Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Tops NBA Season with High Steals Margin

Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the NBA in steals in the 2023-24 season with 58 steals in 21 appearances.
‣ Gilgeous-Alexander also leads the league in steals per game (2.8) and steal percentage (3.8%).
‣ NBA sportsbooks show Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the fourth-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year this season.

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Well, well, well, look who’s leading the NBA in steals this 2023-24 season. It’s none other than Oklahoma City Thunder’s shining star, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. And he’s not just leading; he’s way ahead of the pack. The 2023 All-Star guard has already racked up 58 steals in just 21 games. Impressive, huh?

Now, let’s talk about who’s trailing behind him. Toronto Raptors‘ Scottie Barnes and Los Angeles Clippers‘ Paul George are tied for second place. They’ve both managed to snatch 40 steals each. Not too shabby, but still, 18 behind our leader. Then we have Dyson Daniels, Herb Jones, and Jalen Suggs, all tied for third with 38 steals each.

Gilgeous-Alexander, who’s only 25, also tops the charts in steals per game (2.8) and steal percentage (3.8%). Last season, he wasn’t too far behind either, finishing sixth in steals (112), fourth in steals per game (1.6), and 17th in steal percentage (2.2%).

Let’s take a moment to highlight one of his standout performances. Remember the Thunder’s 123-87 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 14? Gilgeous-Alexander was on fire that day, recording 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, and a career-high seven steals in just 29 minutes.

And that’s not all. The Thunder guard had a streak of games where he logged five or more steals. It happened against the Dallas Mavericks (Dec. 2), Houston Rockets (Dec. 6), and Golden State Warriors (Dec. 8). In the Rockets game, he ended with six thefts.

Now, let’s talk about the recent 134-120 victory over the Utah Jazz. Our man from Kentucky posted 30 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in just 28 minutes. “I feel like every great scorer has to deal with finding the balance,” he said after the win. “And it’s something that I always try to critique myself on and something that I always try to get better at. And I can always get better at it. It’s something that I focus on for sure.”

Now, here’s something interesting. NBA sportsbooks have Gilgeous-Alexander at fourth-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year this season. He’s got some stiff competition, though. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to Damian Lillard, Tyrese Haliburton, and LeBron James.

And the MVP race? NBA betting sites have the Thunder guard with the fifth-shortest odds. He’s trailing behind Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. But hey, who knows? With the way he’s been playing, he might just surprise us all.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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