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A shooting guard's primary role is to score points -- a skill Kobe Bryant and James Harden have mastered as two of the NBA's top five scorers last season. They are also proficient from behind the arc, as Danny Green and Kevin Martin have proven to be. Who is the league's best two guard? NBA insider Bradford Doolittle had his say and so did the NBA 5-on-5 crew, but now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in. Set your rankings below!

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NBA Shooting Guards

Tony Allen

Tony Allen

Grizzlies
2012-13: 8.9 PPG, 1.2 APG, 4.6 RPG

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Lakers
2012-13: 27.3 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.6 RPG

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Vince Carter

Vince Carter

Mavericks
2012-13: 13.4 PPG, 2.4 APG, 4.1 RPG

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

Raptors
2012-13: 18.1 PPG, 2.5 APG, 3.9 RPG

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis

Mavericks
2012-13: 19.2 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.9 RPG

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans

Pelicans
2012-13: 15.2 PPG, 3.5 APG, 4.4 RPG

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili

Spurs
2012-13: 11.8 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.4 RPG

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Pelicans
2012-13: 17.0 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 RPG

Danny Green

Danny Green

Spurs
2012-13: 10.5 PPG, 1.8 APG, 3.1 RPG

James Harden

James Harden

Rockets
2012-13: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.9 RPG

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

Nets
2012-13: 16.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 3.0 RPG

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Timberwolves
2012-13: 14.0 PPG, 1.4 APG, 2.3 RPG

Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews

Trail Blazers
2012-13: 14.8 PPG, 2.5 APG, 2.8 RPG

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo

Bucks
2012-13: 15.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 3.5 RPG

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith

Knicks
2012-13: 18.1 PPG, 2.7 APG, 5.3 RPG

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

Warriors
2012-13: 16.6 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.7 RPG

Marcus Thornton

Marcus Thornton

Kings
2012-13: 12.7 PPG, 1.3 APG, 2.5 RPG

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Heat
2012-13: 21.5 PPG, 5.1 APG, 5.0 RPG

Louis Williams

Louis Williams

Hawks
2012-13: 14.1 PPG, 3.6 APG, 2.1 RPG

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Mavericks free agency

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says his team is better off not having signed free-agent center Dwight Howard. It's the second year in a row that Cuban has fallen short in recruiting the best available player to Dallas, as he failed to land Deron Williams in 2011.

This year, Cuban says missing out on Howard means he will be able to add players. So far he's signed Jose Calderon, agreed with Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington and Samuel Dalembert and reportedly is close to deals with Devin Harris and Brandan Wright. Are the Mavericks really better off? Vote below!

  • Mark Cuban said the Mavericks are in a better spot for not acquiring Dwight Howard. Do you agree?

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  • How will the Mavericks fare in the 2013-14 season?

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  • How do you rate the Mavericks' performance in free agency so far this summer?

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  • Would you want Mark Cuban as the owner of your favorite team?

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The big news for Golden State last night came when Monta Ellis left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Don Nelson Classic, otherwise known as the Mavericks and Warriors. Early reports had the injury as a sprained knee with an MRI pending. But while we wish Ellis the best, we'd be lying if we said that's why we're interested in the leading scorer on a 13-37 team.

We're all about the trick shots.

Cameras captured Ellis draining an over-the-shoulder shot from the opposite free-throw line before Monday's game (it's about 30 seconds in on the video below).

That's a heck of a shot, but was it even the best H-O-R-S-E shot in his repertoire? If you remember, or if you need to refresh your memory, Ellis also drained an over-the-shoulder shot from the tunnel on the side of the court, about seven or eight rows deep in the stands. So which gem do you fear Ellis breaking out if you find yourself trading shots?

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With a half a dozen major sports going on at once between pro and college, not to mention holiday plans, it's not easy to stay on top of everything. Heck, barely half of SportsNation has watched a bowl game yet, and who would want to miss Marshall and Ohio? All right, bad example. But it's a tough juggling act, which is where the Daily Dime comes in each morning. Like the Spurs, it means we don't have to show up until the NBA playoffs start.

Anyway, shameless plug complete, yesterday's Dime had a particularly compelling trio of statistical feats that, let's face it, most of us probably would have missed.

Actually, we were a little surprised Zach Randolph is still in the league, let alone the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 to total as many as 141 points and 91 rebounds in a five-game span. But is that more impressive than Rajon Rondo doing something only Larry Bird and Bob Cousy had done before for the Celtics, or Monta Ellis suffering through more minutes in a Warriors uniform than should be allowed? Vote at the end of the post.

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