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2015 NBA Draft Grades: Pacers both winners and losers in draft

The Pacers will look to move forward with rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young, receiving generally positive responses from around the league on their two picks.

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Ten days before the NBA Summer League tips off and four months before the 2015-16 regular season, that leaves plenty of time to speculate on the winners and losers of the 2015 NBA Draft, less than 24 hours after the fact.

While there are consensus "winners" such as the Miami Heat with Justice Winslow and the Denver Nuggets with Emmanuel Mudiay, for many teams, that consensus is a little murkier, but with the Indiana Pacers, they receive mostly positive grades,

On SB Nation's NBA Draft Grades, Kevin O'Connor gave Indiana a glowing review for their pick of Myles Turner, giving them an "A" grade for fit and opportunity. O'Connor likes the chances Turner will get to play minutes immediately in an environment that will give him a great chance to succeed.

The Pacers received a B- on USA TODAY Sports, with Scott Gleeson ranking Indiana 22rd on draft night. Despite the low ranking, Gleeson liked the Turner pick, also noting that Joseph Young could provide the Pacers a real chip-on-the-shoulder type effort.

Kelly Dwyer on Yahoo! Sports gives Indiana a B+, with Turner being a raw prospect and Young featuring first round talent. Dwyer doesn't feel this was a draft for the Pacers where short term was necessarily the plan for a team that probably needs to be better sooner rather than later.

With Sports Illustrated, Chris Mannix also gave the Pacers a B+, sharing general feeling that Turner is more a project than immediate impact type player. Mannix expounds further on Turner with the concerns of him showing up in games against weaker teams as opposed to more elite teams Texas faced last season.

Sam Vecenie of likes what Indiana added in Turner, with he and Young giving the Pacers a good look in their up-tempo goals. Vecenie gave Indiana a B grade, especially liking what Young could bring Indiana if he shores up his defense.

Meanwhile, Andrew Sharp on Grantland had less than positive things to say about Indiana's night, singling out the Pacers as losers, showing confusion on how an "up-tempo" Pacers team is expected to reach that status by passing on a point guard like Cameron Payne.