By Tommy Matthews
The Sixers have a Matisse Thybulle problem.
He can’t score, which in the NBA is a definite drawback.
It’s so bad that when he’s on the floor, the Sixers are at a 4-against-5 disadvantage, similar to what they were when Ben Simmons deigned to play.
And Thybulle’s defense, which is his calling card, was nowhere to be found in the playoffs.
Plus, because he is a goofball anti-vaxxer, he couldn’t play in the two games against the Raps in Toronto.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, addressed Thybulle:
“The Sixers actively explored the trade market for Matisse Thybulle this summer—quite the important context for the third-year forward’s extension discussions.
“While Thybulle guards at an All-Defense caliber, his lack of consistent shooting has provided problems for Philadelphia’s lineups around Joel Embiid. Plus, the Sixers added P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. to further their two-way depth on the wing and in the frontcourt.
“There hasn’t been traction on extension conversations with Thybulle, sources said.
“Most extension dialogues don’t begin in earnest until summer approaches fall. But Thybulle may be the perfect case to buck the league’s recent trend of growing extension numbers.
“If the current trade market is an early indication of next summer’s free agency, Thybulle’s value could struggle to recover from a poor postseason showing, with his vaccination status further complicating matters.
“Perhaps there’s room for Thybulle to bet on himself in hopes of landing a richer deal next offseason.”