The Philadelphia 76ers swapped picks no. 24 and 33 in the 2019 NBA draft with the Boston Celtics for pick no. 20, which turned into Matisse Thybulle becoming a Sixer. How does Thybulle fit with his new squad? What kind of contribution can we expect from the rookie? Let’s take a look.
Before we dive into the skillsets that Thybulle brings to this team, I want to talk about quite possibly his best trait: his personality. When Matisse Thybulle crossed the draft stage, in a moment he will never forget, you couldn’t help but notice the raw emotion he showed. Tears running down his face as he paid tribute to his mother who passed away from Leukemia back in 2015. Matisse mentioned how his mother fought for everything, even until the end. Matisse wishes she were here for this moment, and he is going to try his best to be a fighter just like her.
“It was a trend throughout her whole life, so i just try to be like that as much as i can.”
Matisse plans on giving back to his community as much as he can. He believes the NBA will give him the opportunity to do so. “I try to give back as much as I can, and i feel like basketball has given me an amazing stage to be able to do that, and being in the NBA, I think I’ll have even more of a stage to do that now.”
When you think of Philadelphia basketball, you think of tough, gritty basketball. Matisse fits this mold perfectly. From day one, Matisse will bring 100% effort and hustle. Ask Philly fans about the beloved T.J. McConnell; his tenacious effort every single night was endlessly praised by the fans of Philadelphia.
Defense is something Philadelphia sports fans and teams typically pride themselves in. Philly fans love seeing tough, hard nose defense out of their sports teams. “Defense Wins Championships” is a term that is thrown around a lot in sports. Now, that can be argued whether that applies for the NBA anymore. If you look at the last couple of NBA Finals Champions, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, they have had some of the best defenses in the league. So adding an elite defensive prospect puts the 76ers one step closer toward reaching their goals.
But We Needed A Shooter!!!
Everyone relax. Even if the 76ers took one of the high usage perimeter shooters in this NBA draft, there wouldn’t be many shots for the rookie to take anyways. The team, who will hopefully re-sign its free agents this summer, will have Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Tobias Harris. Yeah, that’s a lot of shots and usage right there. I don’t see how adding another shooter complements that. If anything, it takes away from everyone’s piece of the pie.
Sure, floor spacing is at an all-time high right now in the NBA. But let’s not act like Matisse can’t shoot at all. He did have a down year this last year, only shooting around 30% from three. But his average over his first three years in college, is just under 38%. He is more than capable of hitting catch-and-shoot threes, which is really all the 76ers will be asking from him on the offensive end. That and running in transition, which is another strength of his.
What To Expect From Matisse Thybulle
Matisse will be able to come in from day one and make a large impact without even touching the basketball. He will guard the other teams’ better perimeter players and disrupt passing lanes like a free safety. You can’t get any more value than that. For a team with 4-5 players who need the ball in their hands, Matisse is the perfect compliment. He will be whatever this team needs him to be. If that means guarding an all-star point guard one-on-one, denying a sharp-shooting wing, or running relentlessly in transition, Thybulle will do whatever it takes.