NBA History: 5 Best single-season steals totals for players since 2000
- Chris Paul makes the list, but who else joins him?
In today's era of high-powered offenses and free-flowing basketball, defense can be an oft-overlooked aspect of the game.
However, the popular notion that defense wins championships is just as applicable today as it ever was, and forcing turnovers and gaining extra possessions can play a major role in determining the outcome of a game.
Steals are an important aspect of the game as they can help trigger fastbreaks and result in relatively easy transition buckets.
Steals require great anticipation, speed and reflexes and players like John Stockton, Gary Payton, and Jason Kidd mastered this particular art.
More recently, the likes of Chris Paul, Ricky Rubio, and many others have gained a reputation for being among the top stealers in the league.
On that note, here are the 5 best single-season steals totals for players since 2000.
#5 Ricky Rubio (191 steals - 2013/14)
One of just two active players on this list, Ricky Rubio has not quite developed into the elite point guard many had predicted he would become when he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2009.
Rubio has struggled to develop a consistent jumper, but he remains a top defender.
In the 2012/13 season, Rubio averaged 2.4 steals per game, trailing only Chris Paul in that category.
He went one better the following season, amassing a total of 191 steals in 82 games and topping the steals charts. He also set a record for the most steals in a season by a Timberwolves player, surpassing Tyrone Corbin's 175.
#4 Baron Davis (191 steals - 2007/08)
Baron Davis was drafted third overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1999 amid much hype. Despite showing initial promise, Davis failed to live up to expectations over the course of his career.
Davis' performances ranged from amazing to appalling and he was often criticized for a lack of effort on the court.
However, when locked in, he was one of the best defensive guards of his time. A 2-time All-Star, Davis led the league in steals during his final season with the Golden State Warriors (2007/08), finishing with 191 steals to his name.
Davis guided the Warriors to a 48–34 record that season, but it wasn't enough to secure a playoff berth.