Sixers-Bulls Matisse Thybulle trade No. 2
Coby White is not perfect, but he can put the ball in the basket. That is not something Matisse Thybulle can do. Last season, White averaged 12.7 points on .433/.385/.857 shooting splits. He started in only 17 of 61 appearances, but he was Chicago’s regular starting point guard the year prior (and his numbers were more impressive in more minutes, as one might expect).
The Sixers don’t need another score-first guard on paper, but like… they kind of do. Even with Harden and Maxey being staggered in the backcourt, the Sixers’ bench desperately lacks players who can attack closeouts and create offense from scratch. Enter White, who would be an upgrade over Shake Milton and the Sixers’ long-term sixth man.
At 6-foot-5, White has good size for the point guard spot. He can defend up a position or two when called upon and he’s adept at playing off of other guards. He would no doubt benefit from Harden’s capacity for setting up teammates, be it for open 3s or for drives. White averaged 5.8 attempts from 3-point range in 27.5 minutes per game last season. That kind of volume would fit hand-in-glove with Philadelphia’s offense.
The Sixers might have to cough up some second-round picks too (and White’s first contract extension is looming similarly to Thybulle’s), but getting an offensive player of White’s caliber would be an absolute win for the Sixers’ front office.