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Dissecting Matisse Thybulle’s Defensive Player of the Year candidacy

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Matisse Thybulle is not going to win Defensive Player of the Year. The Defensive Player of the Year award has been around since the 1982-83 season, and only seven perimeter players have been honored, most recently Kawhi Leonard in the 2015-16 season.

So what is Thybulle’s path forward in search of Defensive Player of the Year accolades? Ironically, improvement on the offensive end would most help his cause. Thybulle doesn’t fit the structural narrative of what a Defensive Player of the Year is, and for him to excel so much in other areas as to overcome those inherent disadvantages in the system seems unlikely.

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