Before Luka Dončić, there was once an international wunderkind considered Dallas Mavericks’ secret weapon: Rodrigue Beaubois. The kid from Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. He was quickly shipped to Dallas for B.J. Mullens. Virtually unknown in the U.S., Beaubois was pegged as the future of Mavs. Whatever happened to him?
At that time, Dallas was loaded in the backcourt. Jason Kidd, Jayson Terry, and Caron Butler were still in their primes. So was main man Dirk Nowitzki. But with the arrival of the French point guard, fans had another reason to be excited. The sky was the limit for their rookie – even Kidd, considered one of the elite point generals in the sport’s history, acknowledged what Beaubois could bring to the table.
“…the more minutes he can get now, the better it is for us, not only in the long term, but in the short term, too.”Jason Kidd, Bleacher Report
Having future Hall of Famers guiding him and a franchise ready to throw its full support behind him, Beaubois was poised for stardom. And he showed flashes of that potential. Roddy registered a record in his rookie year, a feat unbroken at that time with 50-40-80 shooting percentages from the field, 3-point area, and free throw, respectively. He was electrifying, and he can get anywhere he wants on the floor. Just ask Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who Beaubois cooked for 40 points.
However, injuries happened, and it derailed Roddy’s ascension to elite level. After undergoing two foot surgeries and a hand operation, things were clearly not the same for Beaubois. He left the Mavs in 2013 after spending all his NBA playing career with the same franchise. The guard tried his luck in the Euroleague and enjoyed much better stints in KIROLBET Baskonia and SIG Strasbourg. Now suiting up for Anadolu Efes, the 6’0 guard is having a resurgence after tallying a career-high last November.
In life, things happen for a reason, even though they seem hard to understand at first. For guys like Beaubois, the spotlight is not always the dream. Injuries played their part, and he could have been a victim of his own greatness. The pressure to perform every night could have affected him. But for the Mavs fans, Roddy will always be remembered as someone who gave hope and inspiration to the franchise. His second shot at success is much sweeter this time around.