Bayless and SAS: Ben Simmons 'definitely overrated'
Obviously both of these guys are routinely criticised for their chatter, but worth a read anyway:
Skip Bayless: "If we're talking about the next LeBron James, the next 'it’ player in the NBA? Yeah, he’s definitely overrated. Because I keep watching and waiting and watching and waiting, and this young man — who seems like a fine young man — just befuddles me more and more. I don’t see the motor, I don’t see the intensity, I don’t see the passion, I don’t see the killer will, I don’t see the takeover intangibles. I keep waiting for Ben Simmons to be Ben Simmons — and he just isn’t it.Full quotes at AdelaideNow
“Here I am and I’m criticising this poor (19-year-old) freshman. He’s a freshman in college. But I hear so much. He is the consensus number one pick in the draft. He is the next ‘guy’ in the NBA. And I say ‘well wait a second!’. I read John Gasaway’s report yesterday on ESPN.com in which he ranked 50 college players’ impact in March. He ranked 50 of them. Now this is the consensus number one pick. And Ben Simmons on his list was 33rd in his projected impact in March. 33rd! And this is the next LeBron James? And his capsule said ‘He is the consensus number one NBA pick and it would be tremendous theatre to see him on this stage in March’. As if there’s doubt about it. Well ... there is doubt.
Bayless questions his ability to dominate and while "definitely overrated" is a harsh quote to pull, the rest of his comments seem like a fair question when teams are looking to lock in an $xm choice.
SAS reserves from criticism for the coach not pushing Simmons or giving him more opportunities to show his stuff.