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A look into Washington’s Matisse Thybulle

Senior Forward Matisse Thybulle solidified his career at Washington State by providing the team with four quality years of elite defense. Thybulle will eventually take the next step in his basketball career and declare for the NBA Draft. 

Thybulle has a chance to be a major game-changer on any NBA team. He was the ultimate role player for the Huskies throughout his four-year tenure. 

His college career has come to an end, and it’s a given that he will end up declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Let’s take an in-depth look into Matisse Thybulle, who has a chance to be the next elite defender in the modern NBA.

Where can we expect Matisse Thybulle to go in the draft?

The 2019 NBA Draft class is currently shaping up to be another deep draft. The top of the draft is filled with the common known elite prospects, so you can probably rule out that Thybulle be will drafted in the first half of the first round (picks 1-15). 

Matisse Thybulle Strengths 

When you bring up Matisse Thybulle, you have to rave about his defensive capabilities. He has become one of the best defenders in the NCAA, and his career awards show winning PAC-12 Defensive Player of the year two times. 

Thybulle has a lengthy 7-foot wingspan to go along with his 6-foot-5 frame. He is a lockdown defender while defending on the ball, and can play in the passing lanes while off the ball. His senior year was the best in this category, as he led the NCAA in steals (3.5 per game). 

Thybulle has proven to be a quality team defender for the Huskies. He switched onto other positions well and helped make a mediocre Washington team (for most his tenure) fun to watch. 

Matisse Thybulle’s Weaknesses

Now that we’ve raved about Thybulle’s amazing defense, we can talk about the other side of his game, offense. 

This is an area in which Thybulle has proven to be extremely limited. The majority of his offense has come off of catch-and-shoot situations, and he isn’t a player that can consistently create his own shot. Most teams won’t ask Thybulle to create his own shot, so this may not be a factor at all. However, his shooting most definitely will be.

The modern NBA is built on three-point shooting, and this is an area that Thybulle has struggled with in terms of consistency. 

Thybulle managed to shoot 36%+ during his first three years at Washington. He even managed an impressive 40% on 4+ attempts per game during his sophomore campaign. 

His senior year showed a decline in his three point shooting, however. This resulted in him shooting a lackluster 30% from three. 

The biggest question mark with Thybulle will relate to how effective he’ll be on the offensive end. If he can be at least an average catch-and-shoot type player, he can instantly be a coveted “3 and D” player. 

In Conclusion

Thybulle could very well end up being the steal of the 2019 NBA Draft. Washington isn’t the most high-profile program, and he could be under the radar for most NBA fans and even scouts at some level. 

Matisse Thybulle has a very high floor but low ceiling, similar to Mikal Bridges of last year. Thybulle will almost certainly become a quality defensive player in the NBA, allowing him to carve out a role early. 

Thybulle has played a role player type role his entire career (which isn’t a bad thing), so to expect him to become a star isn’t exactly fair. My ultimate prediction is he will end up being a really good role player in today’s NBA. 

The Sixers will have a late first round pick (anywhere from 25-30), and two early second round picks (30-35). Thybulle will definitely be in their range, and GM Elton Brand would be wise to take a swing at him. 

Thybulle would fit the team well, as it isn’t locking for shot makers anymore. The team will be looking for perimeter defense and for people to shoot out of passes. Thybulle’s strengths and weaknesses fit exactly what the Sixers are asking for.

Study up on your Matisse Thybulle film, Sixers fans. He may be the newest member of your team in just a few months. 

Harrison Grimm

Harrison Grimm joined PFO Philly in November 2018, doing work for the Philadelphia 76ers and Delaware Blue Coats. Also doing work on The Sixer Sense, he provides in-depth analysis on everything Sixers. He recently entered the podcasting world, and runs the The Sixers Scoop podcast. Harrison attends Millersville University, and is majoring in Communications. His goal is to pursue a front office role in the NBA world.

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