Hornets' foundation starts with Davis

Updated: May 31, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By David Thorpe

Contrary to what most would believe, it is Anthony Davis who should be thankful the New Orleans Hornets won the No. 1 pick in Wednesday night's NBA lottery drawing, and not another team.

Of all the teams that had a realistic shot at getting the No. 1 pick -- and Davis -- the Hornets are built to maximize his strengths best for at least the next few seasons. That is because Hornets coach Monty Williams has a terrific defensive mind, and he is attuned to his players and getting them to defend with pride, passion and toughness on every possession. Initially, the game is going to be way too fast for Davis. However, with the coaching he'll receive, and the example his teammates will set in the form of doing their jobs on defense every night, Davis already has a huge leg up to be rookie of the year.