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Allan Bristow (born August 23, 1951 in Richmond, Virginia) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks along with center Wayne Cooper in a trade with the Utah Jazz, in exchange for forward Bill Robinzine on August 20, 1981.
Bristow was All-State in basketball at Henrico High School in Richmond. He elected to attend Virginia Tech and led the Hokies to the NIT Tournament championship in 1973, with a 92-91 overtime victory against Notre Dame in the championship game, finishing second in tournament MVP balloting. At the time Virginia Tech was an independent, thus the lack of any conference honors.
At Virginia Tech, Bristow scored in double figures in every game of his college career. He graduated as the Hokies' all-time leading scorer with 1,804 points which still ranks fifth on their career scoring list.
In addition, he has the single-game scoring mark with 52 points in a game and still holds the Tech record for career scoring average, most points in a game, most field goals in a game and consecutive double-figure scoring games. Bristow is also fourth all-time in rebounds with 987.
Bristow was drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1973 NBA Draft. Two years later he was waived by the 76ers and signed by San Antonio of the ABA.
He played four seasons with the Spurs enjoying his best season in 1976-1977 when he averaged 11.4 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game and helping lead San Antonio to the playoffs three of his four seasons there. His first season with the Spurs was when the franchise was still in the ABA. Bristow became the first ex-ABA player to wear a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
Before joining the Mavs, he played two seasons in Utah appearing in all 82 games both years with the Jazz. In 1980-1981, Bristow finished tenth in the NBA in assist percentage at 27.0. During the summer of 1981 he was traded to Dallas.
While with the Mavericks, Bristow 4.9 points per game over two seasons and provided veteran leadership to one of the youngest teams in the league at the time.
Bristow brought an aggressive style of play and a tenacious floor game to the Mavericks, who also benefited from his veteran leadership. At the time, he was one of only three Maverick players who had playoff experience (along with Tom LaGarde and Jim Spanarkel).
After retiring as a player in 1983, Bristow went on to various jobs in the league before being named the third head coach the Charlotte Hornets' franchise. In five seasons, he led Charlotte to the playoffs twice and a 50-win season in 1994-1995. His career also included two stints as a General Manager; in Denver in 1997-1998 and New Orleans in 2004-2005.
He was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. The Hokies also made him only the fourth basketball player to have his number retired. Bristow received this honor in 1998 which was the 25th anniversary of the team's NIT Tournament victory.
In 2013, he was ranked #3 on Virginia Tech's list of all-time 10 greatest basketball players.