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As a rookie in 2009, Roddy Beaubois showed flashes of brilliance, including a 40-point explosion against the Golden State Warriors when he drained nine three-pointers. During that season, many Mavs fans clamored that he would be the next star of the Mavericks, calling out Coach Carlisle for limiting his time on the court and holding back his development.
A left foot injury hasn’t helped, as Beaubois was limited during the entire championship run last year. However, his return from his injury has been less than glorious, as he's averaging 3.9 points on 28.1% shooting. His athletic ability and quickness are evident, but he plays like an undersized 2. His height and agility suggest an ideal point-guard frame, but he hasn’t displayed the penetrating and passing ability of a facilitator. Instead, his playing style suggests that he wants to develop an undersized 2 game like Jason Terry's, but he hasn’t showed his ability to consistently knock down jump shots the way Jet does.
Whether you blame his underachievement on the head coach, on his injury, or on his own efforts, we're hard-pressed to put much confidence in the third-year player we once called a future star. With management looking to snag Deron Williams in free agency next year, it’s safe to say that the team shares the same sentiments.