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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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O.J. Mayo has found a new home with the Dallas Mavericks. Should the Mavs rely on him to handle the starting shooting guard position?

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SportsCenter anchor Robert Flores is among those blogging in SportsNation, and he's turned his attention to the penalties handed down to the University of Alabama football program (he's also talking about Rex Grossman joining the Texans, which to our way of thinking could be considered a self-imposed penalty on the part of the NFL franchise). The NCAA ruled the Crimson Tide will have to vacate 21 wins in which players who improperly obtained free textbooks participated, but the program won't lose any scholarships.

A plurality of SportsNation feels vacating the wins is "very significant" punishment (of note, Alabama and Nebraska were the only states where it was deemed "not significant at all").

At the same time, Florida football coach Urban Meyer is defending his program against a total of 24 arrests since 2005, and USC is finally commenting on investigations of wrongdoing affecting both its football and basketball programs.

Summer can't come soon enough for the NCAA.

mstatedog08

This is a complete slap on the wrist considering Alabama was ON PROBATION when this happened. Guess the NCAA doesnt want to taint the image of a previous national contender. In other words, if your team is good enough, it's okay to do crap like this, but if you're not - here comes loss of scholarships and post-season bans. What a joke

-- mstatedog08
FINALBBQ

Every school does this. Its sad that people actually think Alabama deserves worse but they wouldnt say that if it were there school.Its almost an entire coaching staff and im sure the players that participated are either getting ready to graduate or already have.Why punish current students athletes for something they had no part in.

-- FINALBBQ

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