The Philadelphia 76ers knew exactly what they wanted when they selected Matisse Thybulle out of Washington during the 2019 NBA Draft. While his offense is still a work in progress, Thybulle looks even better than ever on defense, which is significant considering how good he was last season. Thybulle would have to log more minutes if he wants to earn the right to be called the best defender in the NBA, but Embiid’s bold claim isn’t off-base. Thybulle is the real deal on defense, and the Sixers are thrilled to have him as a part of their squad.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated.