NBA / Sep 14, 2009 / 12:45 pm

5 New Players That Will Average 2+ Steals This Season

Mario Chalmers

In case you didn’t know, last season there were only two players in the NBA that averaged over 2.0 steals per game – whereas every season since 2004-05 there have been at least five. And now that the offseason landscape has finally settled down, with the majority of the big trades and free agents signings out of the way, here are five guys that will average 2+steals this coming season that didn’t last year.

1. Mario Chalmers – As a rookie last year, Chalmers averaged 1.95 steals per game in 32 minutes a night. So with an increased role this season and a year under his belt, I have no doubt that he’ll be getting at least two swipes a night. The fact that Dwyane Wade averaged 2.19 spg last year makes them the most dangerous backcourt in the League.

2. Rajon Rondo – In his three years in the NBA, Rondo has never averaged 2+ steals per game. That is, in the regular season. In the playoffs last year Rondo was good for 2.5 swipes per game and should be a monster this season as he terrorizes opposing guards.

3. Ronnie Brewer – After averaging 1.7 steals per game last season, I expect Brewer to become a master thief. While the Jazz have tons of weapons offensively, the only way they go far this year is if they buckle down on D. And if Brewer wants to maintain a constant in the rotation, he’s going to have to be that lockdown guy for Utah.

4. Gerald Wallace – Before last season, Wallace had spent three years above the 2+ steals per game mark with the Bobcats. Whether it was new blood in the lineup or just a lapse in defense, if the Bobcats want to make the playoffs this year they’re going to need Wallace to get steal the ball at least two times a night.

5. Trevor Ariza – While Ariza averaged a career high 1.67 steals per game last year with the Lakers, you have to understand that he did that in less than 25 minutes a night. If you looked at steals per 48 minutes, he’d be second in the League behind Chris Paul. So now that Ariza is in Houston and will have all the opportunity and minutes to shine, he should easily average more than two steals per game.

From the guys that didn’t last year, who do you think will average 2+ steals this coming season?

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  • Ross

    2 steals per game isn’t easy. I’m not sure if any of them will.

  • Rafa23

    if the bobcats want to make the playoffs, wallace needs to average 2 spg? doesn’t make much sense and really exaggerates the importance of this statistic.

  • jzsmoove

    Steals is a statistic that you dont have much control over. It all depends on the situation, and the other team you are playing. Maybe the team is at the end of a long road trip, or a dismal non playoff team that just doesnt care. This list is almost immeasurable to complete. In any case, I would give Iverson a nod due to his possible extra motivation to prove himself.

  • IG

    Put Deron Williams on the list.

  • http://dimemag.com Dime Magazine

    @Ross

    It’s definitely doable. Normally 5-6 guys do it every season.

    @jzsmoove

    I disagree. Just like grabbing boards or scoring, averages are averages. Sure any night someone could go off or a team could suck, but there’s a reason that guys average 20 and 10 just like they average 2 steals per game. If Iverson gets the PT, I could see him on this list too.

    -AP.

  • http://www.basketsim.com BNZA

    not that bold of a prediction

  • Kobeef

    Russel Westbrook?
    With his lenght and speed he causes a lot of trouble for opposing PGs. I could see him grabbing 2+ steals/

  • sh!tfaced

    Maybe LeBron? With Shaq back there manning the post, LeBron might gamble more and go for more steals. He did avg 1.7 a game last season, just like Ariza, Wallace and Brewer.

  • K Dizzle

    AI should be close

  • SayItAintSo

    Nicholas Batum if he gets the PT

  • Ross

    Doable, just highly unlikely that those 5 will be able to pull it off.

  • Ashlov

    Chalmers once had 9 steals in a game. I wouldn’t be remotely surprised if he averaged over 2.

  • chris

    cj watson, if stephen curry gets hurt or benched,
    barbosa, unless he gets hurt.
    stephen curry, if he plays 30+ minutes a game.
    brandon jennings, ditto.