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Warriors guard Stephen Curry lit up Madison Square Garden, dropping 54 points on the Knicks in a 109-105 loss. Curry did most of his damage from the outside, making 11 of 13 3-point attempts. For the season he's shooting 46 percent from distance and 90 percent from the free throw line. But is Curry the best pure shooter in the NBA? Mouse over the images to see each player's shooting stats from this season, and click on the images to rank them. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Feb. 27, 2013. Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

Best pure shooters in NBA

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Miami Heat

40.1% jump shot FG pct
42.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.8% FT pct

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

New Orleans Hornets

40.1% jump shot FG pct
37.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.3% FT pct

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

30.5% jump shot FG pct
32.9% 3-pt FG pct
84.8% FT pct

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Detroit Pistons

40.7% jump shot FG pct
44.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.9% FT pct

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

35.1% jump shot FG pct
46.0% 3-pt FG pct
90.6% FT pct

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

38.0% jump shot FG pct
42.6% 3-pt FG pct
91.0% FT pct

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

36.9% jump shot FG pct
42.0% 3-pt FG pct
85.8% FT pct

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver

Atlanta Hawks

44.9% jump shot FG pct
46.4% 3-pt FG pct
85.7% FT pct

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Oklahoma City Thunder

40.1% jump shot FG pct
43.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.4% FT pct

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

41.0% jump shot FG pct
43.2% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

Steve Novak

Steve Novak

New York Knicks

41.7% jump shot FG pct
44.3% 3-pt FG pct
95.7% FT pct

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

41.9% jump shot FG pct
41.3% 3-pt FG pct
82.2% FT pct

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

37.2% jump shot FG pct
34.6% 3-pt FG pct
88.4% FT pct

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick

Milwaukee Bucks

37.2% jump shot FG pct
39.1% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

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When ESPN.com's panel of experts ranked the top players in the NBA over the summer, the Heat and Lakers combined for seven of the top 19 spots. The two teams meet tonight for the first time this season, putting a combined 70 All-Star appearances and six MVP awards on the court. But how do the teams' star players stack up? Click on the images to submit your rankings. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.

All stats through Jan. 16, 2013

Best players among Heat, Lakers

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

10-time All-Star
2012-13: 11.3 PPG, 43.4% 3-pt FG

Shane Battier

Shane Battier

2012-13: 8.4 PPG, 38.3% 3-pt FG

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

7-time All-Star
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

14-time All-Star
2012-13: 29.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.8 APG

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers

2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 40.8% 3-pt FG

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

4-time All-Star
2012-13: 12.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

6-time All-Star
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.6 BPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

8-time All-Star
2012-13: 26.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 6.9 APG

Antawn Jamison

Antawn Jamison

2-time All-Star
2012-13: 7.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

8-time All-Star
2012-13: 10.5 PPG, 8.9 APG

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

8-time All-Star
2012-13: 19.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.4 APG

Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace

1-time All-Star
2012-13: 13.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.8 SPG

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On Wednesday, "First Take" debated Kobe Bryant's comments about not being a selfish player. Bryant responded to questions about whether he and new teammate Steve Nash can co-exist. Skip Bayless sees problems in the future, Nash's offenses have always run through Nash, and Bryant may not like being a cog in Nash's machine. Stephen A. Smith thinks the whole debate is insulting to a player of Bryant's caliber. What's your take?

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On Wednesday, "First Take" discussed Mark Cuban's comments about the Lakers' chemistry. Cuban said that all the new stars in Los Angeles might not want to be there, and that Los Angeles has tried a star-laden strategy before. Skip Bayless thinks Cuban might be on to something, but Stephen A. Smith thinks talent will eventually win out, although it might not be this season. What's your take?

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Steve Nash has achieved a lot in his career, but he's never won an NBA championship. That all could change now that he's been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead of being the team's focal point, he'll be dishing it out to Kobe Bryant and possibly even Dwight Howard. Will this trade result in Nash finally hoisting a trophy over his head?


A future title?

Not since his days with the Dallas Mavericks has Steve Nash played alongside such an elite scorer...

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Will Steve Nash ever win a championship?

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A short adjustment?

... but it remains to be seen exactly how well he'll adjust to playing with Kobe Bryant.

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How long will it take for Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to click on the court?

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A change at center?

Dwight Howard's name has been linked with the Lakers, and the Nash trade almost might require that the Lakers sign him.

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Do the Lakers need Dwight Howard?

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Enough compensation?

The Suns undoubtedly will miss Nash, but did they get enough to soften the blow of his departure?

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Did the Suns get enough in return ('13/'15 first rd, '13/'14 second rd) to justify trading Steve Nash to a division rival?

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