Will Kristaps Porzingis ever be a franchise player for the New York Knicks?
Tim Shea, who’s a former European scout for the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets says that players from overseas don’t grasp the idea of being a franchise player, given the fact that they’re taught to play unselfishly and as a team.
Of course that’s not really the way NBA teams operate with star players. This of course is a problem for the Knicks when it comes to Kristaps Porzingis.
“It’s because Europeans have learned the game as a ‘team game’ above all,’’ Shea told the NY Post. “[Porzingis] is at the very best an All-Star like Pau Gasol that can assist and become a great complementary player to some NBA big gun. He can only be cast as a piece of a rebuild that is a long way from anywhere.”
Shea said that Porzingis is talented, but not a franchise player.
“A Unicorn is only the hero in fairy tales,” Shea said. “Is he a talented, long and very profitable piece? Yes, but not a franchise [player].”
Another scout says that Porzingis won’t be able to lead the Knicks by himself.
“If the Garden continues to think and sell that Porzingis is a franchise player, they might as well let Willy Hernangomez play the point,’’ one NBA scout with European connections said. “It is not going to happen. KP has only played on a losing team as a pro in Spain and a losing team in New York. They have a lot of good, young Europeans — KP, Frank (Ntilikina), (Enes) Kanter, Willy. We can now start to care about the team, but please don’t believe KP will lead you to the end of the yellow brick road by himself. It’s idiotic to put him in that position.’’
What these scouts told the Post makes sense and it’s OK. Porzingis is still a young player that’s growing and he needs help. He’ll hit some big shots at times for them, but won’t be a constant clutch player for them.
The Knicks and their fans need to continue to be patient and wait for KP to get more help either via free agency or the draft.
Comment below and tell us whether you think Porzingis can be a franchise player.