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Ranking the top 13 point guards

Updated: June 3, 2009, 10:08 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com
Stephen CurryRex Brown/Getty ImagesAfter an impressive showing at the NBA draft combine, Stephen Curry is rising up draft boards.

CHICAGO -- The first-ever NBA draft combine is a wrap, and the outcome wasn't as bad as many had predicted.

No, there weren't any 5-on-5 games. And yes, several of the top players refused to participate in light drills. But the combine did provide some clarity in several key areas.

The first -- and, arguably, the most important -- was a better understanding of the top point guard prospects. While the draft is weak overall, the point guard class is strong, and seeing all the top prospects on the floor (with the exception of Ricky Rubio and Tyreke Evans) was the most interesting part of the combine.

Before the combine, a number of NBA executives I spoke with said they were struggling to get any real separation in the group after months of scouting. But after watching the players on the court together, getting real measurements and spending 30 minutes interviewing the players one-on-one, a number of NBA GMs said they felt more confident in ranking the top point guard prospects.

I spoke with 15 different GMs and executives and gave them the task of ranking the top 13 point guards in the draft, including a couple of players -- like Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and Toney Douglas -- that some GMs see as 2-guards. I then took those 15 responses and averaged them to get a more comprehensive ranking of where each prospect fell.

Here's a look at where they stand after the combine:

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider