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Sixers trade 24th and 33rd picks to Boston for 20th overall, draft Matisse Thybulle

A trade with the Celtics to obtain a player from Washington...what could go wrong?

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Talk about deja vu. Two years after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a trade with the Boston Celtics to move up and draft a player from the University of Washington...the Sixers swung a trade with the Celtics to move up and draft a player from the University of Washington.

What a wild minute. Huskies senior Mattise Thybulle becomes the newest member of the Sixers, as Elton Brand and the front office decided the first of their second-round picks was an acceptable price to move up four spots and ensure Thybulle came to Philadelphia. Rumored to be a Sixers target, it turns out that Philadelphia had actually been the team to offer a first-round promise to Thybulle.

While some people may wish the Sixers had grabbed a sliding Brandon Clarke, who went one pick later at 21st overall, Thybulle is undoubtedly a good fit in Philadelphia. The Naismith Defensive Player of the Year will be able to make an impact on the defensive end from Day One, and he and Zhaire Smith could form a formidable shutdown pairing off the bench.

We’ll have much more analysis on Thybulle to come. For now, you can re-read Brian Murphy’s prospect breakdown on the defensive dynamo.

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