Matisse Thybulle: Hustle
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Thybulle has a better motor than immediately meets the eye. During long possessions, he tends to settle in and almost give the perception that he isn't engaged. But because so much of what he does well is reactionary his motor almost always mirrors his opponent's. On offense he is very active, sliding side-to-side to make himself available for teammates.
Because of his positioning, Thybulle rarely gets any offensive rebounds outside of the occasional long bounce. His low numbers in this field aren't really a concern because his projected role will keep him above the break in the NBA as well. Teams will want to utilize his skills to prevent transition baskets and will lift him out of rebounding zones to allow him to be the first man back.
Thybulle’s defensive rebounding woes, however, are a bit more concerning. His numbers are deficient because he is usually the point-of-attack defender, challenging a shot, or he is contesting along the perimeter. But the concern in this department is a collective action problem brought on by zone defense. He doesn't put a body on a body and he will often eschew rebounding responsibilities to get out in transition.
Transition is often regarded as a way for offensively-challenged players to get involved and Thybulle is no exception. He is alright when pushing out ahead of the break, but his most effective role is in the trail spot, turning the secondary break into a scoring opportunity by filling in at elbow-extended. When he catches the ball, he is also good at picking the correct moment to attack the resetting defense.
Thybulle is good at causing trouble for opponents on the break. He does small things like trying to slow down ball handlers and forcing passes away from the rim which allow his teammates to get back and contest. He will likely find a similar role with an NBA team, serving as the first line of defense against run-out baskets.