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In the absence of Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle’s development carries even greater weight for the Sixers

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If Thybulle is truly prepared to build upon his summer of opportunities and mature offensively, his path to starting minutes takes on a much rosier disposition, as does the Sixers’ ability to continue pairing Joel Embiid with an elite perimeter defender.

“It’s definitely an area of growth for me, like a focal point in my game that I’m looking to improve,” Thybulle said. “The Olympics were a good opportunity for me to get out in a different setting and grow my confidence, I guess, because that’s such a big part of shooting is believing in yourself to take the shot and make the shot. All players have ups and downs with it. But for me, it’s just trying to have more ups than downs and then, using that belief and turning it into confidence and then, turning it into results.”

Rivers knows the importance of Thybulle’s jumper, but is quick and adamant to acknowledge the varying scoring avenues for the 24-year-old.

“The FIBA game is very different compared to the NBA game, so I was able to find my spots in that,” Thybulle said.

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