Wizards center Marcin Gortat sat down with CSN's Chris Miller prior to Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks.
When Miller asked Gortat if he considers Washington's starting lineup the best in the Eastern Conference, the Polish Hammer agreed wholeheartedly.
"I would say yes. I do truly believe that we have the best starting five in this conference. And if everybody's healthy, everybody plays 100 percent max effort, then we definitely have the best starting lineup."
There are a number of other teams in the East that would undoubtedly dispute that assertion, starting with the reigning champs in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers starting lineup includes LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Three are All-Stars.
There's also the Raptors, who start Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMare Carroll, Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson. Two are All-Stars.
The Wizards only have one All-Star selection in John Wall, but their 11-4 record in 2017 is tops in the East. There's no arguing that.
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Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.
In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.
Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor.
He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team.
The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action.
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Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again.
Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics.
This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.
She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.
In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal.
Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.
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