Buzz growing in Dallas for Mavs’ rookie Beaubois

NBA.com. The Roddy Beaubois Revue is sweeping through Dallas to rave, um, reviews. The rookie guard, the subject of a tongue-in-cheek Free Roddy campaign not so long ago, is stealing headlines with each stolen outlet pass as the Mavericks, now second in the Western Conference, continue to rack up wins.

“He’s a talent,” future Hall of Famer and teammate Jason Kidd said. “He’s going to be a special player in this league.”

Heady stuff for someone who’s failed to get off the bench in 25 of Dallas’ 65 games and is averaging only 6.3 points and 12.4 minutes a game. But what he’s done in those limited opportunities is creating a buzz that’s helped Mavericks fan forget past French misconnections.

Though his playing time has wavered — a stint in the NBA D-League was considered at one point — Beaubois has stuck it out with the big club. He’s in the rotation again due to circumstance and injury, starting the last two games and logging significant minutes in the last four.

The stretch started with a night off for Kidd last week, as J.J. Barea and Beaubois handled the point guard duties against the Timberwolves. Beaubois tallied a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and handed out four assists.


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