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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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The Celtics swiped home-court advantage from the Magic in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, in part because Vince Carter was the only person in a Magic uniform who could hit a shot. Carter finished with 23 points, one more than fellow 1998 draft alum Paul Pierce, to continue his strong postseason run.

When the Magic traded Courtney Lee and spare parts to the Nets for Vince Carter after last season, essentially replacing Hedo Turkolgu with the fifth pick from the 1998 NBA draft, fans of the Magic weren't exactly unanimous in their support. Here's a sampling of what SportsNation commenters had to say at the time.

Yet Carter was the one guy that even Bill Simmons credited with a consistent effort against the Celtics in Game 1, even if it came in a tweet harkening back to Carter's reputation for past no-show performances. That has us wondering, as the Eastern Conference finals roll along, which 1998 draft alum has enjoyed a better career to date?

pd_gator

The funniest thing about the Carter deal... is STILL having to listen about how Hedo is "better" than he is..... I still LMMFAO every single damn time I hear that GARBAGE!!! Vince seems to be on a mission since his 1st round disaster against the Bobcats, and I honestly believe he WILL lead Orlando to their 1st NBA Championship!!!

-- pd_gator

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We'll get back to the actual draft selections in a bit, but frankly, aside from new Timberwolves general manager David Kahn putting Matt Millen and Jon Gruden to shame by stockpiling people who play the same position in a matter of mere minutes, the week's real drama involved players who long since had their moment on the podium with David Stern.

We're talking trades -- and not just mentally talking, as Shaq seems to prefer.

Vince Carter is in Orlando, Richard Jefferson is in San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal is in Cleveland and Thabo Sefolosha is in Oklahoma City. And if you don't think that last one matters, you've obviously never listened to anyone with an Oklahoma accent.

nspe33

I have a feeling [the Magic] aint bringing back turkoglu now.with the money that howard,carter,and lewis are making,I cant imagine them giving him the kind of money he thought he was going to get last week.

-- nspe33
THEBOOTGUY

Get ready, Cleveland. [Shaq] willl be fat and out of shape when camp starts, he'll have to play himself into shape, and he'll be injured the first 1 - 1 1/2 months of the season. Just like every other team he has ever played for! Bank it!

-- THEBOOTGUY

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