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Who is the next great steals guy?

I haven't liked anyone since Artest.

Chris Paul had a few good years in the late 2000s. I haven't liked him much after that, even though he has 6 steals titles.

Oladipo is usually not healthy, so that mars things.

What's weird is that with the pace of the game being faster the past few years, we still don't have people doing 2.5+, like they used to do.

NBA & ABA Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Steals Per Game | Basketball-Reference.com
 

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Gerald Wallace and Brevin Knight were also pretty good. But that was a long time ago. And both of those guys get injured too much.

I want someone durable, so I can follow them year by year.
 

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This doesn't just have to be about guards.

Malone and Olajuwon were great stealing big men.

Antetokounmpo hasn't done it for me yet. He had 2 seasons with 1.6 and 1.5, then dropped off. Only 1.0 this year. :eek:

It's not just about averages, but the way they do it too.
 

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@MHSL82, this may be random. But for Malone's belated birthday, and to try and quench my desire for some steals, can you name a year or two that you felt Malone was good at steals?

I will then try to watch a playoffs game from that year.

Yes, that will be a lot of random luck to see if the playoffs game I watch ends up being a good steal game, or something where I feel the steal is memorable.

But I have to start somewhere.

Plus, you gave a great recommendation for the 1988 Lakers series, so your credibility in picking things is strong.

It would be great if I could see Malone with some good deflections or steals, like I saw Stockton do in that aforementioned series.
 

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I have such an underwhelming outlook on Kirilenko. His All-Star year showed so much promise as a rebound, assists, steals, blocks guy.

He could have been the next great steals guy that I followed. But he became inconsistent.

I wanted him to be that year in, year out guy.
 

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Posting for the comments, particularly the last five to ten seconds.
 

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Posting for the comments, particularly the last five to ten seconds.

3 steals, nice game. I wish they had shown all of them.
 

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That was more of a Stockton steal than a Malone steal. If Stockton hadn't deflected it, Malone wouldn't have tracked it down.

It was also partially a bad pass, as opposed to a "lost ball" turnover steal.

Maybe it was a team steal.

The play by play even blames Fisher:

++++++++++++++++++++++

Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz Play-By-Play, March 6, 2002 | Basketball-Reference.com

9:23.0 64-75 Turnover by K. Malone (post up)

9:05.0 Turnover by D. Fisher (bad pass; steal by K. Malone) 64-75

9:01.0 64-77 +2 K. Malone makes 2-pt dunk at rim

+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Also, Malone committed a turnover right before this play! This clip is so tarnished now. I'll think about the Malone turnover, and the bad pass, and the Stockton deflection, more than I will the Malone air quotes steal.

Can you find another clip?
 
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That was more of a Stockton steal than a Malone steal. If Stockton hadn't deflected it, Malone wouldn't have tracked it down.

It was also partially a bad pass, as opposed to a "lost ball" turnover steal.

Maybe it was a team steal.

The play by play even blames Fisher:

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Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz Play-By-Play, March 6, 2002 | Basketball-Reference.com

9:23.0 64-75 Turnover by K. Malone (post up)

9:05.0 Turnover by D. Fisher (bad pass; steal by K. Malone) 64-75

9:01.0 64-77 +2 K. Malone makes 2-pt dunk at rim

+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Also, Malone committed a turnover right before this play! This clip is so tarnished now. I'll think about the Malone turnover, and the bad pass, and the Stockton deflection, more than I will the Malone air quotes steal.

Can you find another clip?

Nope. I only have YouTube and I already did that. I don’t really want to search for something I know has happened many times but is not necessarily archived. I will say the most famous Malone steal was Jordan’s.
 

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Oladipo is usually not healthy, so that mars things.

Thinking about it more after he had a 5 steal game, I think he is the best there is today and someone worthy of following.

I just wish he could stay healthy.
 

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That was more of a Stockton steal than a Malone steal. If Stockton hadn't deflected it, Malone wouldn't have tracked it down.

@MHSL82, do you agree that the clip you showed me was more of a Stockton steal than a Malone steal?

And that we should petition the league to add one more steal to Stockton's total?
 

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Jimmy Butler was STEALING and assisting again!
 
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