Report: Pistons center Andre Drummond out 4-6 weeks with back fracture
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond will miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his back, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The injury occurred while Drummond attempted to block a shot during a game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
Pistons general manager Joe Dumars told Yahoo! Sports that he is exploring short-term options to replace his backup center. At just 19 years old, Drummond has made a splash during his rookie season, averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game — highlighted by an 18-point, 18-rebound effort on Jan 29 — after falling to the No. 9 pick in June’s draft.
The 6-foot-11, 279-pound Connecticut product is now viewed as a potential franchise big man.
At 18-32, Detroit trails the Milwaukee Bucks by eight games for the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. Head coach Lawrence Frank has started Jason Maxiell alongside Greg Monroe this season, with 6-11 Russian Yiacheslav Kravtsov being the only other center on the roster.