NBA Roundtable

Beaubois Benched

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports

Rick Carlisle could stick with the kid only so long.

At some point, Rodrigue Beaubois had to earn his starting job. That didn’t happen during his abbreviated sophomore season. And he isn’t likely to get the chance again until next season, regardless of the severity of the foot sprain he suffered during Wednesday’s win over the Hornets.

Carlisle wouldn’t commit to continuing to use DeShawn Stevenson as the starting shooting guard, as was the case for most of the season while Beaubois slowly recovered from a broken foot and again in the regular-season finale. But it’s clear from listening to Carlisle and the team’s key veterans that it’s Stevenson’s job for the playoffs, while Beaubois will perhaps be a bit player off the bench.

“Things change,” Carlisle said. “And you’ve got to be judged by performance. I think the last time I said, ‘I’m sticking with this kid’ was over a week ago. Some things have changed in that period of time. That’s just the way it is.”

Actually, nothing changed for Roddy B. during that period of time. That’s the problem.

Beaubois’ struggles simply continued. The trend of foul trouble didn’t end. He didn’t find his offensive rhythm, averaging only 6.7 points on .368 shooting during the previous 10 games before being benched. The poor decision making didn’t improve. And Roddy B.’s fragile confidence, which Carlisle was harshly criticized for protecting by limiting Beaubois’ playing time as a rookie, plummeted.

On Stevenson

“He’s so solid, man — just defensive presence, understands our defensive scheme, being able to knock down open shots, he’s not going to get out of his box, he’s going to make the right pass, just that person on the court that’s just solid,” center Tyson Chandler said. “We need more that.”

“It [sets] more of a tougher tone,” Nowitzki said of Stephenson as a starter. “I always liked him, all season long. When he was starting, when Roddy was out, we had a phenomenal run there in November and December.

“I’m a big supporter of D-Steve. He’s just a rugged 2 guard who can guard 1s, 2s and 3s, so he’s versatile. His shot was looking really good early in the season. If he can shoot the ball like that, he’s going to be an animal for us in the playoffs.”

Good decision.

I am a fan of Beaubois as a player. As an explosive scorer/shooter in the backcourt.

However, Roddy has played poorly and I am not a fan of Dallas starting such a small backcourt. I think they were a much more formidable defensive team when they have size on the wings and Jason Kidd as a big PG. I liked Beaubois more as an instant offense substitute at this juncture in his career.

Unfortunately, Dallas also have Jason Terry and JJ Barea to come off the bench to receive regular minutes. That makes things a lot more difficult for Beaubois. Both to receive minutes and to develop consistent performances.

Dallas is going to have to clean up it’s backcourt this summer to create an easier rotation for their Head Coach and for their best prospect (Roddy Beaubois). It’s what is best for their future.

They can’t keep going forward with these tiny backcourts. They are creating too many problems and could cause them to be eliminated in the first round against a lesser team (Portland) simply due to Portland’s big guards/wings who pose too much of a matchup problem for Dallas.

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