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Matisse Thybulle Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Matisse Thybulle

Senior 6’5″ 195 Shooting Guard Washington 22 Yrs. Old
9.1 ppg 3.1 rpg 3.5 spg FG: 41.5% 3 PT: 40.5%

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Recruiting profile

Wingspan: 7’0″

NBA Comparison: Tony Allen/Danny Green

Strengths: Perimeter defense, Shot blocking, Length, Speed

Weaknesses: Did not put up big offensive numbers, Efficiency

Despite not being great offensively in college, Thybulle was one the best perimeter defender in the country, leading him to be considered as a possible draft pick. He is a menace on the wing when guarding, averaging 3.5 steals per game as a senior. If a player was to get by Thybulle, and at times coming over to help, his ability to block shots at 2.3 per game as a guard is impressive. In the NBA they will not be running the zone defense that Washington was running, but Thybulle can use the same skills he developed in that system at the next level. Reaching in and stripping the ball is something he does with regularity, and interior passes are made difficult due his length. His defensive ability earned his the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the Lefty Driesell Award which are given to the top defensive player in the country. After getting a steal on a fast break or tracking a ball down, his top end speed is solid and allows him to get to the basket. Not only does he have speed and quickness, but as a jumper he is above average, and his length allows him to play much bigger than his listed 6’5″ height.

Offensively he has shown flashes of his ability, but his main role has been the lead defender and he did not put up the numbers you usually see with a draft prospect, especially as a guard. One thing to note is that he never attempted more than ten shots per game in college, so much of his low statistical averages can be attributed to that. He has never been a great shooter but he shot over 35% on three point attempts in his first three seasons at Washington, dipping down to 30.5% as a senior as well as being down percentage wise from the field. This decline should be somewhat concerning, with one positive being has been a solid free throw shooter showing that he has the mechanics to shoot the basketball efficiently. Driving to the basket is something he does well, and the spaced out professional game should allow him to get a shot off after driving to the basket, where he has a solid floater.

This short highlight gives you an idea of his defensive ability:

Turning defense into offense and showing off his athleticism:

Thybulle’s draft stock is all over the board, some draft sites have him going in the first round, and others in the second. Considering his defensive prowess, and offensive potential with a larger role, it would be a big surprise if he went undrafted. He will most likely go in the late first, or early second round when the draft comes around. His ceiling would be a starter level guard, putting up average numbers offensively, but who has All-NBA potential on the defensive end. The floor for Thybulle as a professional is that he is never able to score at the level needed to get significant minutes, and comes off of the bench as a solid defensive player who can give you minutes. 

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