These past few weeks, Sixers fans have been glued to their screens 24/7 awaiting the possibility of a blockbuster trade for Ben Simmons or a new acquisition to the team during free agency. One fan favorite Sixers name has seemingly flown under the radar, and that’s Matisse Thybulle.
Thybulle has been nothing but astounding during his first run at the Olympics with the Australian Boomers and was integral to the team’s blowout 97-59 win over Argentina, posting 12 points and five rebounds. Matisse also took his sticky fingers over to Tokyo and ended the game with three steals, which is typical for the young guard.
What was really impressive about Matisse’s performance against Argentina was his ability to knock down 3/5 from beyond the arc. During the regular season and into the playoffs, Thybulle’s three point shot was either red hot or ice cold. Seeing his 3’s go in more consistently over these last few Olympic games should be a breath of fresh air for Sixers fans looking to the future.
These past couple years, Thybulle has been looking for his big break in the Sixers starting rotation, and with his recent run with the Boomers, he might have landed himself a spot. Matisse has always been a fringe 3-and-D player who just needed to polish his inconsistent shot on top of his stellar defense. With his recent performances and lights out shooting, Thybulle is looking to become an official member of the 3-and-D club.
Doc Rivers never lets hard work and dedication go unnoticed and I’m sure he hasn’t missed the Sixers’ lone Olympian’s games this summer. Sixers fans shouldn’t be surprised if Doc rewards Matisse with a permanent spot in the starting lineup, even if the team does bring back Danny Green.
Thybulle’s road to the gold is not yet over as he and his fellow Boomer’s have a tough task ahead of themselves in facing Team USA on Thursday, August 5th.
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