Phil Chenier

Philip Chenier (born October 30, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player. He is now a television sports broadcaster for the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

After playing for Berkeley High School and the University of California at Berkeley, Chenier, who was selected fourth in the 1971 NBA Hardship Draft by the then Baltimore Bullets, would play professionally for the Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979.

Chenier was one of the better shooting guards in the NBA for the first six seasons in his career, but he suffered a back injury early in the 1977-78 season and had season-ending surgery. The Bullets would go on to win the NBA title with Kevin Grevey as the shooting guard. Chenier was never the same player after that; he came back from his surgery late the next season, but never could crack the Bullets’ starting lineup again.

Chenier was released by the Bullets after the 1978-79 season, he would later play briefly for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors before finally retiring after the 1980-81 season.

Chenier, who was a 1972 NBA All-Rookie Team selection, averaged 17.2 points per game for his career, and was named to three NBA All-Star teams.


Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1978)
3× NBA All-Star (1974–1975, 1977)
All-NBA Second Team (1975)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1972)
First-team All-Pac-8 (1971)