Philadelphia 76ers rookie Matisse Thybulle, who the team acquired from the Boston Celtics during the draft, will have a major role coming off the Sixers bench this season.

The 2019 NCAA Defensive Player of the Year should quickly get into the good graces of head coach Brett Brown due to his elite skillset on defense.

Perhaps he could become a Robert Covington type 3-and-D player, who thrived with Brown as his coach.

That’s a lot of pressure for a rookie, but it should be the goal for the Washington product.

Respect from his peers

Already, Thybulle’s defensive reputation has grabbed the attention of his fellow rookies.

In the 2019-2020 Rookie Survey, Thybulle earned 37 percent of the vote for the best defender in this year’s draft class. The survey was voted by the incoming rookies to the league.

His achievement’s back up the vote.

He is the all-time leader in steals (331) in the Pac-12, breaking Gary Payton’s record. Thybulle averaged 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior.

Thybulle carried his collegiate success into the Summer League averaging 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

Summer League not only showed his defensive capabilities, but what he can bring on offense.

He averaged 11.6 points and 2.0 assists, while shooting 39.3 percent from deep.

Thybulle will have a role on this team during the season and if all goes well, it can continue into the playoffs.

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