Khem Birch
Khem Birch
27-Year-Old CenterC
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Magic in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Khem Xavier Birch was born in 1992 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has four brothers. Birch attended three different high schools: St. Thomas Aquinas (Russell, Ontario), The Winchendon School (Winchendon, MA) and Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA). In 2010, Birch earned a bronze medal as part of Canada's Under-18 junior national team at the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. Birch was named a McDonald's All-American in 2011. During his NBA career with the Magic, Birch took youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida on a holiday shopping spree in 2018. In 2019, Birch assisted in assembling 12,500 food packs for Second Harvest Food Bank to feed underserved youth. To learn more, follow Birch on Twitter @Khem_Birch and on Instagram @khembirch.

College/International Summary

Birch played for Pittsburgh in his freshman year (2011-12) before transferring to UNLV for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. The Montreal, Quebec native led the Mountain West Conference in both total blocks (124) and blocks per game (3.8) in the 2013-14 season. He was also third in the MWC in total defensive rebounds (206) in that year. The center was a key focal point for the Runnin' Rebels, finishing second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg) in his junior season. With one year of eligibility remaining, Birch declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. He was not selected, but Birch signed with the Washington Wizards before the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Back to bench role
COrlando Magic
February 8, 2020
Birch will come off the bench for Saturday's tilt with the Bucks.
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Birch will be replaced by Wes Iwundu in the starting five. Despite a track record of strong play, Birch's been held to just 20 total minutes over his past two outings. Across 13 others games as a reserve, the 27-year-old big has averaged 2.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.
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2017

Following two years overseas, Birch made his NBA debut in the 2017-2018 season. The Canadian carved out a steady role in Orlando, appearing in 42 games and averaging 13.8 minutes per contest as a reserve. Birch quickly established himself as a reliable rebounder, as he averaged 11.2 boards per 36 minutes. Offensively, the 25-year-old worked inside the paint to the tune of 4.2 points per game on an efficient 54 percent from the field. He also shot 68.9 percent from the free-throw line. Birch was a true post player, as he did not attempt a single 3-pointer all season. Defensively, Birch used his length to register 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes. He blocked a season-high four shots in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 16. Birch blocked at least two shots in a game on five other occasions. His season high for points was 13 in a win over Washington on April 11. Birch grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in a loss to Toronto on April 8. That game was also one of three double-doubles for the rookie.

2018

Birch's second NBA season saw an increase in playing time as he appeared in 50 games, making his first career start against the Charlotte Hornets on April 10. The 26 year-old averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds on the season. He appeared in the playoffs for the first time, playing in all five of his team's games. Had his best playoff performance in game five, when he scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds, recorded three assists and four blocks. Overall he averaged 5.2 points, 6.2 boards and one block per game in the playoffs. Recorded a double-double on March 14 against Cleveland with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 120-91 win. He scored 10 points and added five rebounds in a win against Philadelphia on March 25. Birch also made a season-high six free throws against the 76ers, while matching a career-high 10 free throw attempts. He recorded four blocks in a game on two occasions, in a 105-103 win against Boston on January 12 and a 103-83 win against Milwaukee on February 9. He scored eight points and grabbed six boards in 22 minutes against Dallas on December 10.

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Transaction History
  • September 14, 2014
    Signed a two-year contract with the Miami Heat.
  • October 25, 2014
    Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • July 27, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
After going undrafted in 2014, Birch spent a year in the G-League before moving overseas for two seasons. Last year, however, he was given another opportunity to play in the NBA. Birch played 42 games for the Magic, averaging 4.2 points and 4.3 rebounds across 13.8 minutes. The UNLV product was also able to rack up three double-doubles and 12 contests with at least one block. With the addition of Mohamed Bamba with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, minutes will be harder to come by for Birch, and it seems likely he'll spend significant time on the pine and/or in the G-League.
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Plays minor role in return
COrlando Magic
February 6, 2020
Birch (back) logged eight minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 116-100 loss to the Celtics, finishing with zero points and one rebound.
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Expected to play
COrlando Magic
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February 5, 2020
Birch (back) is expected to be available Wednesday against Boston, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Deemed questionable for Wednesday
COrlando Magic
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February 4, 2020
The Magic list Birch (back) as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
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Out Monday
COrlando Magic
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February 3, 2020
Birch won't play Monday against Charlotte due to low back tightness.
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Swats two shots in loss
COrlando Magic
January 27, 2020
Birch contributed nine points (3-5 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes Sunday in the Magic's 112-97 loss to the Clippers.
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