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Homecomings for former players can be bittersweet, and for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, their return to Boston was no exception. Pierce and Garnett brought a championship to a franchise that seemed to have lost its way, and the Celtics showed their appreciation for the two stars with separate tribute videos on Sunday night. For his part, Paul Pierce seemed touched:

"This was the toughest game I've ever had to play," Pierce said after the game. "Tougher than any championship, tougher than any Game 7." Normally we'd doubt a statement like that regarding a game against a 15-31 team, but in this case, we get it.

Celtics' tribute to Pierce and Garnett

Who will be remembered as the better player?

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Rajon Rondo's return

The Celtics are experiencing your typical rebuilding season, but the weakness of the Eastern Conference means they also aren't particularly far out of playoff contention. They could get a boost very soon, as Rajon Rondo will return on Friday night against the Lakers. Rondo tore his ACL about a year ago and is expected to play for about 20 minutes in his debut. And if you believe GM Danny Ainge's assessment, he's looked like his old self in practice. Rondo's name has come up in trade talks from time to time, but Celtics fans will no doubt be happy to see their best player healthy and active again.

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  • Will the Celtics ever win another championship with Rajon Rondo?

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AP Photo/Charles Krupa

NBA 5-on-5: Boston Celtics

The Big Three era is officially over, with the departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason. With Rajon Rondo out to start the season, the Celtics need to decide the direction of the future of the team. Are the building blocks currently on the team, or is a major rebuild in order? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Celtics' offseason?

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  • Which of these is the biggest question facing the Celtics this season?

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  • How will the Celtics fare this season? (41-40 last year)

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A year ago, the Montreal Canadiens reigned over all in the Uni Watch Power Rankings. This time around? The St. Louis Cardinals are on top. Do you agree? Click on the logos below to set your top 25!

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Cardinals

Cardinals

No. 1 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Bears

Bears

No. 2 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Canadiens

Canadiens

No. 3 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Packers

Packers

No. 4 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Cubs

Cubs

No. 5 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Raiders

Raiders

No. 6 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Celtics

Celtics

No. 7 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Bruins

Bruins

No. 8 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Athletics

Athletics

No. 9 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Red Wings

Red Wings

No. 10 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Phillies

Phillies

No. 11 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Steelers

Steelers

No. 12 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Lakers

Lakers

No. 13 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Dodgers

Dodgers

No. 14 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Spurs

Spurs

No. 15 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Bills

Bills

No. 16 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Tigers

Tigers

No. 17 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Yankees

Yankees

No. 18 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

49ers

49ers

No. 19 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Rangers

Rangers

No. 20 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Jazz

Jazz

No. 21 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Flyers

Flyers

No. 22 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Warriors

Warriors

No. 23 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Cowboys

Cowboys

No. 24 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs

No. 25 in Uni Watch Power Rankings

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There's no question that the NBA has become a young man's game. Basketball fans see it night-in and night-out when the Thunder's high-scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or the Rockets' James Harden and Jeremy Lin take the court. It's also noticeable in the high-flying dunks and sweet passing that members of the Cavaliers and Pelicans are capable of. Which team has the best young talent? NBA Insider Amin Elhassan had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Mouse over the team logos to view each team's under-25 players, then click to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Power forwards | Centers

NBA teams under-25 talent

76ers

76ers

Lavoy Allen (24)
James Anderson (24)
Michael Carter-Williams (21)
Justin Holiday (24)
Arsalan Kazemi (23)
Arnett Moultrie (22)
Nerlens Noel (19)
Tim Ohlbrecht (24)
Evan Turner (24)
Royce White (22

Bobcats

Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo (20)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19)
Jeff Taylor (24)
Kemba Walker (23)
Cody Zeller (20)

Bucks

Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (18)
John Henson (22)
Brandon Knight (21)
Khris Middleton (21)
Larry Sanders (24)
Nate Wolters (22)

Bulls

Bulls

Jimmy Butler (23)
Erik Murphy (22)
Derrick Rose (24)
Tony Snell (21)
Marquis Teague (20)

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett (20)
Carrick Felix (22)
Kyrie Irving (21)
Sergey Karasev (19)
Tristan Thompson (22)
Dion Waiters (21)
Tyler Zeller (23)

Celtics

Celtics


Avery Bradley (22)
MarShon Brooks (24)
Jordan Crawford (24)
Colton Iverson (24)
Fab Melo (23)
Kelly Olynyk (22)
Phil Pressey (22)
Jared Sullinger (21)

