After suffering a fractured left foot that saw him miss 38 games, Dallas guard Rodrigue Beaubois has provided the team with an infusion of energy since his return on February 16.
The 6-foot-2 inch guard finished with a solid 14 points and six assists in a 127-109 home rout against New York this past Thursday.
After the game, head coach Rick Carlisle told the media he is looking to give extend minutes to Beaubois once he gets back into game shape.
“He is showing great progress and is playing to exhaustion,” Carlisle explained. “I’m looking to get him in more. To maintain the physical level he does is substantial. I’m very pleased with his progress and I want to keep developing him and extend his minutes.”
The second-year pro tallied 13 points, six assists and three steals in his season debut against Sacramento. He also had 15 points and two steals all in the first half in a home loss to Memphis last week.
Beaubois is making plays each time he is on the hardwood according Dallas guard Jason Terry said.
“He’s been solid,” Terry said. “His conditioning has been a little behind but we’re going to continue to push him in practice and push him on our off days. He’s quick as ever, you know he can make plays and he’s scoring great in the minutes that he’s given.”
The Guadeloupe native has had four games in double-digit scoring range. He also had nine starts in the last 10 games, averaging nine points per game.
Selected in 2009 as the 25th overall draft pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas quickly acquired Beaubois in a trade. The French guard was discovered at an open basketball camp in Guadeloupe by NBA player Mickael Pietrus, who was added to the Phoenix Suns roster after a trade with Orlando in February.
Dallas is currently second in the Western Conference at 47-18, as the Mavericks continue its playoff push. Center, Tyson Chandler, who made his return this week after recovering from a sprained right ankle, said Beaubois has been exciting.
“He’s been great for us,” Chandler said. “He is the energy and youth that we need. He definitely brings more excitement to the team. I feel the longer and better condition he is in, the greater he is going to be for us.”