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Pistons rookie Andre Drummond out at least a month due to back injury

Feb 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his back, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

A report from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News has the injury as a fractured tailbone, but either way, it will require rest rather than surgery to heal before Drummond is available to return to action.

Drummond was the ninth overall pick in the most recent NBA draft, and had improved in recent weeks. He’s averaged 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game in Detroit this season.

Drummond was selected to participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge over All-Star weekend, the game featuring rosters comprised of the league’s top rookies and sophomores. He was drafted by Shaquille O’Neal to be a member of Team Shaq, but will now be forced to sit out of the weekend’s festivities.

  1. qpoiu1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    He is the Reincarnation of Ben Wallace…sad about this injury

  2. weaselpuppy - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    He has a lot to learn about playing man on man D like Ben did, and he’s a lot more offensively talented at this stage, but yeah, he’s a scary scary cat, He’s 7′ 294#, mobile, with hops and has fantastic hands receiving the ball down low, not a bad passer either….he’s maybe not a 20 point scorer when he gets to his peak at say age 27, EIGHT years from now, but he’s a lock for 16-12-3-1.5-3 in the near future with a normal 34-36 minute workload…

  3. philliesblow - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    This sucks out loud.

  4. stoudemelo - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Real question is who is replacing him in the rising stars challenge?

    • saint1997 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      shumpert? i think it should be but they may choose another big

  5. stairwayto7 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    who?

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