The following is the order of selection and team needs for the first round of the NBA draft, to be held today in New York.

1. New York The Knicks' biggest need may be at guard, but they'll settle for Patrick Ewing.

2. Indiana The Pacers need help at center, but probably will take Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale over Creighton's Benoit Benjamin.

3. Los Angeles Clippers Other areas need improvement before center but team won't risk missing out on Benjamin.

4. Seattle Could use help at guard, probably will take a small forward, Xavier McDaniel of Wichita State or Detlef Schrempf of Washington.

5. Atlanta Looking for a center, probably Jon Koncak of Southern Methodist.

6. Sacramento Also looking for a center, perhaps Joe Kleine of Arkansas.

7. Golden State Must re-sign Joe Barry Carroll, then can afford to take guard, maybe Chris Mullin of St. John's.

8. Dallas In position to take a center with first of three first-round picks. May settle for Blair Rasmussen of Oregon or Nick Vanos of Santa Clara if unable to trade up higher.

9. Cleveland Down on Melvin Turpin, but there's nothing better in the pivot at this pick. Will probably take the small forward Seattle leaves alone.

10. Phoenix Looking for a player to replace Maurice Lucas. Team is high on Ed Pinckney of Villanova.

11. Chicago Another team in search of a center. May risk high pick on Bill Wennington of St. John's or Uwe Blab of Indiana.

12. Washington Interested in moving from beef to ballet. Wants best athlete available, perhaps Keith Lee of Memphis State. Then again, Charles Oakley of Virginia Union may be too big -- and too good -- to pass up.

13. Utah Assuming guard Darrell Griffith re-signs, needs are a backup center as well as a small forward. Vanos and Blab are possibilities.

14. San Antonio Team is aging rapidly, with George Gervin, Mike Mitchell and Artis Gilmore. Probably will take the biggest name available, perhaps Lee or Karl Malone of Louisiana Tech.

15. Denver Still looking for rebounding despite successes of past season. Lorenzo Charles of North Carolina State or Terry Catledge of South Alabama available.

16-17. Dallas Can afford to take best athlete available with these two picks. A scoring guard to back up Rolando Blackman would be nice. Alfredrick Hughes of Chicago Loyola or Steve Harris of Tulsa available.

18. Detroit Probably will take a power forward to eventually replace Dan Roundfield and Kent Benson. Charles or Catledge.

19. Houston Wants a point guard or shooting guard. Sam Vincent of Michigan State a real possibility, as is Joe Dumars of McNeese State.

20. Boston Looking for a backup center. Celtics will take any of the above big men still available.

21. Philadelphia Wants help at the forward position, someone to help with the rebounding. May surprise with Kenny Green of Wake Forest.

22. Milwaukee May take a forward, small or big. Green a possible choice, as are A.C. Green of Oregon State and Greg Stokes of Iowa.

23. Los Angeles Lakers Athletic ability a must for Showtime. Bill Martin of Georgetown, Tyrone Corbin of De Paul and Dwayne McClain of Villanova all potential picks.

24. Portland Rebounding forward a definite consideration. Perhaps A.C. Green.