Matisse Thybulle: On-Ball Offense

Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite.


 
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Ball-handling

Acting primarily as a floor spacer and an off-ball threat, Thybulle doesn't usually do a lot of heavy lifting as a ball handler. He has acquitted himself well as a secondary attacker when defenses get warped on the weak side. He has a passable handle in straight line situations, though his lack of true shake will no doubt prove a problem when trying to create looks for himself off the bounce in the NBA.


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Passing

Though his passing numbers aren't spectacular, Thybulle isn’t truly deficient as a passer. He has a good understanding of his team's offense and knows when to look for teammates. He tends to garner a lot of assists within the flow of the offense and doesn't do a tremendous amount of creating while rolling downhill. This is one area which he can improve to give his stock a boost as he will be slotted into a tertiary offensive role regardless of which team he ends up with.


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Shooting off the dribble

This doesn’t appear likely to be a significant part of his game on the NBA level as he has only taken 26 jumpers off the dribble to date this season. Consistently squares his base to the rim, has an acute elbow angle with a little elbow flare, his guide hand does not influence his shot, and he usually flicks or has a soft wrist on the release. Thybulle made 7 of 26 for an aFG% of just 36.5% this season.


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Finishing off the dribble

Thybulle doesn't have explosiveness around the rim, making his finishing off the bounce a little suspect. He uses his length well and has a decent straight-line handle to get to the rim. He doesn't finish particularly well when challenged and tries to slide behind defenses and use one or two dribbles to get an uncontested look when possible. He has been good in transition when pushing the ball ahead, but he is much more comfortable in the trail position than trying to score off the dribble.


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Finishing in the post

This is not an area of emphasis for Thybulle. He has good length, but his lower body strength doesn't present him with immediately exploitable advantages over smaller defenders.