- Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers- Despite getting injured late in the season, Bryant was still performing at a high enough level to be considered the best two guard in the game. He says that his rehab is ahead of schedule and that he should be ready for the beginning of next season. Who knows how his game will evolve in the upcoming seasons, but we will have fun watching.
- James Harden Houston Rockets- Harden got to H-town and put the team on his back. He averaged 25.9 points and 5.8 assists per game. With Dwight Howard coming on board his point production should stay the same but expect his assists to go up.
- Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs- Ginobili has received a lot of criticism and doubt from his performance in the NBA Finals. This should only fuel him as he gets ready for the next season as he takes on the haters and Father Time.
- Dwyane Wade Miami Heat- Wade is not the man he used to be but even a fraction of "Flash" equals more than you can get out of most other players in the NBA. His role in the "Big 3" will likely change next (regular) season so that when the playoffs come he will be ready to go for the Three Peat.
- J.R. Smith New York Knicks- Smith, while inconsistent, was the only offensive help that Carmelo Anthony got from his teammates. Smith's production decreased late in the season and rumors began swirling about his off the court activities. This next season should show his pride and determination.
- Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors- Thompson stepped it up a level during the playoffs and with Andre Iguodala coming into the mix, he should get even more open looks.
- Monta Ellis Dallas Mavericks- Monta had one of his worst seasons in the NBA last season with the Milwaukee Bucks but he is on to Dallas where he should get good looks playing along side Dirk Nowitzki. Now, whether or not he can help the Mavs to make a deep playoff run may be a different story.
- DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors- DeRozan is one of the most under rated guards in the NBA. He can score by getting to the basket and he can shoot the mid range jumper. He and Rudy Gay could make the Raptors a tough game to play.
- Tyreke Evans New Orleans Pelicans- Evans is getting ranked due to his potential and the fresh start that he should get in New Orleans. The combo guard will have to step up to split time with Eric Gordon.
- Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets- Joe's role will continue to decrease as KG and Paul Pierce enter the locker room, but his open looks should increase. Joe will need to be efficient to stay in the rotation as the Nets push the Miami Heat for the top spot in the East.
Other guards to look for:
Kevin Martin (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Eric Gordon (New Orleans Pelicans)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs)
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