Milwaukee Bucks’ Opposition Intel: Washington Wizards Q&A With Ben Mehic

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Oct 17, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) watches game action during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Knicks 97-93. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Adam McGee: After a trip to the second round of the playoffs last season, what’s the goal for the Wizards this season?

Ben Mehic: If the team can manage to stay healthy, it’s Eastern Conference Finals or bust for the Washington Wizards this season.

John Wall is in his sixth season in the league and he’s becoming a darkhorse contender for the MVP award. Bradley Beal is in his fourth season and is looking to finally break out as an All-Star. Otto Porter is thriving along side the starters and Marcin Gortat has benefited greatly from the offense change. Now, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and improving. It sounds cliche, but the Wizards have all the tools to compete for that Eastern Conference crown. Besides the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are obviously better on paper, the Wizards are right there with everyone else.

As far as I’m concerned, the Wizards have the best player in the East not-named LeBron James. So, why not aim to finally get to the Conference Finals? It’s an obtainable goal — and that’s weird to say, given how bad the team’s been historically.