Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson at a time when the team is negotiating a contract extension for Klay Thompson said he expects the guard will ultimately receive a maximum-salary contract.

"He's a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it's not even close," the ESPN analyst said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

"He's got to get (the max contract)."

Jackson was fired in May after leading the Warriors to back-to-back playoff appearances and overseeing the rise of Thompson and backcourt mate Stephen Curry.

Jackson said the Warriors' backcourt duo is among a number that can claim to be the best, adding about Curry and Thompson, "I would be biased to say that they are."

Jackson didn't address a question about where the Warriors fit in with the rest of the NBA's contenders, but reminisced about his former team Tuesday in an interview with Los Angeles-based Christian talk radio station KKLA.