AUBURN HILLS, Michigan, USA -- Standout Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond is expected to miss four to six weeks and the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All-Star Weekend later this month because of a stress fracture in his back.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York of Jamaican parents, the 6-foot-11 Drummond is averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, but now his promising season is on hold.
"He should get better. He'll heal. He should have no residual," team physician Ben Paolucci said. "He's not going to have anything lasting."
The Pistons discovered the fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra after Drummond was examined Thursday. He played only 8 minutes against New York on Monday and 5 against Brooklyn two nights later.
Drummond does not need surgery, and team doctors anticipate a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation.
Drummond was taken with the ninth pick in last year's NBA draft out of Connecticut. He has eight double-doubles and 84 blocked shots.