Thybulle Voted Best Defender by Peers

by Lauren Rosen

After Matisse Thybulle led the NCAA in steals, then won 2019 NCAA Defensive Player of the Year, it’s no secret that 76ers’ first-round acquisition brings an elite set of defensive skills to the organization.

Now, that sentiment has been reaffirmed by his peers.

In the 2019-20 NBA.com Rookie Survey, Thybulle was voted as the best defender in the 2019 rookie class by his fellow draftees.


Thybulle received 37% of all votes, the largest portion since Victor Oladipo was voted as the best incoming defender in 2013 (63%).

Thybulle earned a sterling defensive reputation during four seasons at Washington, where he averaged 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game throughout his career. 

As a senior, Thybulle averaged 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. His 126 steals that season marked the most in the nation. 

At summer league, he averaged 2.0 steals per game.


 

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