Workout tour begins in Los Angeles

Updated: May 11, 2010, 4:19 PM ET
By Chad Ford

LOS ANGELES -- Every year, the top prospects in the NBA draft leave behind the comforts of college and head out to workout sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Florida, looking for an edge that might put them in a better draft position.

Some hire basketball coaches. Others hire personal trainers. A few hire former Navy Seals. The techniques may differ from gym to gym, but the goal is the same -- to fulfill a life-long dream of playing in the NBA.

For the last decade I've taken a pre-draft tour to the top sites. I've seen the likes of Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden, Blake Griffin and a host of other, lesser-known prospects prepare for the NBA draft. This year is no different. Over the course of the next week I'll be traveling throughout the U.S. checking in on the pre-draft workouts of various prospects.

This year, the focus is going to be on a number of intriguing sleepers whose draft stock is all over the place, depending on which team you talk to. We end the trip at the Chicago pre-draft combine, where the 60 top prospects in the draft compete in a number of skill and physical challenges in front of every GM in the league.

I started the tour in Los Angeles this year. Here are the guys I got to see: