76ers' Matisse Thybulle Out at Least 2 Weeks, Knee Injury Diagnosed as Sprain

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 22, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 10: Matisse Thybulle #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action against the Detroit Pistons during the 2019 Summer League at the Cox Pavilion on July 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Matisse Thybulle is out at least two weeks with a right knee sprain and bone bruise, according to The Athletic's Derek Bodner:

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#sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle is out indefinitely with a right knee sprain and a bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in approximately 2 weeks. The injury is the result of a hyperextension suffered late in the 4th quarter of last night's win over the Wizards.

This season, Thybulle has averaged 4.8 points and 1.4 steals in 17.6 minutes per game, impressing with his impactful defense and perimeter shooting (46.3 percent from three). 

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted the 22-year-old out of Washington with the 20th overall pick in this year's draft. While at Washington, Thybulle averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.4 blocks in 135 games (134 starts) across four seasons. 

Thybulle's appeal at the NBA level is his defensive ability. At the time the Sixers drafted him, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman projected him to develop into a defensive specialist.

When speaking on Philly's 94WIP sports radio station in July, Thybulle embraced that role: 

"It's pretty simple. He wants me to get out there and be tough, guard at a high level, and guard multiple positions and then just be able to knock down threes. It's a three-and-D role and it's something I think a lot of people expected me to step into at this level and it's something I embrace. It's a simple role and I know my job and I'm excited to do it."

The Sixers have other options on the bench at wing, namely Furkan Korkmaz and James Ennis III. But neither can replace Thybulle's disruptive defensive presence off the bench.