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Training Camp: Pacers' Rookies Won't Be Coddled

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The Pacers intend to utilize their hyped draft picks sooner rather than later.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

So far, Pacers' Media Day has centered mostly on Paul George: the aspiring MVP and position transitioner. And rightfully so, a healthy George is far and away the best player on the team. As he goes, the team goes as last season's injury-riddled descent demonstrated.

But along the way, a few media members peppered in some questions about rookies Joeseph Young and Myles Turner. Frank Vogel and Co. reiterated what they've been stating for months now: the rooks will play:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vogel on rookies Myles Turner, Joe Young: "I intend to use them right away.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottAgness/status/648509617060737024">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Playing Turner and Young early as rotational guys will lead to tough nights early but Vogel thinks will help down the line.</p>&mdash; Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) <a href="https://twitter.com/CandaceDBuckner/status/648509979943571457">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

And if you're wondering whether or not Turner's and Young's teammates share a similar confidence in their abilities, wonder no more:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jordan Hill on rookie Joe Young: &quot;Oh, he can definitely score that ball.&quot;</p>&mdash; Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) <a href="https://twitter.com/ByNateTaylor/status/648539441686974465">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paul George said Myles Turner&#39;s game is similar to LaMarcus Aldridge (at some point in the future).</p>&mdash; Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) <a href="https://twitter.com/ByNateTaylor/status/648516191305252864">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>