"I am very proud that an island as small as Guadeloupe had this luxury," Beaubois beamed. "For an island that small, that's pretty amazing and pretty impressive. We had a lot of athletes from this little island that were able to become professionals, not only in basketball. But basketball is just one example."
However, being out of sight in a place not famous for basketball does make it very difficult to succeed. Beaubois was not even noticed until 2005 when he was 17 years old, and thanks to a basketball camp Mickael Pietrus organized on his home island.
"I think that one was the first edition of his camp and that's when pretty much everything started for me to be known a little bit more outside of Guadalupe," Beaubois explained.
His coach made some contacts with Cholet Basket in France. Beaubois said the club sent a person, who was on his way to French Guiana, to stop by Guadeloupe and see him play. They liked what they saw, but there was still some convincing for the then-17-year-old to do – at home.
"In Guadalupe, I was practicing two, maybe three times a week maximum."
"I had to convince my parents because they wanted me to graduate from high school before doing anything. My parents were not so convinced that it was going to work out with sports", Beaubois smiled. After all, France was 6,700 kilometers away from home. "It was tough, but finally they accepted it."
When he arrived and joined Cholet's youth team is when the real shock struck:
"When I got there I was impressed by the level. It was guys 15 to 18 years old and everybody was already so strong. I was never strong, I am still not strong", Beaubois said. "Then it got even worse. I was very skinny, so when I first got there and I saw how physical everybody was, I was thinking: 'wow, how am I going to do this?'
"Even practicing. In Guadalupe, I was practicing two, maybe three times a week maximum. And I got to Cholet and it was practice every day, especially in the preseason when it was twice a day, and my body gave up. So I had injury after injury. The first three or four months I was injured… Slowly but surely I get used to it. My body get used to it and I was finally able to compete and play at that level."
He spent four years with Cholet, from 2005 to 2009, and his talent surfaced quickly. Beaubois could shoot, he had blazing speed and athleticism: the same traits he still possesses today. He played the first two years with the youth teams and then got his first real chances in the French League his third year there, before grabbing his opportunity in the 2008-09 campaign.
Averaging 10.0 points as he was turning 21 years of age in the French League, now suddenly all eyes were on him. After one full professional season, he was already drafted and in the NBA.
"Today I see how that was insane, it was pretty crazy", he said. "I left Guadalupe at 17, my fourth year with Cholet was my first full professional season. I played, and boom, I got drafted. I was happy, obviously extremely happy, but shocked. I was shocked and surprised that everything went so fast."
Beaubois's four-year NBA career with Dallas was plagued by injuries.
"Clearly, my body wasn't ready", Beaubois said his jump to the NBA, only four years removed from playing in Guadeloupe. "I had a lot of unlucky injuries, but the experience was good."
There were many positives. He showcased a scoring ability that earned him the nickname "Roddy Buckets". He helped the team win the title in 2011 and gained experience – on and off the court – that helped him become a better player. Beaubois sounded like he would not change that experience for anything.
"I was in Dallas with a lot of great guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. It was amazing to be part of winning the title in 2011, and see players that that had such big careers like Dirk, Kidd or Shawn Marion, get together and make sacrifices to find a way to win the championship. And it was great to be part of it."
"When you get so close to a title, the only thing left - is to win it."
Beaubois returned to Europe in 2014 and made his EuroLeague debut in the 2015-16 season with Strasbourg, which he helped reach the 2016 EuroCup Finals. After two seasons with Baskonia, Beaubois joined Efes in 2018.
As a cornerstone piece, Beaubois has used his title-winning experiences to help the club turn into a powerhouse and the EuroLeague contender that it is today. And Beaubois, just like the entire Efes organization, embraced the challenges and high expectations that followed the team after reaching the 2019 EuroLeague championship game.
"People know who we are. It's extremely hard, but we want more. When you get so close to a title, the only thing left - is to win it."