The Sixers made a trade with the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, moving up to the 20th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft to select Matisse Thybulle, a small forward from Washington.
Thybulle, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, is considered one of the best defenders in the draft, and averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds. 2.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game last season. The senior shot 55% from the field, 30% from three and 85% from the free throw line.
To land the 20th pick the Sixers traded the Celtics the No. 24 and No. 33 picks.
The fit on the Sixers for Thybulle is an obvious one. The team was very thin last season along the perimeter, and was especially in need of quality wing defenders. Thybulle should be able to step in right away and be a quality defender for the Sixers, and has the potential to one day be an elite defender. Thybulle averaging 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks as a perimeter player is a sign of just how disruptive he can be.
The shooting, however, is a bit of an issue and concern he shot only 30% from three last season on 4.2 attempts. The fact he shot 85% from the line, however, is promising
Thybulle is 22-years old, and with 134 games of experience in college over four seasons, is one of the most pro-ready players in the draft. For a Sixers team that is expected to be a contender next season, getting a player that could contribute right away was clearly a goal, and they might have gotten just that in Thybulle.
Here is a scouting report on Thybulle, from NBADraft.net:
Strengths: A lock down defender who has potential to be utilized in the same role at the next level ... Has good size for an NBA wing (6'5" and 195 pounds, and a 7 foot wingspan) ... Very alert and active on defense ... Does a great job disrupting passing lanes ... Uses his length and wingspan to his advantage recording both steals and blocks (3.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game) ... Great reflexes and timing on his reactions, helping with both blocks and steals ... Really good feel for the game on defense. Seems to be wired to put as much attention on that end as on offense ... He has excellent physical tools ... He really anchored Washington's 2-3 zone ... Can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. Can throw it down with ease ... Really dangerous in the open floor ... Capable of making open threes, just needs to get more consistent ... Plays with a lot of energy. Has a good motor ... Solid overall free throw shooting and three point numbers in junior year lead to optimism about his offensive potential ... Considered one of the draft's top individuals off the court ...
Weaknesses: Needs to get more comfortable on offense ... Sometimes forces things a bit ... Shooting needs to improve. Lacks consistency ... Has the ability to make threes, but not yet at a consistent rate ... Great defender, but his offense needs to catch up ... Ball handling needs to improve; handle is a bit loose ... While his defensive numbers improved over his career, his shooting from the field actually regressed from his junior year to his senior year ... As a junior, he averaged 11.2 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from 3-point range ... As a senior he averaged 9.1 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field and 30.5% shooting from 3-point range. Foul shooting has been an overall strength of his (78.2%) for his career, but it has been very up and down at the same time. 71.4% as a freshman and as a junior. 84.1% as a sophomore and 85.1% as a senior.
Thybulle will be joined by Maryland center Bruno Fernando, who was selected with the 34th pick late Thursday.