There are only 2 reporters that I think pay more attention to games than Simmons - Russillo (the dude will watch EVERY game on a WED night, including things like Nets vs Pacers) and Hollinger.
Everyone things Hollinger is just stats, but he watches tons of ball because he's trying to find stats that match what he sees. He constantly tries to modify his methods when things don't line up.
In contrast, Stein and Ford (among others) come across as guys that casually catch the game of the night and go weeks between viewings of any teams not featuring Lebron, Kobe, Howard or KG. Often their stuff sounds like stuff you heard from another reporter 2 days prior, like they are compiling the opinions of other people rather than creating their own (cough, Kravitz via Wells anyone cough)
Back to JO though, as much as TJ Ford has been a dud, the Pacers still have to look at that deal as a home run. It got you Hibbert and cut that JO salary in half. It's sad to see JO fall apart so hard so quickly, but it's one of the few breaks the Pacers have caught in recent years.
B-Easy - might not live up to his draft spot, but the ONLY thing holding him back is motivation. Two years ago he was clearly better than Griffin. Griffin kept working while Beasley got soft on his NBA paycheck, and he blew past him. But the point is that he WAS ahead at one point, he's got that kind of talent.