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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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2. Do you need to be closer to .500 to celebrate like this?

The Kings win the pennant! Do you believe in miracles?! I don't believe what I just saw! Sorry, it's easy to get carried away. But it's not every night you see a game-winning 3-pointer from the wrong side of half court. But as good as Tyreke Evans' heave was, does it merit a scorer's table celebration when it only makes the Kings 6-23?

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It appears Tyreke Evans will be the NBA's Rookie of the Year. After Brandon Jennings scored 25 points to lead the Bucks to a 3-2 series lead against the Hawks, it also appears he might be the most significant rookie playing in May. Possibly deep into May.

Which is to say, the debate about this year's rookie class isn't nearly over. Well, other than Hasheem Thabeet. We can all agree that isn't working out so well.

Evans isn't a controversial pick as rookie of the year. ESPN's TrueHoop Network went that way in overwhelming fashion when it handed out awards. After siding with Jennings early and Stephen Curry in March, SportsNation concurred at the close of the regular season. But when it comes to looking beyond rookie season? That is another story ...

Ben (NYC)

Who makes their teammates better the best? Jennings, Evans, Curry, Rose, Rondo, Westbrook??? I say Curry.

David Thorpe
David Thorpe

Today Rondo, tomorrow probably Curry or Jennings. Full transcript

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Between the Blazers learning Brandon Roy has some serious injury issues to deal with, the Raptors keeping their playoff hopes alive, the final game for the Nets at the Meadowlands (all right, scratch that one) and the rest of a full night of NBA action, you might not have paid much attention to the Rockets beating the Kings. But perhaps surprisingly, more than 14,000 fans in Sacramento did pay attention, in that they shelled out money for tickets and showed up to see the Kings suffer loss No. 56. Which brings us to Tyreke Evans, who put up 26 points, six rebounds and four assists against the Rockets.

Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Those are the only players in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists as rookies. But once Evans finishes up his final game this week, it's a list that will expand to four. Despite that kind of success, is it even clear Evans would be the No. 1 pick if there were a draft do-over? Vote.

SportsNation blogger ricodade admires Evans but not his situation in Sacramento.

Lee (Fargo)

Is Rubio worth waiting 3 years? How good could the a Rubio/Turner backcourt be?

Chad Ford
Chad Ford

It should be 2 years. One more year in Europe and he has an out from his contract. The way he's been playing lately? I'd say yeah, he's going to be worth the wait. He's getting big time game experience in Europe, getting stronger. When he comes to the NBA, he has a chance to be a star. Full transcript

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