Maybe. I'm not so sure, though. I think I've told this story before, but here goes. After one veterans' committee ruling went against Simmons, I tracked down some voters. Several told me they supported him. One who told me that did not vote for him, I later learned. That's a whole other thing, but whatever. Here's the best part of the story.
A member of the committee told me that they took into account the fact that Simmons did not last on the writers' ballot. He was one and done.
I'm paraphrasing from here.
"That was hard for his candidacy to get over," I was told.
"You mean the writers' vote?"
"Yes. Why did he not get that support even for another year? It's part of the conversation."
"You love to tell writers how little they know and how much they get wrong and here's your chance and you instead go -- hey, well, let's stick with the writers?"
I'm glad the committee took a chance to prove the writers wrong. We deserve it. More important, Simmons deserves it. He's been a Hall of Famer from the moment he hung up his gear. It just took decades for the rest of us to realize that.