Khem Birch

Khem Birch

29-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Raptors
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/5/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After three-and-a-half mostly unremarkable seasons in Orlando, Birch was waived in April 2021 by the Magic. Two days later, the center-deprived Raptors signed the Canadian-born Birch, who then started 17 of Toronto's final 19 games. In those 19 contests, Birch delivered a useful 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over 30.4 minutes per game. That production led to a three-year agreement from the Raptors in August. Also in August, the Raptors released center Aron Baynes, leaving Birch and Chris Boucher to battle for the bulk of minutes at the five. Granted, Toronto did acquire the 6-foot-8 Precious Achiuwa in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Kyle Lowry to Miami. But Achiuwa will probably spend more time fighting Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes for minutes at the four. On the whole, Birch delivers consistent, if not spectacular, results. Over his final 17 games (all starts), he averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 blocks while shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor. Chances are, Birch won't walk into a 30-minute-per-game role again, so he's best targeted as a late-round flier for managers in two-center leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the Raptors in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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 underprivileged youth. To learn more, follow Birch on Twitter (@Khem_Birch) and Instagram (@khembirch). 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.

Won't play Thursday
CToronto Raptors
Knee
December 1, 2021
Birch (knee) won't play Thursday against the Bucks, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Birch will miss his fifth straight game Thursday. Precious Achiuwa should continue to see increased run during Birch's absence.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2018
Birch completed his third campaign in Orlando last season and essentially filled the same role as in his first two years, albeit with a bump to 19.2 minutes per contest with the aid of a career-high 24 starts. The UNLV alum was a key fill-in when Nikola Vucevic missed 11 games with an ankle injury from late November to mid-December and finished with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist over 48 games. Birch is a solid rebounder who's best suited at power forward, as he's undersized for the five at 6-foot-9, but he won't offer much in the way of offensive contributions. With the Magic returning all five starters and valued veteran Al-Farouq Aminu scheduled to return to the frontcourt rotation from a knee injury that limited him to 18 games in his first season in Orlando, Birch's role figures to be modest once again unless multiple injuries strike the big men in front of him.
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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Still not practicing
CToronto Raptors
Knee
December 1, 2021
Birch (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
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Ruled out Tuesday
CToronto Raptors
Knee
November 29, 2021
Birch (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Not yet practicing
CToronto Raptors
Knee
November 29, 2021
Birch (knee) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Out Sunday
CToronto Raptors
Knee
November 27, 2021
Birch (knee) will not play in Sunday's matchup with the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Ruled out Friday
CToronto Raptors
Knee
November 25, 2021
Birch (knee) is listed as out Friday against the Pacers.
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