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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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Smith out 3-4 months after surgery

One step forward, one step back. Knicks sharpshooter J.R. Smith will be out until the start of the NBA season as he recovers from left knee surgery to repair a tear in his lateral meniscus, team officials announced Tuesday. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year averaged a team second-best and career-high 18.1 points per game in the regular season. Will his health hinder him from doing more of the same this season?

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  • Behind Carmelo Anthony, who will be the Knicks' next best scorer this season?

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  • J.R. Smith averaged 32.7 minutes per game last season. Does he deserve more playing time?

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Let's see, how can we best sum up the way the Knicks have been playing in these past few games against the Pacers? Should we just link up the recap of their 93-82 loss on Tuesday night? What about an article where J.R. Smith takes responsibility for his dreadful shooting performance? Should we ask you to imagine the noise a sad trombone makes? Wait, we think we know: Just look at Carmelo Anthony's expression in the video above, and you'll get a sense of how bad the Knicks have been shooting.


Carmelo's time to shine

Carmelo Anthony has been shooting about 40 percent from the field in this series -- not terrible, for sure, but a little more than 4 percent worse than his season average.

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What are you expecting out of Carmelo Anthony in Game 5 of the Knicks-Pacers series?

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Smith's struggles

The Sixth Man of the Year has been so ice cold in the playoffs that some wag created @DidJRSmithMiss on Twitter. Sample tweet: "I mean, what do you think?"

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What do you expect out of J.R. Smith (shooting 28 percent from the field against the Pacers) in Game 5?

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Kidd scoreless

Jason Kidd's not a huge part of the Knicks' plans, but he's played 177 minutes in the past eight games and has scored zero points.

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Will Jason Kidd (zero points in the past eight games) score in the Knicks-Pacers series?

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A Sixth Man of the Year award just isn't worth as much as it used to be. J.R. Smith is finding that out in these playoffs -- the reigning ''best guy off the bench'' winner has been ice cold as of late, shooting a mere 26.3 percent from the field over the past four games. It's gotten so bad that the Knicks are reportedly considering reducing Smith's minutes until he gets back on track. Smith may be laying brick after brick, but a public show of confidence in him might be just what he needs -- if the team can survive his incredibly cold streak, that is.

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