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Is this the year Roddy Beaubois breaks out?

Sep 20, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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His rookie year, Rick Carlisle didn’t trust Roddy Beaubois until it was too late and the playoffs were lost (not that he would have changed the outcome, but we’ll never know). No less than Mark Cuban said the Mavericks were going to start giving Beaubois some real run, but then a broken foot and surgeries really robbed him of a couple seasons. The speedy French guard hasn’t been healthy.

This is going to be the season he is healthy and gets some minutes.

The question is what will he do with them?

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has Beaubois’ back, he told the team’s Web site.

“Roddy is a kid that we all know has a lot of ability,” Carlisle said last week after taking a few questions about Beaubois during the introduction of the Mavs’ off-season signees.

He added: “He’s done a lot of good things over a three or four-year period, and this is the year that he’s gonna put it all together. He’s had to battle through injury issues two out of his three years, and it’s been something that’s hindered him. But, you know, he’s another guy that can play the 1 and can play the 2, and often times when you look on the floor with our team you’re gonna see two guards out there that can both handle the ball and can both play off the ball.”

This is the year with opportunity if Beaubois can grab it. While the Mavs are still the Dirk Nowitzki show, beyond him there is a vacuum of scoring (not that Jason Terry has taken his talents to Boston) and guys like O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison are trying to step into that void. Beaubois can be one of those guys. He can grab the minutes, the points and the opportunity.

He certainly has shown flashes — he has speed you can’t stay in front of but that comes with good basketball instincts. Plus as a rookie he showed he could shoot — 40 percent from three and he knocked down midrange shots — but those numbers tumbled with his injuries. If he is back, and if his shot is back, Dallas could have a weapon other teams will struggle to contain.

And that would be good for all of us, because few players were more fun to watch than pre-injury Beaubois.

  1. donivantrip - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Hope so. I watched some dallas games last season and he had a couple of really good games, games where he looked like a all star. A backcourt of oj mayo and roddy buckets can be dangerous

  2. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I don’t buy this unless they are a sub-par team. On top of that, he hasn’t shown himself capable of handling an NBA workload without his body breaking down by the two thirds mark of the season. I think he finds his wy back to coach’s dog house by the all-star break.

    • drunkenjunk - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      this, I’ve watched a lot of Roddy and he frustrates the hell out of me. He’ll show some flashes but nothing more.

      • jjared1101 - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        Agreed… he has a lot of talent, but last year, he wasn’t really injured so much as he was just lacking confidence. His rookie year, he was just playing the game and scoring, but once they started asking him to run plays, set guys up, ect… it took him out of rhythm. I think he could flourish in an uptempo style of offense as a 2 guard, but I’m not sure that will be here in Dallas.

        Also, he has VERY good defensive ability, but the problem was, he was focused one game and not the next.

        Like Rick said, he might put it all together as he had a little bit of a learning curve coming out and he definitely has been injured year 2-3, but he just really needs to be focused and confident to play like he did his rookie year.

  3. dabceb - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Roddy shall face his greatest challenges this pre-season. He won’t be able to hide behind Jet and Kidd.

    There are a several new players with experienced gunning for a job. One particular rookie (i.e. Cunningham) shall add some weight on Roddy’s shoulders too.

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