SIXERS WING THYBULLE — 2ND STRAIGHT ALL-NBA DEFENSE 2ND TEAM

By Peter Marx

Sixers wing Matisse Thybulle was named to the NBA’s second All-Defensive team, after he made second team last season too.

Thybulle appeared in a career-high 66 games (50 starts), averaging a career-high 1.7 steals and tying a career-best mark with 1.1 blocks per game, joining Nerlens Noel and Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Julius Erving as the only 76ers to post such averages in a season.

He was the only player in the league to average at least 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks, and the first NBA player to do so since 2019-20.

As a perimeter defender, Thybulle was a disruptor for three-point shooters with a league-leading 23 blocked threes, seven more than any other NBA player. This helped lead Thybulle to 60 blocks within his first 60 outings, making him the first guard since Dwyane Wade to do so in consecutive seasons.

Overall this season, opponents had a field goal percentage of .407 on attempts when Thybulle was defending the shot which was tied for the second-best mark in the NBA among players with at least 500 field goals defended.

By the end of the year, Thybulle totaled 115 steals and 71 blocks this season, making him the only player to top 110 steals and 70 blocks. Thybulle is also the seventh player in team history with at least 110 swipes and 70 rejections in a season.

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