The 2019 NBA Draft was a little boring through the lottery. Top players went where we expected them to go, and save for a couple trades that happened earlier in the day, not much happened once the draft got underway.
The last third of the first round is where things have the potential to get interesting. Teams have been rumored to be moving around, and we now have a trade.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics selected Matisse Thybulle at No. 20 and traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for the Nos. 24 and 33 overall picks.
According to the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Sixers had promised Thybulle at No. 24.
This allows Boston to players to fill out the rest of their roster, something that will be necessary for them as they move forward in the light of both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford reportedly looking to go elsewhere once free agency starts in July.
The Sixers are getting an excellent defender in Thybulle. The 6-foot-5 senior from Washington won the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019. He’s a work in progress offensively, but when you’re at the bottom there’s no place to go but up.
Hopefully things get a little more spicy as the night goes on.