Last week was the NBA Draft, and like every draft, this year's included the usual beg, borrow and dealing to try to move up in picks or try to trade down and grab a superstar pick.
The Boston Celtics also did a lot of dealing and it turned out to be a phenomenal season for the guys in green, resulting in a well-deserved NBA championship.
Of the 60 picks, 27 of them were traded to other teams thanks to deals made in the past and during the draft.
Who came up looking like flowers with these deals? That bouquet goes to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Not only did they have a major improvement last season, their No. 1 pick from last year, Greg Oden, is expected to come back healthy after a season-ending knee injury forced him to miss his rookie season.
With him, along with the addition of Arizona's Jerryd Bayless, France's prospect Nicolas Batum and the hero of this year's NCAA championship, Kansas' Mario Chalmers, the Blazers look to improve some more this year.
The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Seattle Supersonics and Memphis Grizzlies were blessed with grabbing the first five picks.
The Bulls could not lose with any pick, because they need all the help they can get. A once-promising young team with great talent, Chicago fell like a brick from the Sears Tower. Their former coach Scott Skiles got the boot and the talent left as well.
University of Memphis point guard Derrick Rose got some love as this year's No. 1 overall pick. Rose had it all in his freshman year. He could score, pass and even rebound with his 6-foot-3-inch frame.
He was a lot of fun to watch as his team made it all the way to the NCAA championship.
Rose is a solid addition to a struggling Bulls backcourt that is in need of some improvement.
The Miami Heat were the NBA champions two years ago. Two years later, theybecame a massive train wreck.
After getting rid of Shaquille O' Neal to the Phoenix Suns, a big man could have been useful for the Heat.
Although Michael Beasley from Kansas State was such a hot pick, there was speculation about whether they should get him, since they already have Shawn Marion.
I think a better choice would have been 7-foot center Brook Lopez of Stanford, but they went with Beasley anyway.
The 6-foot-8 small forward killed it last year with K-State, having a freshman season that trumped Kevin Durant's the year before, scoring an average of 26.2 points and averaging 12.4 rebounds a game. Plus, Beasley has a 3-point shot.
It'll be interesting to see how he will fit into the mold for the Heat, but I'm sure the Heat will make the right adjustments.
Although he is having some off-the-court trouble allegedly getting money from an agent while in college, freshman point guard O.J. Mayo out of USC was still picked No. 3 from the Timberwolves. Mayo was then traded down to No. 5 to get UCLA center Kevin Love.
Also a freshman, Love showed a lot of love in his freshman season, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds a game.
At 6-foot-10, Love is a little small for an NBA center and he doesn't have an explosive game up front. Minnesota is going to see if giving Mayo to the Memphis Grizzlies was a blessing or a curse.
Another questionable pick in the draft at No. 4 is UCLA guard Russell Westbrook.
Seattle needed a superstar point guard and apparently they might have been
afraid to choose the more exciting D.J. Augustin from Texas because of his 5-foot, 11-inch frame.
That little point guard averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists a game. Westbrook only averaged 12.7 points and 4.3 assists a game.
Westbrook did have a good sophomore year, but will it translate into a promising NBA career?
Westbrook's pick from Seattle, to me, is the most questionable pick in the top 5 of this year's draft. It'll be interesting to see how this works out for the Sonics.
Now, we get to Mayo.
He's going to Memphis to help out Mike Conley Jr. in the backcourt. Mayo has all the tools to make noise in this organization that is in some need of help after hearing screams from fans losing their minds after the Grizzlies got rid of center Pau Gasol.
The Bulls seem to be the only team headed in the right direction with their pick in Rose. Like I wrote earlier, any pick would be of good use for Chicago. If it were up to me, here's how I would have organized the top 5.
Chicago would pick Beasley. I think guards Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon stillshow great potential in their backcourt.
Miami should have gone with Lopez. They need a big man that shows promise, and they are missing that with the centers they have. By the way, Lopez did get picked 10th by the New Jersey Nets, who were also in need of a good center.
Minnesota should have stuck with Mayo. Al Jefferson can already score upfront, they just need somebody to help from the back.
Seattle should have gone with Rose. He is a very exciting player to watch atpoint guard, but when you don't have the No. 1 pick, those are the breaks.
Memphis could have been the right place for West Virginia's Joe Alexander.
The guy became a must have when he was working out with other teams.
Alexander can score, get the rebound and block. He could have really helpedthe Grizzlies, but he will help the Milwaukee Bucks instead.
I like a draft filled with the unpredictable, and I got it. Here's to hopingthat these newcomers are in it for the long haul.
Juan Carlos Reyes is a sports reporter for the Record Star. Readers may contact him at 361-387-4511 or via email at email@example.com.