For several reasons, Simmons’ candidacy as the No. 1 overall prospect is in peril.
1. Simmons’ lack of competitiveness in some crucial games has raised questions about his character as a basketball player. While many top picks succumb to the NBA star lifestyle and emerge as average competitors, it’s rare to see that at the collegiate level. From Blake Griffin to Michael Beasley to Carmelo Anthony, those elite college players were rarely questioned about their drive during their collegiate careers. Simmons has displayed an apathy for defense, contact and delivering winning plays in crucial moments. Those troubling revelations in Simmons’ game are cause for concern among decision-makers on lottery teams with whom we’ve had contact.
Is there any previous highly sought-after prospect that had his value dropped so much because people questioned his competitiveness? Did those guys that were perceived to have low competitiveness level indeed failed in the NBA? It's hard to believe how far Simmons' reputation has fallen. Haven't heard about the LeBron comparison lately. He was a surefire #1 pick.