Most NBA teams don't have much patience with head coaches who fail to make large strides in a certain number of years. Scott Skiles, although holding a fairly successful background, hasn't been able to take Milwaukee beyond mediocre since he started in 2008. Washington has put in too much effort over the offseason to waste its time with the below-par Randy Wittman. These are exactly the types of situations assistant coaches wait for.
From guys with head coaching in their bloodlines to assistant coaches who have years of experience under their belts, here are five talented individuals that could find themselves with head coaching opportunities before the 2012-13 season comes to an end.