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Matisse Thybulle
Matisse Thybulle
Position: G-F
Born: 03/04/97
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:201 lbs. / 91.2 kg.
Salary: $2,582,160
But opponents can game plan during the playoffs and strategically time pressure and double-teams more than they can during the regular season. No matter the matchup, Embiid will need to maintain his efficiency and make opponents suffer when they double by finding cutters and shooters. But then it’s on those players to hit shots. You’d think a team led by two limited perimeter threats would be littered with knockdown shooters, but the Sixers have none. Horford, Richardson, and Thybulle are average shooters. Richardson tied a season high with six 3-pointers on Sunday, but he’s made only 34.4 percent of his 3s off the catch, per NBA Advanced Stats. Harris has made only 37 percent of his spot-up 3s in his career, per NBA Advanced Stats. Burks and Furkan Korkmaz can shoot, but they aren’t reliable defenders. A post-centric style of play could expose some of the Sixers’ existing flaws.
Inside the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, while preparing to restart the season and tune up for the playoffs during the coronavirus pandemic, some players have a lot of time on their hands. That includes Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee and Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle. We’ve already seen players fishing and chugging beers in the bubble. They’ve brought mountains of sneakers, video game systems and hot sauce to Orlando, Florida. And McGee and Thybulle are becoming budding amateur video producers.
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While so many of his peers document their NBA bubble experience in Orlando, Fla., on social media with quick cellphone videos or snapshots of life inside the league’s answer to the coronavirus pandemic, Thybulle has taken it next level, shooting and editing footage in real time. The result is the first — and thus far only — documentary from inside the NBA’s Disney campus. His first two episodes of “Welcome to the Bubble” have been viewed more than 575,000 times on YouTube in four days. He’s also posting the episodes on Instagram. “It was just so apparent that this was, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime deal and something that’s going to be pretty historic,” Thybulle said Wednesday. “… It’s nice to have memories, something to remember it with. I figured this was a perfect time to create those memories and start documenting them.”
While so many of his peers document their NBA bubble experience in Orlando, Fla., on social media with quick cellphone videos or snapshots of life inside the league’s answer to the coronavirus pandemic, Thybulle has taken it next level, shooting and editing footage in real time. The result is the first — and thus far only — documentary from inside the NBA’s Disney campus. His first two episodes of “Welcome to the Bubble” have been viewed more than 575,000 times on YouTube in four days. He’s also posting the episodes on Instagram.
“It was just so apparent that this was, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime deal and something that’s going to be pretty historic,” Thybulle said Wednesday. “… It’s nice to have memories, something to remember it with. I figured this was a perfect time to create those memories and start documenting them.” The camera is the fun part of this. Thybulle shoots with a Canon Eos 5D Mark IV, which retails for $2,499, a video camera that can shoot video in 4K resolution.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Thybulle posted a vlog on Saturday of the Sixers’ trip, documenting their flight to Orlando and early hours in quarantine. The players have since cleared the initial mandated quarantine and returned to practice Saturday for the first time since March 10.

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Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Noah Levick: Norvel Pelle compares the NBA’s Orlando plan to when he played overseas in Taiwan — mostly just staying in his room and playing basketball. Pelle says he’ll try to be the Sixers’ “No. 1 cheerleader” when on the bench to help compensate for no fans being in attendance. He rates himself as the Sixers’ No. 1 “energy guy” on the bench, with Matisse Thybulle, Kyle O’Quinnn and Shake Milton behind him.

Brett Brown has said his hope is that the 76ers will leave for Orlando with their fitness level at a B level, while looking to upgrade to an A during the official training camp portion of the ramp-up. It’s clearly a message he’s shared with his players too. “In a matter of two weeks, I feel like I’ve gotten back into really good shape,” said Thybulle. “I think it’s going to be easier to build on after this. Like Coach [Brown] said, being at a B, I feel like I’m definitely there, and once we start playing, it’s going to fall into place,” Thybulle said.
“[Matisse Thybulle] has been great [this season],” said Ben Simmons, on Brian Seltzer’s ‘Reel Talk.’ “He is willing to learn. Everyone has that kind of rookie bump, as they say. But I haven’t really noticed a bump with him. I think he’s been very solid overall. He has gotten a lot better, his confidence is getting better and better. Defensively, his confidence is there — he knows he’s one of the best defenders in the NBA.”
Viewership numbers overall have been seen as a resounding success by the Suns’ organization. The matchup between Ty Jerome and Josh Okogie (Suns vs Timberwolves) reached 3.1 million viewers on Twitter, while Mikal Bridges vs. Matisse Thybulle as the Suns vs 76ers hit 2 million, as did Miami Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson (as the Oklahoma City Thunder) facing Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (as the Suns). The Suns’ Twitch account, which was created only a month ago, now sits at over 448,000 total views with just under 7,000 followers.
Storyline: NBA 2K Ratings
Viewership numbers overall have been seen as a resounding success by the Suns’ organization. The matchup between Ty Jerome and Josh Okogie (Suns vs Timberwolves) reached 3.1 million viewers on Twitter, while Mikal Bridges vs. Matisse Thybulle as the Suns vs 76ers hit 2 million, as did Miami Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson (as the Oklahoma City Thunder) facing Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (as the Suns). The Suns’ Twitch account, which was created only a month ago, now sits at over 448,000 total views with just under 7,000 followers.
Storyline: NBA 2K Ratings
As the NBA considers options for a potential return, Matisse Thybulle put the suspension of his rookie season amid the coronavirus pandemic into perspective. “As much as I want to say basketball is the most important thing in the world, it’s not when you are talking about people’s lives and people’s health,” the 76ers reserve guard said Wednesday. “The small amount of control that we see that we have is scary. So I think trying to focus on controlling what we can control as most people are doing, self-quarantining, I think that has been like my number one focus and I hope it is for most people because, NBA season or not, it doesn’t matter unless you are healthy.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
To keep in shape, Thybulle is working out with weights provided by the Sixers, doing yoga, and running while practicing social distancing. He hasn’t been able to play an actual game or get an on-court workout. However, he does some form shooting with a basketball while lying on his bed. “I think to a certain degree with staying physically prepared, you stay mentally prepared and vice versa,” Thybulle said. “I think the meditation and mindfulness stuff I am doing now will serve me a lot once this season does come back.”
And stuff like this really distracts people and entertains people. At our company, to be honest, there’s a similarity. We’re trying to still tell stories and offer something different and remind people that it won’t always be like this. Not to be too deep, but was that part of your mindset at all? Mattise Thybulle: It was moreso just as a distraction. As it was for me, a distraction that gave me something to do and to occupy my time, and the videos also serve as a distraction and entertainment for people who are also at home. I mean, you could even relate it – and this could be a stretch – but to basketball in general. It’s something that we love as basketball players to do, and we pour all of our time into, and at the end of the day it’s also serving the purpose of entertaining people at home and giving them something to look up to or cheer for or put passion behind. So not to say that TikTok is like basketball, but in the sense of how I deal with it mentally, it kind of serves the same purpose.

