Matisse Thybulle

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Matisse Thybulle
Matisse Thybulle.jpg
Thybulle in 2019
No. 22 – Philadelphia 76ers
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1997-03-04) March 4, 1997 (age 22)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolEastside Catholic
(Sammamish, Washington)
CollegeWashington (2015–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentPhiladelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Matisse Thybulle (born March 4, 1997)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies. As a senior in 2019, he was recognized as the top defender in the nation with the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award. Thybulle also earned first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12, and repeated as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft with the 20th overall pick.

Early life[edit]

Thybulle was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the son of Greg, a Haitian-born HP Inc. unit systems crisis manager,[2] and Dr. Elizabeth Thybulle, a physician who died of leukemia in 2015.[3] When he was two, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, where they lived for seven years.[4] Thybulle did not play much basketball in Australia. He was more interested in swimming there, where he said lifeguards "were a really big deal".[5] His family returned to the U.S. in 2005 and settled in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle.[4]

Thybulle could not make layups consistently until around the eighth grade, when his coordination began matching his speed.[5] He attended Skyline High School for two years, then transferred to nearby Eastside Catholic,[5][6] where he was ranked a four-star recruit by and three-star by ESPN,[7][8] and graduated in 2015.

College career[edit]

Thybulle chose to attend the University of Washington in Seattle based on his relationship with Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar.[8] He started all 34 games as a true freshman in 2015–16, averaging 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 24.1 minutes per game.[4] As a sophomore in 2016–17, he averaged 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals,[9] but the Huskies won only two games in conference and were 9–22 in Romar's fifteenth season at Washington, and he was fired.[10]

Thybulle considered leaving the program after his coach left.[10] However, he decided to return for 2017–18 after meeting with new coach Mike Hopkins. The former 22-year Syracuse assistant under Jim Boeheim sold him on the Orange's acclaimed 2–3 zone defense that he planned to install at Washington.[11] On February 17, Thybulle scored a career-high 26 points in an 82–59 win over Colorado.[12] Possessing a 7-foot (2.1 m) wingspan,[13] he was instrumental to the Huskies' zone defense, which was a key to the team's first 20-win season since 2011–12.[14][15] He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to receive the honor.[14] Thybulle averaged a career-high 11.2 points per game, set a Huskies single-season record with 101 steals, and led Washington with a team-leading 49 blocks.[16] He became the second player in Pac-12 history with at least 90 steals and 40 blocks in the same season, joining Jeff Trepagnier (USC, 1999–2000).[14]

In 2018–19, Thybulle had 17 points, six steals and five blocks in a 64–55 home win over Colorado to help the Huskies clinch a share of the Pac-12 regular season title.[17] Including a win earlier in the week against Utah, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.0 steals, 4.5 blocks and 5.0 rebounds to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.[18] Thybulle won the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and Lefty Driesell Award as the top defensive player in the nation.[19] He was also named first-team All-Pac-12, and became the second player in conference history to repeat as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.[20] He led all NCAA Division I players with 126 steals,[19] which also broke the Pac-12 single-season record held previously by Jason Kidd.[21][22] Thybulle also ranked eighth nationally with 83 blocks, becoming the only player in the past two decades to record at least 100 steals and 80 blocks.[19] With averages of 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game, he was one of three players in the last 20 years to average at least 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in a season.[a] Thybulle also passed Gary Payton to become the conference leader in career steals with 331,[22][23] and was the first in Pac-12 history with two 100-steal seasons.[20] He also tied Washington's career blocks record of 186 held by Chris Welp,[22] and he is the only player in Huskies history ranked in the top 10 in both career steals and blocks.[24]

Professional career[edit]

On June 20, 2019, the Boston Celtics selected Thybulle with the 20th pick in the 2019 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights of their 24th pick and 33rd pick.[25] On July 3, 2019, Thybulle signed with the 76ers.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
* Led NCAA Division I


