CAMDEN, N.J. - For the second time in three years, the Sixers have acquired a player from the University of Washington on draft night.
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The team acquired the rights to defensive-minded wing Matisse Thybulle in another trade with the Boston Celtics, a team source confirmed. The Sixers will pick Nos. 24 and 33 to Boston for No. 20, which will be Thybulle.
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.
While Thybulle shot the three well over his first three college season (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.
The Sixers hold four picks in the second round at Nos. 34, 42 and 54.
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