Dio checks in on the Southeast Division, where the Magic boast a strong group of international talent.
October 13, 2019, 4:20 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikole Vucevic (left ankle sprain) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the Sixers.
This will be the second straight game Vucevic will miss due to the ankle sprain, but it is still not believed to be serious. Look for Mo Bamba and Khem Birch to step up in his absence.
Source: Josh Robbins on Tiwtter
September 18, 2019, 6:28 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba will enter training camp second on the depth chart behind Nikola Vučević.
Head coach of the Magic, Steve Clifford, told a reporter that he plans on having Bamba as his primary backup center while Khem Birch will be third on the depth chart. The Magic also have Vučević, who was re-signed in the offseason to a four-year, $100M contract. As long as Bamba is backing up Vučević, his fantasy ceiling is capped outside of standard redraft leagues.
September 9, 2019, 12:04 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch dropped 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and a block in Monday's 76-82 loss to Germany.
Birch went 6-of-7 from the field and was one of Canada's best players throughout the tournament. Maybe it will give him the momentum needed to earn the backup center minutes in Orlando this season. Birch vs. Mo Bamba will be a battle to watch in deep leagues, as whoever wins will hold appeal as a source of blocks.
September 5, 2019, 12:12 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch stuffed the stat sheet on Thursday against Senegal finishing with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks.
Birch is starting for Canada after the team dealt with a multitude of injuries, and has been showcasing himself well in the tournament.
August 26, 2019, 12:41 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch put up 13 points, six rebounds and a steal in Monday's 68-84 exhibition loss to Team USA.
Canada's training camp roster looked pretty competitive but Birch was the only NBA player to suit up in this game as the team has been decimated by injuries and drop-outs. Birch is running with the opportunity since Tristan Thompson, who usually shows up for international play, is sitting this one out. Competing for the backup center minutes with Mo Bamba, Birch is only a deep-league option this year. Ex-NBAer Kyle Wiltjer led the team with 21 points.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
July 10, 2019, 9:30 pmKhem BirchTeam, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch officially re-signed with Orlando to a two-year $6 million contract.
Birch will be stationed behind Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba as the team's 3rd string center. Though he has talent, he won't hold fantasy value unless injury makes way for him in the rotation.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 10:26 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal to remain in Orlando.
Birch emerged as a defensive anchor in Orlando's second unit, standing out as a high-energy big who can protect the rim. His averages of 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks aren't all that impressive for fantasy purposes, however, and Birch is looking at a tough battle for minutes with Nikola Vucevic re-signed and Mo Bamba back at full health. Deep-league fantasy owners were hoping to see Birch land a bigger offer from another team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 25, 2019, 5:08 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have extended qualifying offers to C Khem Birch and F Amile Jefferson, rendering both restricted free agents ahead of free agency which is set to begin on June 30th.
Birch, who averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game this past season, is seemingly a priority for the Magic to bring back, and now they'll get the opportunity to match any contracts he may fetch from other teams. Jefferson was in the G-League for the majority of the season, where he was very productive. Both may take on larger roles, should they stay with the Magic, as star C Nikola Vucevic is an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
June 4, 2019, 3:02 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Magic will attempt to re-sign second-year center Khem Birch this summer, and they will almost assuredly make him a qualifying offer which would render Birch a restricted free agent.
The Magic won't be the only suitors for Birch's services after he averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game this season. The 76ers were known to express interest in the exciting second-year big man this season, and could very well be one of several to look at him this summer.
Source: The Athletic
April 10, 2019, 11:06 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started for Nikola Vucevic (illness) in Wednesday's season finale but had a quiet night with five points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.
Birch disappointed DFS players tonight but he established himself as a quality NBA player this year and is the defensive anchor of Orlando's second unit. The Canadian finishes the season with top-300/280 value (8/9-cat) on a per-game basis and ended up in a the same range in terms of total value despite playing only 49 games. The injury to Mo Bamba allowed Birch to become a regular, and he ended up with 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.7 blocks in 15.2 mpg over those 29 contests. Orlando's not a great spot for depth centers to produce, but Birch proved himself a capable defender and helped out some deep-league owners along the way.
April 5, 2019, 10:19 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch produced six points, three rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 14 minutes on Friday night.
Birch now has at least one swat in each of his last five games and will continue to hold down deep-league specialist value as the defensive anchor in Orlando's quality second unit.
March 30, 2019, 10:14 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch logged 16 minutes on Saturday night and posted 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks against the Pacers.
Birch has always been a solid per-minute producer of defensive stats and came through tonight against a tough opposing frontcourt. Despite getting all the backup center minutes in the wake of Mo Bamba's injury, this was Birch's first game with more than one defensive stat since March 14. Nikola Vucevic has obviously dominated the playing time here, but Birch is a name to know in deeper leagues if you're streaming for blocks.
The Magic threaded the needle, making the playoffs and developing their young players