At the end of the 2011-2012 NBA season, there was plenty of speculation about who would be the back-up point guard this year for the Dallas Mavericks. There were many people who suspected it would be fourth-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois. As it turns out, they made a good choice in not letting Beaubois take that role.
In last year’s lockout-shortened season, Beaubois emerged as a quality young player with a ton of potential. He played in 53 of the Mavs 66 games and averaged 21.7 minutes per game. He also was able to average 8.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in those reserve minutes. The only knock against his play last season was his 42.2 percent shooting, but people figured that could be fixed as he gained more experience.
He started out this season playing decent minutes, around 16 per game, but lost his role on the depth chart after an atrocious performance in the month of November. For the month, Beaubois averaged just 3.3 points, 2.8 assists and two rebounds per game on unbelievably poor 23.7 percent shooting. That’s definitely the type of numbers that will get a player benched.
Now, Beaubois really only sees the floor in blowouts or if someone is injured. He’s deeply buried on their bench behind guards like Darren Collison. O.J. Mayo, Vince Carter and Mike James that all see significantly more time on the floor than Beaubois. And really, you can’t blame Dallas for making that decision. Beaubois had the opportunity to earn a prominent role on this team and he played some of the worst basketball of his short career in response. That’s not going to cut it.