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

Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) listens to Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


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.