Last night’s draft was both expected and totally unexpected at the same time. On one hand, the first 3 picks being Rose, Beasley, and Mayo was what just about everyone expected. The rest of the draft field, however, kind of shook things up.

Joe Alexander, one of my favorite prospects, went 8th to the Bucks. I wasn’t expecting him to go anywhere higher than a 12 or 14. Looks like the Bucks realized what a good prospect he was. Another pick that moved up at the last minute was UT’s D.J. Augustin. I think he was a projected 20th pick and he went 9th!

More surprised were revealed when the Spurs went all American and drafted no Euro players. With the 26th pick, the Spurs selected George hill from IUPUI. A surprising move considering there were a slew of players from both Memphis and Kansas left on the board including Joey Dorsey, Mario Chalmers, and Chris Douglas-Roberts (who ended up going 40th in the 2nd round to the Nets).

I’ve got a lot of faith in R.C. and Pop and most of these guys will end up being busts. I just hope our picks are the ones that shine.

There is A LOT of player movement going down as we speak including a deal where Mayo and Love swap teams. Chalmers is going to Miami. Dorsey to Houston. It’s only going to get worse over the next week or so.

One thing is for sure and that is that the West is going to be much more difficult in about 1 or 2 years. I’m preparing myself now for a short streak of getting dominated by teams like the Hornets, Sonics, and Blazers.

To check out the full Draft Board go here. For all the information on the current player movement go here.