Originally Posted by SixerFan03
No. Steals help the offense more than they help the defense.
Even though Stockton wasn't known as a gambler, he would still miss at times and get burned. A steal is a defensive stop, but it's also an offensive fast break.
Good defenders disrupt passing lanes and are great at ball denial (see Gary Payton). But steals don't make good defense.
But Payton was pretty good at getting steals too...