Thursday night ushered in a new generation of talent to the NBA. Number one overall pick Zion Williamson became the first player drafted into the NBA that was born in the 2000s. Fast forward about three hours after the draft started and the Philadelphia 76ers were on the clock. With the Boston Celtics making the pick for them the team selected lockdown defender Matisse Thybulle from the University of Washington.
Trading with a rival
Originally the Sixers had the number 24 pick. However, with Thybulle still available the team made their move.
The Sixers acquired the number 20 overall pick used to select Thybulle while the Celtics received the number 24 and 33rd picks.
Defensive player of the year
Thybulle makes his living on the defensive end. He’s a two time Pac-12 Defensive player of the year (2018,2019). Two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection. Furthermore, in 2019 he was the NCAA steals leader, First Team all Pac 12 selection and the Naismith Defensive player of the year. For his career, Thybulle averaged 9.2 points, 2.5 steals, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
The 6’5 guard is the first NCAA player in 20 years to have 100 plus steals and 70 plus blocks in the same season finishing with 126 and 82. His defense helped lead the Huskies to the second round of the NCAA tournament this year. The lockdown defender will join Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the rest of the process as he looks to help make life hard for opposing offenses.
Following his selection, Thybulle talked about his late mother and how she inspired him.
Wearing the number 4 in her honor the Washington guard has definitely made her proud. Welcome to Philly Matisse!
Featured image via ESPN Images Gabriel Christus
All stats via sports-reference.com
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