Thursday, May 6, 2010
Mavs spotlight: Roddy Beaubois (offseason edition)
While Beaubois saw must of his time at the shooting guard spot during his rookie season, his focus will be more at the point guard position.
"Mavs Spotlight" is a series of exclusive one-on-one video interviews conducted by Mavs.com's Earl K. Sneed with various Dallas Mavericks players and coaches. In this edition, standout rookie Rodrigue Beaubois talks about how he plans to get better in the offseason.
Perhaps no player did more with his opportunities on the floor than Beaubois.
The former French League product and Guadeloupe native appeared in just 56 games and averaged just 7.1 points and 1.0 assists during his limited time on the court. But the first-year budding star did start for the Mavericks in 16 games, at times showcasing a rare ability to score with ease above the rim and from behind the arch.
Proof of Beaubois' promising future was on display during his career-high, 40-point explosion against Golden State on March 27. He once again shined in the postseason, pouring in 16 points in just 21 minutes to help the Mavericks overcome a double-digit deficit, before eventually falling 97-87 in a season-ending Game 6 defeat to conclude Dallas' first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs.
"Roddy Beaubois has done some great things this year, and has done a good job of taking advantage of his opportunities," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.
But Beaubois was also the forgotten man on the Mavs' bench at times, struggling to crack the rotation as most rookies do. While the young guard sat, a love affair between the Dallas fans and the 22-year-old developed, wanting to see No. 3 in action.
"I guess I have to work a lot, because if I didn't play more it's because I didn't show enough things," Beaubois said.
Now both the coach and the player have a plan for this summer.
While Beaubois saw must of his time at the shooting guard spot during his rookie season, his focus will be more at the point guard position, learning how to lead a team when he plays in the upcoming Summer League.
"Going forward, he needs to spend more time this summer in Summer League playing the point guard position ... We need him to enhance his knowledge of the point guard position," Carlisle said.
"This summer will be very important for me. I really need to work on my game and my body, everything. And just come into Training Camp ready to go," Beaubois added.
Hear more of what the future star had to say:
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