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NBA scout: Knicks ‘idiotic’ to believe Kristaps Porzingis is a ‘franchise player’

Two European-based NBA scouts have railed against the notion that the New York Knicks have a true franchise player on their hands in Kristaps Porzingis.

The New York Knicks have chartered a course with a goal for success down the road after years of dysfunction. The team has decided to make Porzingis the centerpiece of that movement. However, some have cast doubt on whether that is the correct move by the Knicks.

One unnamed NBA scout believes Porizingis is not a franchise player, especially given the current makeup of the Knicks roster. In fact, the scout argues it’s “idiotic” to place such tremendous pressure on Porzingis.

“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, via the New York Post. “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.”

Another scout, Tim Shea, suggests Porzingis’ European background will hamper his development into a franchise cornerstone, likening him to Pau Gasol. Not a bad comparison, but not franchise player territory.

It warrants mentioning for the two scouts who question Porzingis’ ability to become a franchise player, there are presumably several other scouts who think otherwise. That said, given how this season has gone for Porzingis, it’s reasonable to assume the Knicks may be feeling some trepidation about their young star.

Porzingis is averaging 23.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season. However, Porzingis admitted earlier this week to feeling “so tired” after back-to-back games. Given the Knicks (18-20) have 44 games remaining in the regular season, those are not words an organization wants to hear out of its franchise player.