More importantly, Daryl Morey uses the Vipers as a medium to let his notorious, statistical strategies loose in their purest form.
The Vipers employ an offensive system that almost exclusively utilizes three-point shots and layups. With only 8% of their shots coming from midrange, the Vipers reflect the exact sabermetric principles that Morey has tried to incorporate in Houston. With a historically fast pace and an offense that encourages (to say the least) three-point attempts, the Vipers have enjoyed a sustained run of deep playoff success. The winning in the Rio Grande Valley has made it easier to bring these principles to the NBA and has helped forge the efficient offense that has helped define the Rockets league-best record in 2014.
While achieving the same extreme level of play is virtually impossible in the NBA, the Rockets still lead the league in three-point attempts per game with 26 (compared to the Vipers’ 45) suggesting the D-League has caused a ripple that has made its way to the NBA.