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Report: Drummond out at least a month

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Pistons center Andre Drummond, among the most productive of rookie big men, will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond has surpassed expectations. He ranks third in the NBA in rebounds per 48 minutes (18.3), trailing only Reggie Evans and Omer Asik.

After averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 19.3 minutes, it seems plausible that Drummond, inconsistent in his lone year at UConn, makes the All-Rookie Team.  I can’t blame any GMs for passing on him, though. He was an extremely risky pick in the top five, and it seems the Pistons got great value with the big fella at No. 9.

Here’s a chart of how Drummond’s numbers stack up against other teenage post players:

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, 2012: 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 19.3 minutes

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1995: 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks in 28.7 minutes

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 1998: 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 20 percent from 3-point range in 20.4 minutes

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, 2004:
12 points, 10 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 32.6 minutes

Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, 2005: 1.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.5 blocks in 7.3 minutes

Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns, 2002: 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 31.3 minutes

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets, 2012: 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks in 28.4 minutes

Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards, 2001:
4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks in 14.3 minutes

Tyson Chandler, Chicago Bulls, 2001: 6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks in 19.6 minutes

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 2010: 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds,43 % FG in 28.5 minutes

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