Phil Chenier

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Phil Chenier
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Personal information
Born (1950-10-30) October 30, 1950 (age 64)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
College California (1969–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: Hardship / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Pro career 1971–1981
Position Point guard
Number 45, 30, 15
Career history
19711979 Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets
1979–1980 Indiana Pacers
1981 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 9,931 (17.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,063 (3.6 rpg)
Assists 1,742 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

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.

NBA playing career[edit]

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.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Chenier, who got his start in television sports broadcasting with Home Team Sports back in 1985, has announced black college games alongside broadcasters Charlie Neil and James Brown for Black Entertainment Television, and Washington Bullets and Washington Wizards games on television since 1987, presently working for CSN Washington alongside play-by-play commentator, Steve Buckhantz.


Chenier resides in Columbia, Maryland with his family and his mother. He has two daughters, a son and grandchildren. His son, Phil Jr., followed his father into basketball, and is a coach for Wilde Lake High School's varsity basketball team.[1]


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