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Sixers' Matisse Thybulle embracing '3-and-D' role

Andrew Porter
July 09, 2019 - 8:52 am

The Philadelphia 76ers, the second favorites in the Eastern Conference, have championship aspirations in 2019-20. And they're going to ask a lot of 22-year-old first round draft pick Matisse Thybulle. 

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The 6'5" forward joined Jon Johnson on 94WIP and talked about how he is embracing the three-and-D role. 

“I talk to Coach Brown a lot," Thybulle said on Monday night. "Me and him have been able to talk a lot, just about what my role on the team will look like, what the city of Philadelphia expects from their team and what that means for me and what I need to do coming in.

“It’s pretty simple. He wants me to get out there and be tough, guard at a high level, and guard multiple positions and then just be able to knock down threes. It’s a three-and-D role and it’s something I think a lot of people expected me to step into at this level and it’s something I embrace. It’s a simple role and I know my job and I’m excited to do it.”

Thybulle, in three Summer League games, is averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 assists in 27.0 minutes per game. Thybulle has made seven of 19 three's (36.8%) in three games. 

Thybulle is expected to have a significant role off of the bench for the Sixers this season, a unit which also contains second-year player Zhaire Smith, Mike Scott, James Ennis, Jonah Bolden, Kyle O'Quinn, and Raul Neto. The starting lineup will almost certainly look like: Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, and Joel Embiid.