Matisse Thybulle: Tools

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. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.


 
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Speed (north-south)

Thybulle has good speed in the open court when running and filling in transition, but where his skills are most noticeable is in his recovery speed. He is able to make up ground on jump shooters quickly which allows him stray further and deeper than other defenders in search of impact plays. His lateral quickness could use some work on guard closeouts, though, as one solid dribble move can leave him in the dust (something he might be okay with given his ability to block shots while trailing).


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Agility (east-west)

Thybulle’s quickness isn't anything special, but he is a very decisive player which can often stand in for mediocre lateral movement. By assessing situations efficiently he often beats players to spots on the court, giving him the appearance of being incredibly quick. If he can continue to do the same in the NBA, no one will be the wiser.


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Leaping

Though not incredibly explosive, Thybulle has shown he has workable skills as a leaper. He can elevate quickly off two feet and has good bounce on the move. His standstill leaping is mediocre and he attains limited height off one foot, things which could be improved as he adds muscle.


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Body control

A very underrated part of his game, Thybulle can contest and swipe without fouling. He is careful to bring his hands up instead of down on steal attempts and will usually rely on simply dispossessing the offensive player as opposed to over-committing to a steal attempt and drawing a foul.


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Frame

Thybulle has good-but-not-great strength, something which is apparent when he ends up trying to handle larger players. He should be able to add strength, particularly in his arms and core, which will help him defend up a position. He has great length and knows how to practically squeeze every bit of use he can out of his 6'5” frame.