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Philadelphia 76ers: How Matisse Thybulle has made himself untouchable

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Through his first 34 games of the 2020-21 NBA season, Thybulle has scored zero points in nine different games and put up four or fewer points in 11 more.

But since returning to the team/rotation after a three-game absence due to a spot on the COVID-19 list, Thybulle’s overall game has been night and day versus his initial offerings, much to the chagrin of fans in the 215.

Over the last 25 games, Thybulle has averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, a block, and a rebound a game. The Sixers are a 1 when Thybulle is on the court, and his defensive abilities have earned the young guard a.08 defensive win shares, which is the 16th highest mark of a player averaging 19 or fewer minutes per game. Has Thybulle missed his calling?

How often do ball handlers bailout of a shot when Thybulle is their on-ball defender? Where does that show up on a stat sheet? How about Thybulle’s abilities allowing Rivers to utilize Simmons as a matchup piece instead of a one-size-fits-all number one defender? Or that Thybulle can take on most of Simmons’ assignments when he exits the game and allows Rivers a variety of alternative lineups that remain defensively functional.

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