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Ranking NBA's top shooting guards

Kobe and D-Wade top the list, but some up-and-comers also make the cut

Updated: July 26, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine
Dwyane Wade and Kobe BryantNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesDwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant rank as the top two shooting guards in the NBA.

We're officially in the dog days of the lockout. Negotiations between the players and owners have stalled and seemingly every day there's talk of another star jumping overseas. But not even the lockout is cause to stop evaluating the best players in the game and seeing how they stack up against their peers based on talent, skill and productivity. This week, I'll be ranking the top five players at each position and breaking down what makes them so special. Each day, I'll look at a different position, starting with point guards and finishing with centers. Today, we'll look at shooting guards. Toss out postseason awards and career accomplishments and find out who's the best of the best.

SHOOTING GUARDS | POINT GUARDS


1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

[+] EnlargeKobe's fadeaway jumper is as good as it gets.
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Thanks to an absolutely tireless work ethic, Bryant is the most skilled player in the league with virtually every weapon at his disposal. His turnaround jump shot is the best since Michael Jordan's, and his footwork is unmatched by any active player. His will to win and focus are unparalleled, making him the single most intense competitor in the game.


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Chris Palmer

ESPN the Magazine