Pelicans say Anthony Davis' broken hand is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks


New York Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani, left, of Italy, and New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) defend as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) pulls down a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The Pelicans won 103-99, but Davis left the game in the first half with a fractured hand. New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) defends from the floor. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

The New Orleans Pelicans say Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of his broken left hand.

The second-year big man and 2012 top overall draft choice was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand after Sunday night's victory over the Knicks in New York.

The injury occurred during the first quarter in New York, when he hit his hand on the rim while going up for a contested lob. He underwent further evaluations by team doctors Tuesday in New Orleans before the club released the timetable for his return, which spans from 12 to 20 games.

Davis started the Pelicans' first 16 games, averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.