As the Philadelphia 76ers' training camp gets underway, Matisse Thybulle has left coaches and teammates impressed.
Coming into his third season in the league, Thybulle already has an All-Defensive nod to his resume, doing so in limited minutes.
Known as one of the elite defenders in the league, Thybulle has room to grow on the offensive end of the floor. Veteran teammate Danny Green has noticed an increased confidence level from Thybulle as the Sixers get to work.
"It's a big difference in this league when you can tell a player's confidence level. That can make or break a player or change a player's whole game," said Green.
"You can tell he's come back a lot more comfortable within himself, within the offense and he's played his game, and done what he does best. He's got a medal, I'm jealous of him. It's great to see, but he's coming back as a more mature player and a more confident player and we're going to need that from him."
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Thybulle played a critical role on the Australian national team during the Olympics, flashing his ability to score in transition and from beyond the 3-point arc.
"He's really worked on his shot, which we just got to keep working on, but there's other ways for him to score," said head coach Doc Rivers.
"With his speed, I asked him 'You get one breakaway every 30 games, how is that possible with your speed? You should get two a game.'
"Yesterday, he had one, so we laughed at it today, he had one. I really believe we get a rebound he should be releasing with his speed and he's been catching and finishing."
Thybulle averaged 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds across 65 appearances in 2020-21.
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