Matisse Thybulle to represent Australia at Olympics

Ben Simmons says his Philadelphia 76ers’ teammate Matisse Thybulle will play for Australia at this year’s Olympics. Thybulle was born in the US, spent part of his childhood in Australia and would be a defensive force for the Boomers in Tokyo as the team attempts to win its first Olympic medal. “He’s going to play for Australia,” Simmons told reporters at an NBA All-Star press conference in Chicago on Saturday. “He’s great.”
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While the NBA postseason will be the immediate focus for the trio of Brown, Simmons and Thybulle, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo may also be on their agenda, with the recent news that the Philadelphia rookie is indeed an Australian citizen and eligible to play for the Boomers. “They’ve been pretty good because we have such a big task at hand with this season that it’s hard to look beyond that,” Thybulle responded when asked whether Brown and Simmons are bringing up the prospect of playing in the green and gold.
Simmons found a positive tone when ESPN asked him about Thybulle, whose defensive exploits have already gained positive traction around the league. “He’s going to be great,” Simmons quickly responded. “Defensively he’s got to fix a couple of things mentally in games, but he’s gifted. He’s long, he’s able to read certain players the right way, he’s one of our best defenders.”
Storyline: Olympics
The Bogdan Bogdanovic situation could go to the wire. The Lakers and Hornets are among teams who have expressed interest, sources say. The Sixers seem like a natural fit, but the two teams do not appear to have had any substantive talks. It’s hard to see those talks progressing past the phrase “Matisse Thybulle” — Philly isn’t including him in any deal at this level, and the Zhaire Smith/Mike Scott/pick platter might not pique Sacto’s interest. The Kings have matching rights on Bogdanovic this summer.
Storyline: Bogdan Bogdanovic Trade?

The Sixers have been linked to a resurgent Derrick Rose, their former forward Covington and sharpshooter Davis Bertans. But the asking price, particularly for Covington, one source said, has been too steep. As in: Matisse Thybulle, plus a first-rounder — a hang-up worthy offer. In negotiations, both sides typically get more desperate as the deadline nears. Maybe the asking price for a guy like Rose or Covington lowers to a more appealing level or the Sixers decide something like a future first-rounder is worth it.
“I don’t know if he was surfing to our house,” Thybulle laughed speaking of how Santa delivered presents in Australia, “but in his off time he would go to the beach and surf. Definitely remember that.” These are just some of Thybulle’s many memories of his time in Australia, a connection that he now shares with Sixers head coach Brett Brown and teammates Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden. “It’s like the same way NBA players have a connection with each other that other people don’t, just because you are a part of a special group. … We all have a similar relationship with the land and the experiences we have had over there.”
“I’m definitely proud of Australia,” Thybulle said. “Living outside of the U.S., I feel like you gain a certain perspective that you really can’t get living here, just because so much of the world is dominated by the U.S., whether it’s media or fashion or music, it’s all powered through the U.S., and because we live here, we are kind of in this filter bubble of our own world. Growing up in Australia I think gave me, as a kid, perspective.”
Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle combined for nine steals in the winning effort and their individual defense on LeBron James was impressive. James shot just 2-for-9 when defended by Simmons and he committed two turnovers when the rookie had his turn on him. “I do know that when they collectively put their minds to it, they are as disruptive as anybody in the NBA with their athleticism and their length,” said coach Brett Brown. “I suppose if you can wind them up, on the road or at home, it adds another layer to what their physical gifts are.”
The Sixers have limited assets to include in any trade. Second-year wing Zhaire Smith is the young player they’re most willing to part with, which should come as no surprise since he is struggling to score efficiently in the G League. Opposing teams would prefer to acquire stellar defensive rookie Matisse Thybulle, but league sources say the Sixers would be (understandably) reluctant to deal him. As for draft picks, the Sixers own all of their firsts from 2021 and beyond, plus two high seconds in 2020 courtesy of the Hawks and Knicks. They’ll also receive Oklahoma City’s protected 2020 first if it falls outside the top 20; most likely, they’ll end up with the Thunder’s seconds in 2022 and 2023.