Matisse Thybulle: Off-Ball Offense

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Movement & positioning

Probably his most marketable offensive skill, Thybulle has great feel for filling empty areas of the floor. He tends to hover above the break but is active, moving laterally along the three point line to give slashers kick-out opportunities. He hasn't shown a proclivity to utilize the deep corners, attempting fewer than 25 percent of his three pointers from that valuable zone. Learning to bury himself and knock down shots from everywhere behind the line will be critical to his value as an offensive player.


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Screening

Thybulle hasn't been the screener very often (zero times this season has he been the roll man) and doesn't really have the frame to be a valuable roller. He may be able to find usefulness on guard-to-guard run actions where he pops behind the three point line and gives others space, but the likelihood of that being an appreciable skill in the life of his first contract is slim.


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Shooting off the catch

Thybulle’s struggles behind the arc this season have been noted, but he has proven through his first three seasons that he can get the job done off the catch. He shot 40.5% from 3 when he played with Markelle Fultz. His only real issue mechanically is a slightly acute to acute elbow angle which leads to a flatter arc. Coupling his clean and quick mechanics with his ability to relocate, he should be able to translate his game to the NBA level. Much of his early playing time will be predicated by that translation, however, because of his limited offensive repertoire.


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Shooting off movement

Washington hasn't given Thybulle many opportunities to run off screens and take shots because of his tertiary role in the offense, but he could put his relocating talents to good use, if given the opportunity. He has good balance and quick, educated feet as well as a clean shooting stroke. He will never be a JJ Redick type, but learning to relocate with a shooter's screen could be an avenue for greater offensive success than just being a spot up man can provide.


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Finishing off movement

Thybulle has been good off the bounce, but his finishing off moment skills are somewhat lacking. Though he has great length, he doesn't have great one-foot explosiveness to make great use of curls or other actions which have him running downhill. The Pac 12 has been noted as one of the least watchable conferences this season, in large part due to the number of zone defenses. He has faced a packed paint on many drives and may be able to better take advantage of the space the NBA game will provide.