Title-winning Boston Celtics big man sends strong defense of Purdue's Zach Edey

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - First Round - Indianapolis
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Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins sent an impassioned defense of Purdue's Zach Edey -- who had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists during the first half of the Boilmakers' Round of 32 matchup against Utah State at the time Perkins spoke of him -- and claimed that GMs would overlook him using the "eye test" as an excuse despite Edey's dominance on the floor.

"Zach Edey out here dominating with 21-11 at half… but majority of NBA GMs are going to say he don’t past 'Eye Test' we are living in crazy in times! God Bless America," Perkins tweeted.

Edey, though a few inches shorter, has a similar game to NBA legend Yao Ming; being able to distribute the ball well from the high post, rebound with ease due to his seven-foot-four stature, and knock down hook shots in the paint in his sleep. Saying he doesn't pass the eye test is, on its surface, an absurd statement.

Boston Celtics should consider Zach Edey if he slips in 2024 NBA draft

I mean, if GMs are going to get cute and not draft Edey in the middle to backend of the first round, the Celtics could do well to scoop up the Purdue pivot with their own draft pick; likely to be No. 30 if their current league-best pace holds by the regular season's end.

Even if Xavier Tillman looks like a perfect bridge big to eventually keep Al Horford fresher as he continues to age into his twilight years, Edey is undoubtedly a perfect fit as a low-maintenance center who can clean up the misses off the glass and finish opportunities created by the C's offensively-gifted starters and second unit.

Jack Gohlke would be a feel-good Summer League signing from this season's NCAA Tournament, but Edey would be a win-now type of addition who can have a long career in the league in the right situation.

Boston definitely qualifies as such.