There is an unlikely quiet to Anthony Davis. Perhaps it is a result of his humble genesis story -- only three years ago he was still a lightly recruited guard from Chicago -- or just his natural tone. He speaks in hushed tones, barely audible from several feet away, and seems to demure from spotlight.

On the court he is not yet ripe, a burgeoning star going through his rookie season. His long limbs and elasticity -- a 7-foot-5 wingspan to augment his sinewy 6-foot-10 form -- can give him the look of a Mister Fantastic in Creole blue and Mardi Gras gold.

Davis is the unassuming pillar the Hornets are building themselves around. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft who is as famous for his bushy eyebrows as his game. Who, at 19 years old and before playing a minute in the league, had already been an Olympian. Yet, also beats his coach to the gym in the morning to workout.

The Hornets, trudging through a difficult season due to an unwelcome mixture of youth and injuries, have not wavered on Davis nor his future. Instead, they await when he can cast his shadow over the franchise.

"We try to give him everything because he's that kind of player," said Monty Williams, New Orleans' coach. "We just put him in the fire and make sure he understands that some day he's going to lead this team and that's what this is about, so he might as well get used to it. He doesn't back away at all."

Davis has played well in 24 games, averaging 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and nearly two block per night, though he's weathered injuries that have forced him to miss 13 games. The Hornets are just 3-10 on those occasions -- speaking to his import.