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2019 NBA draft: Sixers trade up to take Washington wing Matisse Thybulle

2019 NBA draft: Sixers trade up to take Washington wing Matisse Thybulle

CAMDEN, N.J. — For the second time in three years, the Sixers have acquired a player from the University of Washington on draft night.

The team traded for the rights to defensive-minded wing Matisse Thybulle in another deal with the Boston Celtics. The Sixers traded pick Nos. 24 (Ty Jerome) and 33 (Carsen Edwards) to Boston for the rights to draft Thybulle at No. 20.

Thybulle, 22, is the two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He put up lofty steal and block numbers over the last two seasons in the Huskies’ zone defense. He averaged 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks playing as a free safety. Thybulle, who is 6-foot-5 with a reported 7-foot wingspan, doesn't think the adjustment to a man-to-man scheme will be a big one.

“If you look back, I think I still led the Pac-12 in steals when I played under Coach [Lorenzo] Romar," Thybulle said. "We played man and we switched everything. For me it’s just a matter of figuring it out and I’m not worried that I’m not going to be able to, because I’ve played man my whole life except for two years.”

While Thybulle shot the three well over his first three college seasons (37.9 percent), he shot just 30.5 from distance this season. He’s also not likely to become a primary ball handler or scorer. If his shot improves, he could give the Sixers a coveted 3-and-D wing.

He fits the description GM Elton Brand laid out on Tuesday as a mature player with a discernible NBA skill.

"I definitely plan on coming in and contributing," Thybulle said. "I don’t see why not. Defense translates, and for me defense is effort, and I can bring effort day in and day out. Three-point shooting is something that comes naturally to me and I think that will be a big asset with all the talented scorers we have, to surround them with shooters. I don’t think there will be a problem with me stepping in and contributing.”



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Sixers vs. Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (8-5) return to the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday to take on the Knicks (4-10) after a disappointing road trip.

Here are the essentials for tonight’s game:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch:

Home cooking

Yes, the Sixers starting 8-5 is disappointing, and with the amount of talent they have, they should be better.

But they’ve had a brutal schedule to start the season. Not necessarily in the teams they’ve played, but with the amount they’ve had to travel. If it feels like you’ve barely seen the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center, it’s because that’s the case. Just four of their first 13 games have been at home.

Wednesday’s game is the start of 14 of their next 20 at home. Thought it’s been only four games, the Sixers currently have the best defensive rating in the NBA at home. They still have other things to figure out, but this stretch should help. 

Richardson out

With Josh Richardson suddenly out (hip), this will be yet another contest where the Sixers will not have their starting five together. The starting unit has started and finished only four games. Richardson had been playing well recently so the timing is especially unfortunate.

It will likely be Furkan Korkmaz getting the starting nod Wednesday. You should expect to see plenty of rookie Matisse Thybulle as well. Thybulle's minutes have been down recently, but this seems like the ideal opportunity to give the first-round pick extended run.

Bold strategy

It was an odd strategy when the Knicks decided to sign ALL the power forwards this offseason. Fourteen games in, the strategy isn’t any less head-scratching. Philly native Marcus Morris has played well, but New York is 4-10 and looking like they’ll be watching ping pong ball this summer.

They do have young pieces that are intriguing. Though Knicks fans clamored for Zion Williamson, his Duke teammate, R.J. Barrett, has been excellent in his rookie campaign. The No. 3 overall pick is third on the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and is shooting a surprising 37 percent from three.

But it seems head coach David Fizdale is more interested in playing the team’s vets than giving time to high flyer Mitchell Robinson and second-year players Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier. To each their own.

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Sixers release hype video officially revealing 2019-20 City Edition uniforms

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Sixers release hype video officially revealing 2019-20 City Edition uniforms

While a sneak peek last night from Sixers president Chris Heck teased the City Edition uniforms, they were officially revealed Wednesday morning with this epic hype video.

It seemed next to impossible to top last year’s design, as the theme was centered around local icon Rocky Balboa. Yes, Rocky is real and an icon but don’t get me started on that right now.

One season later and the Sixers went the historic route again, this time drawing inspiration from the iconic rich history of Philadelphia's culture. You can certainly appreciate the classic design, though they do seem fairly similar to the City Edition uniforms from the 2017-18 season.


Image credit: Twitter, NBA, NBC Sports Philadelphia 

Once it was hinted that the uniform had a copper stripe as an ode to the Liberty Bell, I was thinking of a National Treasure-esque hype video … but this one is equal to (who am I kidding, this is definitely way better) what I could’ve imagined. The artist, Alix Philogene, narrated the video to describe the everyday people of Philadelphia and the grind this city has in a tribute called "What is Philly."

Check it out:

 

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