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Steal

What is Steal?

A statistic awarded to a defensive player who forces a turnover by intercepting or deflecting a pass or a dribble of an offensive player.

Sporting Charts explains Steal - basketball

The defensive player who forces a turnover by deflecting a pass or a dribble is awarded the steal, not the defensive player who eventually gains possession.

The NBA started recording steals during the 1973-74 season. Former Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton is the NBA all-time leader in steals with 3,265.

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