With the short-lived Jrue Holiday era in Philly now over, the Sixers have handed the keys over to rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. However high GM Sam Hinkie is on the 6’5″ athletic guard out of Syracuse, there is no possibility that he is viewing him as the franchise savior.
Regardless, even if Holiday was still in a Sixers uniform, the team would be looking to add some offense from the point guard position off the bench. Philadelphia really struggled when Jrue was off the court a season ago, and with him now gone, they will likely struggle even with their starting point guard on the floor. With that said, I introduce to you Rodrigue Beaubois.
Beaubois has spent his four-year career with the Dallas Mavericks thus far. After a somewhat disappointing season for both the Mavs and Beaubois, he is not the hottest commodity left in free agency. It wasn’t long ago that the French native was viewed as one of the better reserve guards in the game. Just two seasons ago Beaubois managed to post 8.9 points per game and 2.9 assists in under 22 minutes of work.
While there is no denying his inefficiency from a season ago, there is no reason to believe that he can not bounce back from one bad season. Dallas brought in Darren Collison believing he was the point guard of the future, possibly discouraging Beaubois although there are no facts to back that statement, but that did not work out regardless. Whatever the reason was, Beaubois failed to live up to the expectations set by himself, and averaged just 4 points and 1.9 assists in just over 12 minutes per contest.
Beaubois would likely be a quality back-up to Carter-Williams, and potentially be able to fill in as a starter when needed. In a situation without much pressure to perform, he may be able to return to form and potentially surpass all expectations. This is another low-risk, high-reward move that the Sixers’ braintrust should thoroughly look into.