NEW YORK, JUNE 27 -- Things went pretty much according to form in tonight's NBA draft, with Syracuse forward Derrick Coleman made the No. 1 pick by the New Jersey Nets, before Seattle and Denver started a run on guards with Gary Payton and Chris Jackson, respectively. But the predictability of this draft doesn't mean the league's 27 teams left the Jacob Javits Center feeling very secure about what transpired.

"There's another way to look at this: I don't think we're finished yet," said Bertram Lee, co-owner of the Denver Nuggets, after tabbing LSU sophomore Jackson. "When you start talking about who's going to play with whom, you really have to wait for the remainder of the summer."

Lee could be correct. Perhaps the greatest anticipation tonight centered around potential trades, with glamour teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, and glamour names, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin McHale and Moses Malone, being bandied.

However, the only trade before the draft had Golden State and Atlanta flip-flopping the 10th and 11th picks. When the selecting began, the Nets, who seemed to entertain offers from the entire free world in the last week, indeed selected Coleman. "You could hear the hearts throbbing," he said of the anticipation of who would be No. 1. The Nets "need a couple of players to help them out. Hopefully, I'm one of those."

New Jersey's local rival, the Knicks, grabbed Maryland's Jerrod Mustaf with the 17th pick overall. Tony Massenburg, another Terrapin, went 43rd to San Antonio.

After Coleman, Oregon State's Payton and Jackson, Orlando went for Georgia Tech's Dennis Scott, of Reston, Va., who played at Flint Hill.

Based on talent alone, Coleman was regarded as the consensus top pick, but some NBA executives are leery of supposed flaws in his offcourt behavior.

"I don't have doubts about myself; anyone who's around me knows what kind of person I am," Coleman said. "That kind of talk really bothers me a lot. It's just stuff being printed by people who don't know anything about what they're saying."

Seattle followed New Jersey by taking Payton, a rugged defender thought to be the best point guard available. Not since Detroit took Isiah Thomas second in 1981 has a guard been taken so high.

"I wanted to stay on the West Coast and help Seattle out," Payton said. "They needed a leader and I think they got one. They have so many premier players who can score. I think I can get them the ball."

Denver's selection of Jackson at No. 3 is somewhat surprising. Despite averaging 30 and 27 points per game in his two college seasons, Jackson, at just over six feet and with questionable passing skills, is thought a risk by some.

That may be especially true in light of the fact that one of the Nuggets' starting guards last season, Michael Adams, is only 5 feet 10. The other, Fat Lever, was traded to Dallas last week and his backup, Todd Lichti, was seriously injured in an offseason car accident. But after trading Lever to eventually gain the No. 3 pick in a second deal, with Miami, Denver scout Mike Evans said there was no doubt that Jackson was their man.

"We've never had problems playing two small guards together -- that's just double trouble for the other team," said Evans, who was a part of such diminutive back courts during the early '80s. "This was our plan the whole time; we're going to move Michael to the bench and all our reports say Lichti will be fine for the season. We're going to go into the free agent market to build our team around" Jackson.

Then came Scott, fourth overall. "I heard rumors that I would be either the first pick, if not then the fourth. Before they said my name, I was thinking, 'Wait a minute, I hope I don't go past fourth,' " he said. " . . . Now, I'm going to Disney World."

For not selecting Scott with the second pick, Seattle received a pair of second-round choices, in 1993 and '95, from the Magic.

The NBA's other Florida team, the Heat, also was involved in a trade, getting the 12th overall pick, Georgia forward Alec Kessler, from Houston in exchange for guard Dave Jamerson (No. 15) of Ohio University and forward Carl Herrera (No. 30) from the University of Houston.

Following Scott, the Charlotte Hornets tabbed Illinois guard Kendall Gill with the fifth pick. Gill said he had hoped to go to the Los Angeles Clippers, to join former Illini teammate Ken Norman. "Unfortunately, I had to go to Charlotte," Gill said. "At least it's the only show in town."

Four picks later, at No. 9, guard Bo Kimble did go to the Clippers. The nation's leading scorer last season is ecstatic to be staying in Los Angeles, where he went to college at Loyola Marymount.

"There is no one happier right now than I am," he said. "It's a young team, up and coming, and it's a perfect situation for me."

Besides Mustaf, two ACC players were selected in the first round, Alaa Abdelnaby of Duke (Portland, No. 25) and Elden Campbell of Clemson (Lakers, No. 27).

The reaction of the gallery seems to indicate that Mustaf will have to win over some Knicks fans, but the smattering of polite applause was nothing compared with the cascade of boos that accompanied any sightings of Florida center Dwayne Schintzius.

Schintzius, an eccentric sort who sat out most of his senior season after a series of run-ins with the Gators, smugly suggested before the draft that he should be a top five pick. But it took another 19 spots before he was grabbed, San Antonio taking a chance at No. 24.

"It was a scary feeling. I'm just glad I got picked. I'm upset. It was really a downer," Schintzius said about his late selection. "I have no doubt about my attitude or ability. I'm going to make the other teams sorry they didn't pick me."

In a year when most of the players after the top four seem more or less equal, most teams felt they had to at least come away with a contributor. Sacramento took that attitude to an extreme. The Kings entered with four first-round picks and exited with forward Lionel Simmons of La Salle, guard Travis Mays of Texas, center Duane Causwell of Temple and forward Anthony Bonner of St. Louis. They took Bimbo Coles of Virginia Tech in the second round with the 40th pick, then turned around and traded him to the Heat for Rory Sparrow.

Causwell is the only big player in the Kings' bunch, which parallels the thinking of most teams. Eight of the top 10 picks are perimeter players; of the 27 first-round choices, 16 are guards or small forwards.

There were some disappointments for players who expected to go earlier: Coles; Marcus Liberty of Illinois, to Denver at No. 42; and Sean Higgins of Michigan, to San Antonio at No. 54, the last pick of the two-round draft.

-------------------- FIRST ROUND -----------------------

No.....Team..........Player..............Pos...Hgt....School

1......New Jersey....Derrick Coleman.....F.....6-10...Syracuse

2......Seattle.......Gary Payton.........G.....6-4....Oregon State

3......Denver........Chris Jackson.......G.....6-1....Louisiana State

4......Orlando.......Dennis Scott........F-G...6-8....Georgia Tech

5......Charlotte.....Kendall Gill........G.....6-5....Illinois

6......Minnesota.....Felton Spencer......C.....7-0....Louisville

7......Sacramento....Lionel Simmons......F.....6-7....La Salle

8......L.A. Clippers.Bo Kimble...........G.....6-4....Loyola Marymount

9......Miami.........Willie Burton.......F.....6-6....Minnesota

10.....Atlanta.......Rumeal Robinson.....G.....6-2....Michigan

11.....Golden State..Tyrone Hill.........F.....6-10...Xavier

12.....Houston.......Alec Kessler*.......F.....6-11...Georgia

13.....L.A. Clippers.Loy Vaught..........F.....6-9....Michigan

14.....Sacramento....Travis Mays.........G.....6-2....Texas

15.....Miami.........Dave Jamerson**.....G.....6-5....Ohio

16.....Milwaukee.....Terry Mills.........F.....6-10...Michigan

17.....New York......Jerrod Mustaf.......F.....6-10...Maryland

18.....Sacramento....Duane Causwell......C.....7-0....Temple

19.....Boston........Dee Brown...........G.....6-2....Jacksonville

20.....Minnesota.....Gerald Glass........F.....6-5....Mississippi

21.....Phoenix.......Jayson Williams.....F.....6-8....St. John's

22.....New Jersey....Tate George.........G.....6-5....Connecticut

23.....Sacramento....Anthony Bonner......F.....6-7....St. Louis

24.....San Antonio...Dwayne Schintzius...C.....7-1....Florida

25.....Portland......Alaa Abdelnaby......F.....6-10...Duke

26.....Detroit.......Lance Blanks........G.....6-4....Texas

27.....L.A. Lakers...Elden Campbell......F.....6-11...Clemson

*-Traded to Miami; **-Traded to Houston.

SECOND ROUND

No..Team..........Player................Pos..Hgt...School

28..Golden State..Les Jepsen............C....7-0...Iowa

29..Chicago.......Toni Kukoc............F....6-9...Jugoplastika

30..Miami.........Carl Herrera**........F....6-9...Houston

31..Phoenix.......Negele Knight.........G....6-1...Dayton

32..Philadelphia..Brian Oliver..........G....6-4...Georgia Tech

33..Utah..........Walter Palmer.........C....7-1...Dartmouth

34..Golden State..Kevin Pritchard.......G....6-3...Kansas

35..Washington....Greg Foster...........C....6-11..Texas-El Paso

36..Atlanta.......Trevor Wilson.........F....6-8...UCLA

37..Washington....A.J. English..........G....6-3...Virginia Union

38..Seattle.......Jud Buechler#.........F....6-7...Arizona

39..Charlotte.....Steve Scheffler.......F....6-9...Purdue

40..Sacramento....Bimbo Coles*..........G....6-2...Virginia Tech

41..Atlanta.......Stephen Bardo.........G....6-5...Illinois

42..Denver........Marcus Liberty........F....6-8...Illinois

43..San Antonio...Tony Massenburg.......F....6-9...Maryland

44..Milwaukee.....Steve Henson..........G....6-0...Kansas State

45..Indiana.......Antonio Davis.........F....6-10..Texas-El Paso

46..Indiana.......Kenny Williams........F....6-9...Elizabeth City St.

47..Philadelphia..Derek Strong..........F....6-7...Xavier

48..Phoenix.......Cedric Ceballos.......F....6-7...Fullerton State

49..Dallas........Phil Henderson........G....6-4...Duke

50..Phoenix.......Milos Babic ..........C....7-0...Tennessee Tech

51..L.A. Lakers...Tony Smith............G....6-3...Marquette

52..Cleveland.....Stefano Rusconi ......C....6-10..Ranger Varese, Italy

53..Seattle.......Abdul Shamsid-Deen....F....6-11..Providence

54..San Antonio...Sean Higgins..........F....6-9...Michigan

*-Traded to Miami; **-Traded to Houston; #Traded to New Jersey;

-Traded to Cleveland.

-Traded to Phoenix.

Team....................First round...........Second round

Washington..............None..................Greg Foster

........................A.J. English

Atlanta.................Rumeal Robinson.......Trevor Wilson

........................Stephen Bardo

Boston..................Dee Brown.............None

Charlotte...............Kendall Gill..........Steve Scheffler

Chicago.................None..................Toni Kukoc

Cleveland...............None..................Stefano Rusconi

Dallas..................None..................Phil Henderson

Denver..................Chris Jackson.........Marcus Liberty

Detroit.................Lance Blanks..........None

Golden State............Tyrone Hill...........Les Jepsen

..............................................Kevin Pritchard

Indiana.................None..................Antonio Davis

..............................................Kenny Williams

L.A. Clippers...........Bo Kimble.............None

........................Loy Vaught

Miami...................Willie Burton.........Carl Herrera

........................Dave Jamerson

Milwaukee...............Terry Mills...........Steve Henson

Minnesota...............Felton Spencer........None

........................Gerald Glass

New Jersey..............Derrick Coleman.......None

........................Tate George

New York................Jerrod Mustaf.........None

Orlando.................Dennis Scott..........None

Philadelphia............None..................Brian Oliver

..............................................Derek Strong

Phoenix.................Jayson Williams.......Negele Knight

..............................................Cedric Ceballos

..............................................Milos Babic

Portland................Alaa Abdelnaby........None

Sacramento..............Lionel Simmons........Bimbo Coles

........................Travis Mays

........................Duane Causwell

........................Anthony Bonner

San Antonio.............Dwayne Schintzius.....Tony Massenburg

..............................................Sean Higgins

Seattle.................Gary Payton...........Jud Buechler

..............................................Abdul Shamisid-Deen

Utah....................None..................Walter Palmer