The Golden State Warriors are a very good team, but given all the talent on the roster, it's fair to say that head coach Mark Jackson hasn't quite tapped the team's full potential yet.
With that in mind, it makes sense that Jackson may be on the hot seat if this loaded roster fails to have any substantial playoff success. Jackson and the Warriors set the bar last year by reaching the second round in the playoffs, and a failure to do that once again could be bad news for Jackson's future.
Here's San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami with more:
'That's not my call,' Jackson said when I asked him if a first-round loss this season should be considered a step backward.
Jackson then pointed to the depth of the Western Conference and said that there will be many good teams with good coaches who won't make it past the first round this year.
Meanwhile, team sources salute the locker-room attitude, but they point to some problems with Jackson's game management.
While it seems unlikely that the Warriors would look for an upgrade barring a massive collapse, there will be potential upgrades out there who should be able to get more out of an offense that's ranked just 12th in efficiency this year, per Basketball-Reference.com.
Excluding candidates who are unlikely to return (Jeff and Stan Van Gundy), retired (Jerry Sloan) or working elsewhere (Larry Brown, Phil Jackson), here are five coaches who could be a better fit with the Golden State Warriors than Mark Jackson.