Drummond sustained his back injury when he was attempting to block a shot during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Pistons took Drummond with the 9th-overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. He’s averaged 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in his first year with the club. His minutes have increased throughout the season as he’s shown to have the potential ability to be a “dominant center in the NBA,” according to Wojnarowski.
While general manager Joe Dumars has said the Pistons are “investigation available short-term replacements” for Drummond, the 19-year-old’s injury is likely to allow Russian rookie center Slava Kravtsov an opportunity to earn more minutes.