(NEW YORK) — One of the breakout starts of the NBA season will have to take a seat for the foreseeable future as New Orleans Pelicans forward-center Anthony Davis is out indefinitely after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.
Davis suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s win against the New York Knicks on Sunday. According to Davis, he hit his hand on the rim while attempting an alley-oop.
Through 16 games, Davis has established himself as one of the most improved players in the NBA, and a dominant post-presence for the Pelicans. So far this season, Davis has averaged 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds per game, and 3.6 blocks per game. Davis ranks in the top-10 in rebounding, and leads the NBA in blocks per game.
The 20-year-old Davis was the number one overall pick by the then-New Orleans Hornets during the 2012 draft out of Kentucky.
It is unknown how long Davis will be out of action. Ryan Anderson is expected to start in place of Davis.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN