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Encyclopedia > Steal (basketball)

In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. The defender must not touch the offensive player's hands or otherwise a foul is called. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls attempts to score. ...

Like blocks, steals aren't always a perfect gauge of a player's defensive abilities. Some of the game's best players such as Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson are well known for making high-profile, dramatic steals and darting downcourt on a fastbreak to generate turnover offense. In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a shot from an offensive player. ... Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American former basketball player, who became a marketing phenomenon and is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American professional basketball player. ... Fastbreak is an offensive strategy in which a team attempts to move the ball up court and into scoring position as quickly as possible so that the defense is outnumbered and does not have time to set up. ...

There is no necessarily prototypical position from which a player may get many steals from. It has been a recent trend for the smaller, quicker guards to accumulate the most steals, but for many years center Hakeem Olajuwon lead his team in the category, consistently ranking among the league's leaders. Steve Nash is one of todays best point guards. ... The center is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former college and professional basketball player whose glory days were with the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...



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