I'm an unabashed fan of Rockets GM Daryl Morey. Here's one more reason he's smarter than the rest of the NBA: The Rockets will run their own D-League team. That means they can develop their own players (and coaches) the way they want to, test out stastistics-based theories and play sets -- and test new ways to collect and analyze information. It is a (mostly) true minor-league affiliation, ideal both for the parent club and the D-League. As for players who want to make the NBA, why wouldn't you want your career trajectory to rely on a league (and a team front office) incented to get you to the NBA? (h/t: True Hoop)
PS: It's worth repeating, because it is a phenomenal stat -- 1 in 5 NBA players have played in the D League.