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If Barea really leaves, that will leave a hole in the backup point-guard slot, and an opportunity for Roddy Beaubois. So far in his short career, Beaubois has performed very well when expectations have been kept low, and has disappointed when expectations have soared.
Last season was mostly lost for him, as he struggled to recover from two foot surgeries. When he came back, he was out of rhythm and the victim of his own success during the latter part of his rookie campaign in 2010.
Early on, even Dirk publicly pronounced that Beaubois would be a key player in 2011. It was not to be.
This season, expectations for Beaubois will be lower, due to his mediocre performances upon returning from injury at the end of last season. The team will also need another guard off the bench.
Personally, I hope that Beaubois plays most of his minutes at the two-guard spot, along side Kidd or Jason Terry at the point. Beaubois has yet to demonstrate any court vision that could make him a true floor general.
Because Beaubois comes from a French colony (the Caribbean island Guadeloupe) and has played for the French national team, the comparisons to Tony Parker have been inevitable. And, like Parker, Beaubois has tremendous speed while dribbling.
But even though some may consider Parker a “shoot-first” point-guard, the Spurs’ floor leader still executes the Spurs’ offense admirably, with the help of Manu Ginobili. Perhaps Beaubois can learn to do the same for the Mavericks, but so far I’ve not seen it.
Regardless of whether Beaubois can play point, he has the offensive talent to provide a needed spark off the Mavericks’ bench this season. Like Barea, he can penetrate and create for himself–something at which few other Mavericks truly excel. Beaubois will be important this year.