Sixers defensive stopper flashes new jump shot at training camp


Matisse Thieball #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game One of the first round of the Eastern Conference at Wells Fargo Center.

Matisse Thiebolle is one of the players with the most questions to answer ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season. The fourth-year striker is heading into the final season of his junior contract and has been linked with trade rumors all summer. Daryl Morey declined to comment on the status of negotiations with the defensive lead during the Sixers media day. It also appears that the Washington producer is losing his place in the starting line-up due to the addition of PJ Tucker.

There will be a number of eyes on Thybulle as he has a lot to prove this season. The bigger question is whether he has continued his offensive development which was the area he most lacked in his game. Doc Rivers and several other members of Thybulle praise the off-season work he’s done this summer. The 25-year-old showed off the jump shot with the new look on Saturday morning after team training as members of the media got a glimpse.

Three-point Thibault struggles

Everyone knows what Thybulle can do on the defensive side of the field, but his inability to consistently drop jumping strikes has limited his time on the court. As a beginner, he shooting 35.7% Behind the three-point arc and attempt 2.4 long-range shots per game while playing 19.8 minutes per game on the bench.

Thybulle took a step in the wrong direction in his second season in the NBA and just called 30.1% of his 3-point attempts. He saw a slight bump in minutes of play (20.0 minutes per game) but only attempted 2.2 three-point attempts per game during the 2020-21 season.

Last season, the two-time All-NBA Defensive member served as the Sixers’ primary fifth starter. Increased his playing time to 25.5 minutes per match and played a valuable role in the five-player unit outsmart opponents 19.4 points for every 100 possessions. Despite the extra time on the court, Thibault is still trying 2.2 Three-Point Attempts and connected rate of 31.3%.

Predictions for the 2022-23 season

If Thybulle can increase the three-point percentage and connect at or above NBA average With 35.2% on three-pointers, he could be one of the most influential two-way players in the entire league. Last season was The only player in the NBA He averaged over 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks last season. Thybulle also caught his opponents with only 40.7% shooting from the field when he was the primary defender.

During his media day session, Thybulle spoke about this being the first off season that he’s really had the opportunity to break his game and make changes. After his rookie year, he played with Australian national team The Covid-19 pandemic halted his off-season plans the following year.

With a clean slate this summer, Thybulle had a hard off-season workout that included spending time in the gym with DeMar DeRozan and Dame Lillard. Sixers fans are sure to be keeping a close eye on what his shot and confidence look like when he resumes playing on the field. He spoke to reporters about ruling out unnecessary movement in the form of shooting and early clips from the jump shot seem to indicate that’s the case.

With the competition growing for minutes and hopes of a new contract, there is a significant amount of pressure on Thybulle this season. If his confidence and effectiveness in taking his leap continued to grow, the sky was the limit of what his potential could be.


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