The lockout goes on and so must my ranking and analysis of the 16 players currently on the world champion Dallas Mavericks’ 15-man roster.
I’m ranking the guys, one a day, from least critical to most critical to a title defense (with likelihood of being on the roster next season playing a significant role in the ranking).
So, let’s move right along with today’s ranking: No. 11
RODRIGUE BEAUBOIS Pos: SG
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 185
Experience: 2 years
Age: 23 (Feb. 24, 1988)
Contract status: Signed through 2012-2013
2010-11 salary: $1.16 million
2011-12 salary: $1.24 million
Rodrigue Beaubois has yet to live up to lofty expectations for the veteran-laden Mavericks.
His story: A year ago the sky was the limit and, frankly, it seemed the Mavs would need Beaubois to reach for the clouds for a chance to contend for a title. Dallas was billing the lanky French-speaking guard from Guadeloupe as a burgeoning star. Of course, none of it panned out. A fractured left foot sustained last summer during a practice with the French national team never healed properly and sidelined Beaubois through the first 54 games of the season. When he returned two games before the All-Star break, he never found a rhythm as the starting shooting guard. With his game and confidence sagging, Beaubois was removed from the starting lineup in the regular-season finale. He hurt his left foot in that game and Beaubois was never heard from in the playoffs. Turns out the veteran-laden Mavs didn’t need the dynamic offensive game Beaubois displayed in spurts as a rookie. Now, after a second surgery on his left foot, we wait to see what will become of the Mavs’ 2009 first-round draft pick.
His outlook: At the end of the title run, it seemed the theme for Beaubois would be: Let’s try this again. However, there are complications, starting with the recent second surgery that will keep him off the basketball court possibly until September. Then there’s the lockout that will force Beaubois to rehab away from the supervision of Mavs trainers and coaches at the American Airlines Center. Finally, there’s that little trade Dallas made on draft night for 6-foot-6 shooting guard Rudy Fernandez that would seem to greatly reduce Beaubois’ chances to reclaim a starting role. With Jason Terry entrenched as the sixth man, has Beaubois been relegated to developmental project? Of course, other factors are also involved, such as the future of J.J.Barea. If Barea leaves via free agency, suddenly the Mavs have a hole to fill at backup point guard, the position Dallas wanted to groom Beaubois for last season. Beaubois can still be the face of the future on an aging roster, but the wild expectations piled upon him a year ago are long gone.