On December 15, 1995, Toronto Raptors guard Alvin Robertson became the third player in the history of the National Basketball League to get his 2,000th steal.
Despite the landmark steal, the game resulted in a 122-103 loss to the Boston Celtics at the Fleet Center in Boston.
By the end of his career, Robertson had 2,112 steals. Currently he has the ninth most steals in NBA history. He averaged 2.7 steals per game, the most of any player. John Stockton, who played for the Utah Jazz from 1984 to 2003, has the most with 3,265. He averaged almost 2.2 steals per game, seventh most in the league.
Robertson made four appearances in the All-Star game. He was named Defensive player of the year and Most Improved Player at the conclusion of the 1985-86 season. Four different teams claimed him over a span of 10 seasons. They were the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and the Raptors. He made four playoff appearances, two with the Bucks and two with the Spurs.
Robertson played for three years as an Arkansas Razorback before he was picked up by the Spurs in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft. He went on to play for team USA in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles where they finished with each player receiving a gold medal.
As of now, Robertson has not been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.