With the NBA season about a month away from beginning, it’s the time of the year when analysts make bold predictions. On Thursday, ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins may have ended the competition with arguably the boldest take of the offseason thus far.

On ESPN, Perkins said that Suns forward Bol Bol, who signed with Phoenix in the offseason, may compete for a major award at the end of the season.

“I think he’s the sleeper,” Perkins said of the 23-year-old son of Manute Bol. “He's gonna show up and show out this season for Phoenix Suns, and I feel like he’s gonna be one of those guys…a candidate off the bench for Defensive Player of the Year.” 

Perkins actually doubled down on this take on social media, believing that new Suns head coach Frank Vogel will have Bol “on a mission.”

Bol hasn’t done much in his career to warrant this much praise outright, which makes the take from Perkins so bold. The forward has spent four years in the NBA, averaging 14.9 minutes a game for the Nuggets and Magic.

Therefore, fans on social media roasted Perkins for believing so highly in Bol without proving much.

Bol did have a career year last season for the Magic, playing in 70 games and averaging 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. However, it’s unlikely that he will play to a level where he will be named the best defensive player in the league.