You know how they say cream always rises to the top? Anthony Davis has always been so good that no matter how his New Orleans Pelicans are faring, he stays at the top.
The Brow is a prodigy the likes of which come around once in a blue moon. He is a forward with the power of a seven-footer and the athleticism of a guard, and in a world where most players enjoy one or the other, the three-time All-Star is thriving.
Unbelievably, Davis has registered 148 points through four games and yet, the Pelicans have a record of 0-4. No player in history has scored that many points and gone winless in their opening four fixtures.
Although expectations for the Pelicans aren't exactly sky-high, Davis is a winner. The three-time All-Star is more than keeping up his end of the bargain and continuing to fall short is starting to weigh him down.
"Definitely frustrating," Davis said after Tuesday's 117-113 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks. "We can't get a win. It's frustrating."
The Pelicans were plagued with injuries last season as their early season hopes faded to an eventual 30-52 record. Davis missed a career-high 21 games, including the final 14 of the campaign to undergo a procedure on his left knee and to rest a lingering shoulder injury. The Pelicans would lose nine of those last 14 games.
"I'm not worried about last year," Davis said. "I'm focused on this year, trying to get a win. But it's frustrating. Whatever we need to do, we need to do it fast."
Can Davis realise his potential with the Pelicans? One would think that the former Kentucky product would start to question his situation if New Orleans continues to underwhelm, but he only signed a five-year, $127,171,313 deal last year.
That ties him up until free agency in 2021, by which time he will be 28. Some might say that would be the prime time for Davis to make a move.
Davis began the season with a 50-point, 16-rebound, seven-steal (career high), five-assist, four-block performance against the Denver Nuggets, but the Pelicans still fell to a 107-102 loss.
A loss to Western Conference powerhouses the Golden State Warriors and a blowout defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs followed before the Bucks defeat and coach Alvin Gentry knows he needs to figure out the root of their problems and fast.
"I'm frustrated, but I've got to find a solution," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "I can't be frustrated to the point of where I throw up my hands and not anything's going on. It's my job. That's why they hired me here.
"I've got to find a solution to our problems. I've got to find a solution to why we're turning the ball over. I've got to find a solution as to why we can't go into the game with a defensive plan and stick to it. It's very frustrating, yeah. But there have got to be solutions."
It would appear that the Pelicans' fortunes are not holding Davis back if his current averages of 37 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks are anything to go by. But, how long until his hunger for success supersedes his statistics?