Portland Trail Blazers wing Matisse Thybulle has proven himself one of the best off-ball defenders in the NBA. That has made the 26-year-old a valuable member of Portland’s roster. It might also make him valuable in the eyes of other teams at the upcoming NBA Trade Deadline.
The staff at Blazer’s Edge sister site Brewhoop.com certainly think so, to an extent. As part of a series on potential trade targets for the Milwaukee Bucks, author Alex Skov posited Thybulle as an interesting add.
His stats bear this out with a career 3.3 defensive box plus/minus and 1.5 steals per game—just a tick off his current season average of 1.6 steals per game, which slots Thybulle in the top five of the league in that category. The two-time All-Defensive team member (2021 and 2022) currently leads the league with a 3.4% steal percentage as well, which is the same number he recorded when finishing first in the category during the 2021–2022 season.
The catch: the actual trade suggestion involves former Trail Blazers forward Pat Connaughton, forward MarJon Beauchamp, and a second-round pick.
Thybulle is averaging 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 41.7% from the floor and 37.1% from the three-point arc in 22.8 minutes per game for the Blazers this year.
Connaughton averages 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. Beauchamp, a 23-year-old small forward, plays 15.5 minutes, shoots 40.3% from distance, and averages 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds.
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