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Who are the best point guards in the East? What deal saved a team going nowhere? Who's the East's sleeper? See what advance scouts are saying, Marc Stein writes.

Who are the best point guards in the East? What deal saved a team going nowhere? Who's the East's sleeper? See what advance scouts are saying, Marc Stein writes.

Originally Published: December 6, 2008
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Roughly one-fourth of the regular season is already finished. With teams having played anywhere between 16 and 21 games through Friday, it's an ideal time to survey the NBA's true road warriors -- advance scouts -- for some snapshots of what they've seen on their travels. We surveyed five scouts, each of whom makes his living as a courtside spectator at three to four games per week, to examine some of the league's key developments thus far. Here's what they had to say, speaking on condition of anonymity, about the first quarter of the season:

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