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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (5) Phil Chenier vs. (12) Antawn Jamison

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (5) Phil Chenier vs. (12) Antawn Jamison

CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.

Here is today's matchup...


Phil Chenier

Years with franchise: 9
Stats: 17.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, 44.6 FG%
Accolades: 3-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Rookie

Summary: Washington fans know this man very well as the color commentator for Bullets and Wizards games with a career that spanned four decades. But before those days, he was a very good shooting guard for the Bullets, playing nine of his 10 NBA seasons in Washington. Chenier was a prolific scorer, averaging 20.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting across five seasons from 1972 through 1977. In his prime he was also a solid rebounder for a 6-foot-3 guard, as he averaged 5.1 rebounds in the 1973-74 campaign.

Drafted by Washington in 1971, Chenier's Bullets never missed the playoffs during his tenure. They made the NBA Finals three times and won the 1978 championship. After his playing days, he joined the broadcasting ranks in the 1980s and became Washington's color analyst in 1987. Since then, he has endeared himself to generations of D.C. sports fans, most recently with his good friend Steve Buckhantz calling play-by-play.


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Antawn Jamison

Years with franchise: 6
Stats: 20.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.3 bpg, 44.7 FG%, 35.9 3PT%
Accolades: 2-time All-Star

Summary: The Wizards pulled off a draft-night trade in 2004 to acquire Jamison, one of the NBA's best power forwards at the time. They shipped Devin Harris, the fifth overall pick, along with Christian Laettner and Jerry Stackhouse to the Mavs. In came Jamison, who immediately clicked with star point guard Gilbert Arenas. Jamison was an All-Star in his first season in Washington as a double-double machine and stretch-4 before every team wanted one.

The Wizards made the playoffs in each of Jamison's first four seasons in D.C. That run started in 2005 and came after the team had made just one postseason since 1988. He twice made the All-Star team during that stretch. Jamison was ultimately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 as part of a three-team deal to link him up with LeBron James. It was one of the first big steps in the Wizards' rebuild that got them where they are today.



Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (1) Unseld vs. (16) Howard

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Hayes vs. (15) Butler

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (3) Wall vs. (14) Strickland

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (4) Bellamy vs. (13) Webber

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

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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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

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.