Anthony Davis did not alter many shots against the Knicks on Sunday. He rebounded the ball mostly when it came near him and scored 13 points on 13 shots, with eight rebounds and a block. His well-known unibrow — a furry caterpillar lounging above his eyes, a valley nestled between two grassy hills — was more conspicuous than his play.
But New Orleans Hornets fans can probably recall every time Davis touched the ball. They adore him, and so do his teammates. They say that he is the first player at the gym, that he listens and learns, that he doesn’t carry himself like the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s N.B.A. draft.
“I don’t think he’s overmatched, I think he’s 19,” Davis’s coach, Monty Williams, said before the Hornets lost to the Knicks, 100-87.