Matisse Thybulle reveals how he worked on his shooting in the offseason

CAMDEN, N.J.–When one looks at Philadelphia 76ers wing player Matisse Thybulle’s career thus far, one will see the huge impact he has had on the defensive end. In three seasons in the league, he has already appeared on an All-Defensive Team twice and he disrupts the opposition’s game plan.

However, the offensive end has been a totally different story.

Thybulle has struggled to really find a rhythm on that end of the floor as he is a career 32.4% shooter from deep and he has been a virtual non-factor on offense. He shot just 28.6% from deep in the 2022 playoffs as he was hindered by not being able to play in Toronto in Round 1 due to Canada’s vaccination rule.

After the season ended, Thybulle vowed that he would become an offensive asset and it was later revealed that he worked out with Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. The defensive stud from Washington opened up on his workouts at media day on Monday.

“A lot of it was shooting, shooting related,” Thybulle revealed. “It’s hard to create defensive situations in the offseason. It’s just you and a rebounder, but doing what I could conceptually, film-wise on the defensive ends, but mostly just working on myself offensively with ball-handling in the open court or corner 3s and just catch and shoot and doing things off the move.”

The corner 3s are going to be especially important for Thybulle in the future. The Sixers will need him to knock down those open looks because that corner triple is a shot that will be there on the regular when playing next to James Harden.

Another big factor for Thybulle is that he had a full offseason to work on his game for the first time in his career. The 2020 and 2021 offseasons were interrupted due to other reasons that got in the way.

“I didn’t really have a chance to work on myself the last two offseasons,” Thybulle explained. “The first one was COVID and there was no gyms. The second one, I was working to win a medal at the Olympics with Australia. So there wasn’t a lot of space for me to just work on Matisse. So this is my first chance to have a whole offseason, a real traditional offseason, and dedicated solely to improving myself.”

It remains to be seen if the work Thybulle put in on the offensive end will help the team and himself move forward, but it’s obvious that he is taking the offensive work seriously. Philadelphia needs him to take that next step on offense.

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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire