The NBA could have held its draft in April and not much would have changed.

The Big Four in the spring — Larry Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Billy Owens and Dikembe Mutombo — was still the Big Four Wednesday night. The projected second tier of four players — Steve Smith, Doug Smith, Luc Longley and Stacey Augmon — went 5-6-7-9, with only Mark Macon sneaking up a few spots to break the pattern.

The four centers projected as the best in the first round — Mutombo, Longley, Rich King and Stanley Roberts — went exactly in that order.