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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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NBA Free Agency

The NBA's free-agency period is underway, and although deals cannot be made official until July 10 there's already been plenty of wheeling and dealing. Which teams have helped themselves and which have flopped this offseason? Tell us what you think. Vote now!

  • What do you think of the Warriors signing Andre Iguodala (a reported 4 years, $48 million)?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 55,408)

  • Which team will benefit more from players acquired in the three-team Eric Bledsoe deal?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 91,717)

  • Who would get the best of the three-team Tyreke Evans deal?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 5,886)

  • Have the Clippers done enough this offseason to make a serious push for an NBA championship next season? (Added: Rivers, Redick, Dudley // Lost: Bledsoe, Butler)

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    Discuss (Total votes: 17,738)

  • How worried should the Thunder be after losing Kevin Martin in free agency?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 17,190)

  • What do you think of the Pacers re-signing David West to a three-year, $36 million deal?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 16,903)

  • Which New York team is better set up to win the Atlantic Division next season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 16,798)

  • Danny Ainge said the Celtics are not trying to trade Rajon Rondo. What should the Celtics do with Rondo?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 49,330)

  • Which center would you rather take a risk on?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 28,951)

  • Which offer was better for Kyle Korver?

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry lit up Madison Square Garden, dropping 54 points on the Knicks in a 109-105 loss. Curry did most of his damage from the outside, making 11 of 13 3-point attempts. For the season he's shooting 46 percent from distance and 90 percent from the free throw line. But is Curry the best pure shooter in the NBA? Mouse over the images to see each player's shooting stats from this season, and click on the images to rank them. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Feb. 27, 2013. Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

Best pure shooters in NBA

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Miami Heat

40.1% jump shot FG pct
42.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.8% FT pct

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

New Orleans Hornets

40.1% jump shot FG pct
37.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.3% FT pct

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

30.5% jump shot FG pct
32.9% 3-pt FG pct
84.8% FT pct

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Detroit Pistons

40.7% jump shot FG pct
44.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.9% FT pct

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

35.1% jump shot FG pct
46.0% 3-pt FG pct
90.6% FT pct

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

38.0% jump shot FG pct
42.6% 3-pt FG pct
91.0% FT pct

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

36.9% jump shot FG pct
42.0% 3-pt FG pct
85.8% FT pct

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver

Atlanta Hawks

44.9% jump shot FG pct
46.4% 3-pt FG pct
85.7% FT pct

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Oklahoma City Thunder

40.1% jump shot FG pct
43.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.4% FT pct

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

41.0% jump shot FG pct
43.2% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

Steve Novak

Steve Novak

New York Knicks

41.7% jump shot FG pct
44.3% 3-pt FG pct
95.7% FT pct

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

41.9% jump shot FG pct
41.3% 3-pt FG pct
82.2% FT pct

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

37.2% jump shot FG pct
34.6% 3-pt FG pct
88.4% FT pct

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick

Milwaukee Bucks

37.2% jump shot FG pct
39.1% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

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The third time was the charm for the Houston Rockets. Unable to swing trades with the Lakers for Pau Gasol or the Magic for Dwight Howard, they landed a blockbuster on Saturday, obtaining James Harden from the Rockets in a six-player deal in which they sent Kevin Martin to Oklahoma City. Reaction poured in from NBA players on Twitter.


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