Clippers

Clippers

Reggie Bullock (22)
Blake Griffin (24)
Byron Mullens (24)
Maalik Wayns (22)

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Jerryd Bayless (24)
Ed Davis (24)
Jamaal Franklin (22)
Kosta Koufos (24)
Jon Leuer (24)
Willie Reed (23)
Tony Wroten (20)

Hawks

Hawks

Jared Cunningham (22)
John Jenkins (22)
Shelvin Mack (23)
Mike Muscala (22)
Lucas Nogueira (21)
Dennis Schroeder (19)

Heat

Heat

Norris Cole (24)
James Ennis (23)

Jazz

Jazz

Trey Burke (20)
Alec Burks (22)
Derrick Favors (22)
Rudy Gobert (21)
Gordon Hayward (23)
Enes Kanter (21)

Kings

Kings

DeMarcus Cousins (22)
Jimmer Fredette (24)
Ray McCallum (22)
Ben McLemore (20)
Patrick Patterson (24)
Isaiah Thomas (24)

Knicks

Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr (21)
C.J. Leslie (22)
Iman Shumpert (23)
Jeremy Tyler (22)

Lakers

Lakers

Ryan Kelly (22)
Robert Sacre (24)

Magic

Magic

Maurice Harkless (20)
Tobias Harris (21)
Doron Lamb (21)
E'Twaun Moore (24)
Andrew Nicholson (23)
Kyle O'Quinn (23)
Victor Oladipo (21)
Romero Osby (23)
Nikola Vucevic (22)

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jae Crowder (23)
Shane Larkin (20)
Ricky Ledo (20)

Nets

Nets

Mason Plumlee (23)
Toko Shengelia (21)
Tyshawn Taylor (23)

Nuggets

Nuggets

Kenneth Faried (23)
Evan Fournier (20)
Danilo Gallinari (24)
Jordan Hamilton (22)
J.J. Hickson (24)
Quincy Miller (20)
Anthony Randolph (24)

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George (23)
Solomon Hill (22)
Orlando Johnson (24)
Lance Stephenson (22)

Pelicans

Pelicans

Al-Farouq Aminu (22)
Anthony Davis (20)
Tyreke Evans (23)
Eric Gordon (24)
Jrue Holiday (23)
Pierre Jackson (21)
Darius Miller (23)
Austin Rivers (21)
Jeff Withey (23)

Pistons

Pistons

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20)
Andre Drummond (19)
Brandon Jennings (23)
Tony Mitchell (21)
Greg Monroe (23)
Peyton Siva (22)

Raptors

Raptors

Quincy Acy (22)
Dwight Buycks (24)
DeMar DeRozan (24)
Terrence Ross (22)
Jonas Valanciunas (21)

Rockets

Rockets

Isaiah Canaan (22)
Robert Covington (22)
James Harden (23)
Terrence Jones (21)
Jeremy Lin (24)
Donatas Motiejunas (22)
Chandler Parsons (24)
Greg Smith (22)
BJ Young (20)

Spurs

Spurs

Cory Joseph (21)
Kawhi Leonard (22)
Patty Mills (24)
Deshaun Thomas (21)

Suns

Suns

Michael Beasley (24)
Eric Bledsoe (23)
Archie Goodwin (18)
Malcolm Lee (23)
Alex Len (20)
Kendall Marshall (21)
Markieff Morris (23)
Marcus Morris (23)
Miles Plumlee (24)

Thunder

Thunder

Steven Adams (20)
Kevin Durant (24)
Serge Ibaka (23)
Reggie Jackson (23)
Grant Jerrett (20)
Perry Jones III (21)
Jeremy Lamb (21)
Daniel Orton (23)
Andre Roberson (21)
Russell Westbrook (24)

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Lorenzo Brown (22)
Gorgui Dieng (23)
Kevin Love (24)
Shabazz Muhammad (20)
Ricky Rubio (22)
Alexey Shved (24)
Derrick Williams (22)

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Will Barton (22)
Nicolas Batum (24)
Victor Claver (24)
Allen Crabbe (21)
Meyers Leonard (21)
Damian Lillard (23)
C.J. McCollum (21)
Thomas Robinson (22)

Warriors

Warriors

Harrison Barnes (21)
Kent Bazemore (24)
Festus Ezeli (23)
Draymond Green (23)
Nemanja Nedovic (22)
Klay Thompson (23)

Wizards

Wizards

Bradley Beal (20)
Otto Porter Jr. (20)
Glen Rice Jr. (22)
Kevin Seraphin (23)
Chris Singleton (23)
Jan Vesely (23)
John Wall (22)

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