Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
This is the right move. Simmons – an elite passer for a power forward, tremendously bouncy and athletic – is clearly the top prospect in this draft.
Could he fall short of stardom? Yes.
Is Simmons’ jumper shaky? Yes.
Does his attitude raise questions? Yes.
But Simmons’ tools demand he go first in this draft. Attempt to smooth the problems and hope for the best. The upside is enormous.