2015–16 Washington 34 34 24.1 .397 .366 .714 3.2 1.6 1.1 .9 6.2
2016–17 Washington 31 31 29.9 .448 .405 .841 3.1 1.8 2.1 .7 10.5
2017–18 Washington 34 33 32.3 .445 .365 .714 2.9 2.6 3.0 1.4 11.2
2018–19 Washington 36 36 31.1 .415 .305 .851 3.1 2.1 3.5* 2.3 9.1
Career 135 134 29.4 .429 .358 .782 3.1 2.0 2.4 1.4 9.2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ He joined Shane Battier (1999–2000 and 2000–01) of Duke and Nerlens Noel (2012–13) of Kentucky.[19]


  1. ^ "DR. ELIZABETH M. THYBULLE". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Laughing matters" (PDF). Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Payne, Patti (February 20, 2015). "Community mourns popular doctor". Puget Sound Business Journal.
  4. ^ a b c Allen, Percy (July 11, 2016). "UW's Matisse Thybulle gets chance to develop game with Pac-12 all-stars in Australia". The Seattle Times.
  5. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg (March 6, 2019). "Washington's Matisse Thybulle is making defense sexy again". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Payne, Terrence (September 29, 2014). "Washington adds fourth commit in Rivals150 forward". College Basketball Talk. NBC Universal.
  7. ^ Caple, Christian (September 29, 2014). "Matisse Thybulle, 4-star SF prospect, commits to Huskies basketball team". The News Tribune.
  8. ^ a b Nemec, Andrew (September 30, 2014). "Matisse Thybulle, 3-star small forward, chooses Washington Huskies over Oregon, others". The Oregonian.
  9. ^ Waltos, Kyle (March 28, 2017). "Matisse Thybulle to return for junior season".
  10. ^ a b Clark, Ryan S. (February 2, 2018). "After Romar's firing, core of current Husky team opted to stick around". Kitsap Sun.
  11. ^ Waters, Mike (April 11, 2018). "How Mike Hopkins made Washington true believers: Behind the scenes of his 1st season". The Post-Standard.
  12. ^ Allen, Percy (February 17, 2018). "UW's Matisse Thybulle: 'It was IT's night and we weren't going to spoil it for him'". The Seattle Times.
  13. ^ Allen, Percy (January 17, 2018). "Matisse Thybulle is a power on defense — the Huskies' man of steal". The Seattle Times.
  14. ^ a b c "UW's Hopkins named Pac-12 coach of year; Thybulle top defensive player". March 7, 2018.
  15. ^ Wilner, Jon (March 7, 2018). "Basketball power ratings: Casting an eye to postseason awards, NCAA bids and the last team standing in Las Vegas". The Mercury News.
  16. ^ Allen, Percy (April 23, 2018). "Matisse Thybulle opts to return to UW Huskies, not enter NBA draft". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Allen, Percy (February 24, 2019). "Three impressions from Washington's latest win: Matisse Thybulle closing in on Pac-12's all-time defensive greats". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Kirschman, Lauren (February 25, 2019). "Husky guard Matisse Thybulle named Pac-12 Player of the Week". The News Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d Allen, Percy (April 7, 2019). "Matisse Thybulle steals another trophy: the Naismith defensive player of the year award". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  20. ^ a b Kirschman, Lauren (March 14, 2019). "Husky senior Matisse Thybulle named finalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year". The News Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  21. ^ Calkins, Matt (March 14, 2019). "After passing Jason Kidd, Huskies' Matisse Thybulle closes in on Gary Payton's steals record". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  22. ^ a b c Allen, Percy (April 4, 2019). "Three UW Huskies seek defensive player of the year award, shooting title and $100,00 prize at Final Four". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  23. ^ Allen, Percy (March 16, 2019). "Top-seeded Huskies fall flat again against Oregon in Pac-12 tournament championship". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  24. ^ Dugar, Michael-Shawn (March 6, 2018). "UW's Hopkins named coach of the year, Thybulle named DPOY". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  25. ^ "In New Picks, Team Lands Prospects Who Check Key Boxes". June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  26. ^ "Team Signs Thybulle". July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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