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No All-Rookie Team for Matisse Thybulle

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About an hour before the start of the Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals (*massive groan*), the NBA released its First and Second All-Rookie teams:

Notably, for Philadelphia fans, Matisse Thybulle was not selected to one of the teams. Matisse obtained the 12th-highest point total overall, receiving 6 First Team votes and 43 Second Team votes.

In my incredibly biased opinion, Thybulle deserved a Second Team All-Rookie selection. He was one of the most disruptive defenders in the entire NBA, not just among rookies. Among NBA players who appeared in at least 15 games during the regular season, the Young Bulle ranked third in steals per 36 minutes (2.6), and tied for fifth among guards in blocks per 36 minutes (1.3).

Matisse was the victim of these sorts of awards voting skewing heavily towards offensive production. His ranking 48th among rookies in points per game (4.7) was obviously a huge knock against him. Still, did Terence Davis’s mark of 7.5 points per game warrant overlooking Thybulle’s dominance on the other end? I would argue it did not.

How many of these other rookies appeared on Good Morning America this year though? That’s what I thought. You’re the real winner, Matisse. Work on looking a little less deer-in-a-headlight-like while dribbling in the open court and come back hungrier than ever next season.

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