Phil Chenier

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Phil Chenier
Phil Chenier.jpg
Chenier in 2011
Personal information
Born (1950-10-30) October 30, 1950 (age 67)
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
Playing career 1971–1981
Position Shooting 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, a guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ten seasons. He was also a television sports broadcaster for the NBA's Washington Wizards.

Early years

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Chenier graduated from Berkeley High School and played college basketball at the University of California in Berkeley.

NBA playing career

Chenier was selected fourth in the 1971 NBA Hardship Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, and played for them for eight seasons, from 1971 to 1979. The franchise moved from Baltimore to Washington in 1973, after his second season.

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 went 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, and played briefly for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors and retired 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.

In 2017, the Wizards announced that they would retire Chenier's number 45 jersey.[1] On March 23, 2018, Chenier's jersey was retired.[2]

Broadcasting career

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. He was the color analyst for the Washington Bullets and Washington Wizards games on television from 1987 to 2017, with a final pairing for NBC Sports 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 Northwood High School's varsity basketball team. He also teaches financial literacy there.[3]


  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan (September 14, 2017). "Wizards will retire Phil Chenier's jersey". Washington Post. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Buckner, Candace (March 23, 2018). "Phil Chenier 'humbled to the deepest' as Bullets jersey finds home in rafters". Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ High school coach Phil Chenier, Jr. reference on Washington Wizards website

External links

  • Phil Chenier stats at Basketball
  • Phil Chenier stats at Database
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