The all important two spot, the scorers, and some may call them the team's anchors. I have compiled a list of the top five shooting guards in the NBA.
Shooting guards are playmakers; they are the scoring force. A good shooting guard must be able to score, defend, spread the floor, set up his teammates, and to ultimately be a go-to guy for securing a win.
There are now other players who play other spots and are able to play with the versatility of a No. 2 guard with bigger size, but this spot is all important to a successful franchise and it is essential to have players like these...
Kobe came into the league as the 13th overall pick in the '96 Draft and was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. He was then traded by the Hornets to Los Angeles. Coupled with Shaquille O'Neal in L.A., the Lakers won championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
O'Neal left the Lakers in 2004 and left Bryant as the anchor of the Lakers franchise. In 2006 Kobe dropped 81 points on the Toroto Raptors and became only the second player to score that many points behind Wilt's 100.
After winning the MVP vote in 2008, Kobe led his Lakers to the finals without Shaq, only to lose in six games. In 2009 Kobe finally won ring No. 4 and got rid of the ghost of Shaq that has been haunting him ever since they parted ways in '04.
Kobe has become a vicious, cold, fourth quarter killer, and earned his Black Mamba moniker.
He has become a force in and out of the paint and he has the true heart of a champion. He will continue to be the best at his position until the No. 2 SG shows him up...
D-wade came into the NBA as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 Draft. He quickly solidified himself as an All-Star and made the All-Rookie team. Since his entry into the league, D-Wade has made five straight All-Star teams.
In 2006 D-Wade led the Miami Heat to its first ever NBA championship while he was paired up with Shaquille O'Neal. Wade became the '06 Finals MVP after mounting an 0-2 comeback to win the series 4-2 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Dwyane Wade was part of the new Dream Team labeled the "Redeem Team" and led the team in scoring. Wade then came into the 2008-2009 NBA season and became the league's leading scorer en-route to winning the scoring title.
D-wade practically single-handedly made Miami legitimate playoff contenders last season on a team that otherwise would not have made the playoffs without him. It is clear that Wade is the cornerstone of the Miami franchise, and with continued roster support Wade is bound to lead Miami to another championship.
Ray Allen is known as one of the deadliest perimeter shooters in the game today. He is also a nine-time All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist. Having entered the league in 1996 as the sixth overall pick, he became a great offensive weapon and was voted to the second All-Rookie team in '96.
Allen has played with three NBA teams and has made himself an important part of history for each of those clubs. Allen also scored a career-high 54 points against the Jazz and made himself only the second player to score that many points in Sonics franchise history.
After being traded to the Boston Celtics, Allen was honored with being the third greatest player in Celtics franchise history. In Game 6 of the 2008 finals, Ray dropped a record seven three-pointers in the 131-92 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers en-route to his first championship.
Allen has also made a name for himself on the Silver-Screen, having acted in Harvard Man, and co-starring in Spike Lee's He Got Game.
The sixth selection in the NBA Draft, Brandon Roy was picked up by the Portland Trailblazers and made an immediate impact on the team while winning the Rookie of the Year award.
In January of '07, Roy led all rookies in points and became only the fourth Trailblazer to ever be selected to the All-Star rookie squad. In 2008, Roy averaged 5.8 apg, 4.6 rpg, and 19.1 ppg.
Roy has had a short NBA career thus far, but with the right talent by his side, he is destined to be an NBA champion and has already proven himself as one of the best in the game. As his career progresses, Roy has the talent and the ability to become the next Kobe Bryant.
Vince Carter used to be known as the next Micheal Jordan before injuries and bad tensions with the Toronto Raptors sidelined his career for quite a while. The 2000 slam dunk champion has shocked and awed many spectators with his insane abilities. He is also only the third player to lead the All-Star voting three times after Dr. J and MJ.
Coupled with his cousin Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter led the Raptors to their first ever playoff berth in 2000. Carter quickly became the Raptors franchise player after McGrady left for Orlando the following season.
In Carter's third season with the Raptors he led them to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they took the 76ers to game seven and Carter missed the game-winning shot with 2.2 seconds left on the clock.
From 2001 to 2004 Carter was plagued by knee injuries. In 2004 he also joined the New Jersey Nets. A year later, Carter led the Nets to the playoffs as the eighth-seeded team. In the '05-'06 season, Carter led the Nets to 49 wins and the Atlantic Division title, averaging 24.2 ppg, 4.3 apg, and 5.8 rpg. Solid numbers if you ask me.
In June 2009, Carter was traded to the Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic. He now has the most talent around him that he has ever had, and is playing in his home state. Teamed with D. Howard, J. Nelson, and R. Lewis, Carter is bound to have a breakthrough year and will quiet many critics about his NBA abilities. He now has his first legitimate shot at a championship, and he will not squander this chance.