NBA Rumors: Kelvin Sampson Would Be Great Fit for Bucks

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2013

Kelvin Sampson is the right man for the job in Milwaukee.
Kelvin Sampson is the right man for the job in Milwaukee.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks need Kelvin Sampson as their next head coach.

The Bucks are currently 19-17 and in the No. 7 position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

With Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks have a pair of players who could make some noise in the playoffs. They just need the right coach to harness that energy.

That coach is Sampson, who can get Jennings and Ellis to think team-first.


Track Record

Sampson doesn't have much of a track record in the NBA. The one chance he's gotten to be a head coach was this year with the Houston Rockets when head coach Kevin McHale took a leave of absence from the team.

The Rockets only went 7-6 under his direction, but their play significantly improved and things have been clicking ever since. 

When it comes to the college game, Sampson has a great track record, unless you bring up the recruiting controversies.

Outside of that, Sampson went 322-24 in 14 years at Oklahoma and Indiana. In that time he never had a losing season and made the Final Four in 2002.

While college coaching is a lot different from the NBA, Sampson has the track record of winning games. That could spell success as an NBA head coach.


A Different Voice

Ellis and Jennings aren't exactly typical point guards in the NBA, as they have more of a shoot-first mentality.

Former Bucks' coach Scott Skiles struggled with that in his coaching philosophy, as he seemed to prefer a distributor more at point guard.

For Sampson, he would bring in a different voice. It would be a voice that does not have NBA experience, but is open to building around the players he has.

Jennings and Ellis are the only true scorers on the Bucks roster and Sampson can easily build an offense around those two.


New Blood

Mike Dunleavy Sr. has also been rumored to be a candidate for the job, but he's already had his chance in Milwaukee with little success.

Although it was in the early 1990s when he was the head coach, Dunleavy never had a winning record. His four years (107-221) in Milwaukee were the worst four-year stretch in team history.

Plus, figure that his son Mike Jr. is on the team and what kind of dimension that would bring to the team.

Sampson has paid his dues as an assistant coach and can bring a lot to the table.

If the Bucks are ever going to get anywhere, they're going to have to take chances.

Selecting someone like Dunleavy isn't taking a chance and will keep the Buck forever in the position of just making it or missing the playoffs.

Sampson gives them a chance to do something more.