steals, one half
17-Golden State vs. San Antonio, February 15, 1989

Most steals, one quarter
11-Los Angeles vs. Chicago, March 12, 1982
11 - New Jersey vs. L.A. Clippers, March 1, 1988
11 - Miami at L.A. Clippers, February 28, 1992
11 - Milwaukee vs. Orlando, March 6, 1992
11 - L.A. Lakers at Dallas, December 13, 1994
11 - Seattle vs. Toronto, January 15, 1997
11 - Boston at Chicago, April 1, 1997
11 - Boston vs. Houston, December 10, 1999

Most seasons leading league
3-Micheal Ray Richardson, New York, 1979-80; Golden State, New Jersey, 1982-83; New Jersey, 1984-85
3 - Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 1985-86-1986-87; Milwaukee, 1990-91
3 - Michael Jordan, Chicago, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1992-93
3 Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2000-01 2002-03

Most consecutive seasons leading league
3 Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 2000-01 2002-03
2-Magic Johnson, Los Angeles, 1980-81-1981-82
2 - Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 1985-86-1986-87
2 - Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta, 1996-97 - 1997-98

Most steals, career
3,625 John Stockton, Utah, 1984-85 2002-03

Highest average, steals per game, career
(minimum 400 games)
2.71-Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 1984-85-1988-89; Milwaukee, 1989-90-1992-93; Detroit, 1992-93; Toronto, 1995-96 (2,112/779)

Most steals, season
301-Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 1985-86

Highest average, steals per game, season (qualifiers)
3.67-Alvin Robertson, San Antonio, 1985-86 (301/82)

Most steals, rookie, season
211-Dudley Bradley, Indiana, 1979-80

Highest average, steals per game, rookie, season (qualifiers)
2.57-Dudley Bradley, Indiana, 1979-80 (211/82)

Most steals, game
11-Larry Kenon, San Antonio at Kansas City, December 26, 1976
11-Kendall Gill, New Jersey vs. Miami, April 3, 1999

Most steals, one half
8-Quinn Buckner, Milwaukee vs. N.Y. Nets, November 27, 1976
8 - Fred Brown, Seattle at Philadelphia, December 3, 1976
8 - Gus Williams, Seattle at Washington, January 23, 1979
8 - Eddie Jordan, New Jersey at Chicago, October 23, 1979
8 - Dudley Bradley, Indiana at Utah, November 10, 1980
8 - Rob Williams, Denver at New Jersey, February 17, 1983
8 - Fat Lever, Denver vs. Indiana, March 9, 1985
8 - Michael Jordan, Chicago at Boston, November 9, 1988
8 - Clyde Drexler, Houston vs. Sacramento, November 1, 1996
8 - Doug Christie, Toronto at Philadelphia, April 2, 1997
8 - Michael Finley, Dallas vs. Philadelphia, January 23, 2001

Most steals, one quarter
8-Fat Lever, Denver vs. Indiana, March 9, 1985