Pistons rookie Andre Drummond has suffered a stress fracture in his back and will miss 4-6 weeks of action.
Drummond has played even better than most expected he would when he was selected by Detroit in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He was scheduled to appear in the Rising Stars Challenge in Houston next weekend as part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend Celebration.
The injury is being described as a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebrae, which was suffered in the Pistons loss to the Lakers Sunday afternoon.
Doctors have deemed surgery is not necessary, and with the proper amount of rest, Drummond should be back to full strength by the end of March.
In 50 games this season, Drummond has averaged 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. His presence in the paint has made a significant difference as the Pistons continue to gel as a unit.
Drummond has been placed in a customized brace and his activity levels will be modified while the injury heals.