In a statement today, the 76ers and President of Basketball Operations today announced they will be exercising Matisse Thybulle’s third-year option.
Thybulle, who is in his second NBA season, was selected by Boston with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft before Philadelphia acquired his rights in a trade. Last season, he appeared in 65 games (14 starts), tallying 4.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and a rookie-best average of 1.4 steals in 19.8 minutes per game. Thybulle’s 93 total steals were 31 more than the next-closest NBA rookie a season ago, while his 47 blocks ranked fourth among first-year players. He was one of just nine players league-wide to post at least 90 blocks and 45 steals during the 2019-20 season and only the 10th rookie to reach such marks since 2000. As a first-year pro, Thybulle scored in double figures five times, including a career-high 20-point outing on Dec. 8, 2019 vs. Toronto, during which he made five three-pointers.From 76ers PR
Thybulle has barely cracked the rotation, and when he has, he seemed to have struggled on offense. It looks like, in spite of that, the 76ers are still not ready to give up on him. His defensive presence is a foundation that is enough that they should be willing to wait while he elevates his offensive game. For the time being, the team has veteran wing Danny Green to fill that role. However, Green is expiring and the team may see Matisse as a player to eventually fill Green’s role.