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...
No. 5 PHIL CHENIER vs. No. 12 ANTAWN JAMISON
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.
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.