It's clearly a two-man race to determine the top two-guard in the NBA.
D-Wade or Kobe?
Kobe or D-Wade?
The winner? You might be in for a surprise as our rankings of the NBA's top 10 players at each position over five weeks continues. Last week we rated the point guards.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
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This week: Shooting guards.
Shooting guard ranking: 10th
Current team: Milwaukee Bucks
Height/Weight: 6-8, 215
Age on April 5, 2011: 33
Seasons with Bucks/in NBA: 0/11
2010-11 regular-season stats: 67 G, 35.53 mpg, .41.1 fg%, .332 3p%, .816 ft%, 18.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg
2010-11 advanced regular season stats:*:520 ts%, .468 efg%, 7.7 trb%, 98 ortg, 109 drtg, 14.6 PER
Contract status: He has two years left on his contract at $9.2 million and $10 million. He can become a free agent in July, 2013.
Strengths: Captain Jack has been one of the more dependable scorers and tougher two-guards around. He's also been one of the most expendable, playing for seven teams now in his 13-year career. He was dealt from Charlotte to Milwaukee on draft day last month. Jackson is passionate, can still score and isn't afraid of the big moment.
Weaknesses: Jackson shot the ball poorly last season (41.1), but then again his career percentage is 41.8. His shot selection sometimes is suspect. He also is susceptible to some high turnover games.
The future: Jackson has a few good seasons left, but his dream of winning a title wasn't helped much by being traded to the Bucks.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.
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