Lakers’ Nance Jr. out 4-6 weeks after hand surgery

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will miss between 4-6 weeks.

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a fractured thumb on his left hand Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers and underwent surgery today.

ESPN is reporting Nance Jr. will miss between four-to-six weeks.

Nance Jr., a high-flying third-year swingman out of Wyoming, is off to his best start as a pro this season, as he’s averaging 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds through the Lakers’ first eight games.

Rookie Kyle Kuzma will see even more playing time now that Nance Jr. is sidelined for the foreseeable future.

The 22-year-old Summer League standout is scoring 15 points per game so far this season and is already being labeled as one of the biggest steals from the draft.