NEW ORLEANS (AFP) - Anthony Davis, the top scorer and rebounder for the New Orleans Pelicans, will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a broken left hand, the National Basketball Association club announced on Tuesday.
Davis suffered the injury on Sunday in the first quarter of the Pelicans' 103-99 victory over the New York Knicks.
Doctors diagnosed Davis with a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal on the left hand.
He was the top pick in last year's NBA Draft and a member of the United States Olympic squad that captured gold at the London Games.
Davis was leading the Pelicans with 19.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.9 blocked shots per game.
The injury timetable means he will miss between 12 and 20 games for the Pelicans, who are 9-8 and tied for ninth in the Western Conference, where only three of 15 teams have a losing record.
Only two of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference can boast a winning record.