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Kendrick Perkins claims Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards should have been a lottery pick

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Former Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins gives a rave review of Carsen Edwards, noting that the Boston rookie looks more like a lottery pick rather than a second-round selection.

Edwards was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 33rd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, but he was subsequently traded to the Celtics in a draft night trade. However, the 21-year-old newcomer exceeded his draft position expectations — at least in the Summer League — and produced quality numbers night in and night out.

Perkins took notice of the 6-foot-0 scorer and expressed his disbelief that Edwards was a second-round pick. He also took a shot at the other GMs who let the former Purdue standout to fall in the draft.

Edwards averaged 19.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal in five Summer League games for Boston. He shot 47.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from the 3-point line — making roughly four out of nine attempts from deep.

In the Celtics’ final game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Las Vegas, Edwards erupted for 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, his efforts went in vain as they fall to the Grizz, 94-88.

Luckily for Boston fans, they’ll see a lot of what Edwards has to offer in the 2019-20 season. He recently signed a guaranteed four-year rookie deal with the Celtics, keeping him in Beantown until 2024 at the least.

While he’s a second-round pick, what Edwards has shown so far certainly makes Celtics fans feel like they won the lottery.