August 29, 2020, 6:46 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch played 19 minutes off the bench during Saturday's Game 5 loss, giving the Magic plenty of positive energy despite recording only four points, six rebounds and two assists.
Birch certainly had an impact, especially on the defensive end of the floor, as the Magic's 2019-20 season came to an unceremonious end at the hands of the Bucks. In fact, Birch was a team-best plus-15 in a game they ended up losing by 14 points. His role moving forward is unclear but there is certainly a spot for him based on what we have seen, albeit in small doses.
August 12, 2020, 12:29 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon (left hamstring strain) said that he expects to play during Game 1 of the playoff series between the Magic and the Bucks.
Gordon has been ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Pelicans, but it's mostly a precautionary move. He hasn't appeared in a game since August 5 but has been making steady progress toward a return. Khem Birch will see his minutes diminish when Gordon returns.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 4:12 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch had his best game in quite a while, putting up 12 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes to go with two assists and two steals during Tuesday's 108-96 loss to the Nets.
With Nikola Vucevic limited to just 21 minutes, Birch came through with the goods for those lucky enough to have him on their roster. He came within one rebound of his first double-double of the season while also contributing on the defensive end with a pair of steals. This is certainly about as good as it gets for Birch and he is typically nothing more than a cheap source of boards on most nights.
July 31, 2020, 6:06 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch made the most of his 17 minutes off the bench on Friday, putting up 12 points (6-of-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
That's quite a line in just 17 minutes of floortime. Birch's proficiency from the free-throw line today (season .612 percent) is fool's gold, but he can put up strong numbers when the opportunity presents itself. That being said, this one was a blowout for a while in the second half, and Birch is likely going to receive only smaller quantities of minutes as Jonathan Isaac gradually takes on a larger load.
July 16, 2020, 8:20 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch had a solid year as the backup big for the Magic, stepping in as a starter when needed and fillng the gaps in the frontcourt.
Birch is an efficient frontcourt player and a favorite play in DFS whenever the person above him in the rotation sits, because he always finds himself in the right spots on both ends of the floor. He averaged 19.4 minutes, 3.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks and .487 shooting. He finishes the year at 347/339 value in 8/9-cat leagues.
June 6, 2020, 7:13 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
Al-Farouq Aminu (right torn meniscus), "most likely will not be healthy enough to return," when the season resumes according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Aminu had season-ending surgery in early January and shed his brace in March. There some some speculation he could return due to the extra time off but in an interview this week, Magic president Jeff Weltman didn't give any indication Aminu was close to a return saying, “Not a whole lot of news there. As always, we’re going to wait and see how they respond to rehab." With Jonathan Isaac in the same boat as Aminu, expect Khem Birch and James Ennis to continue splitting the frontcourt minutes opposite Aaron Gordon.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
February 12, 2020, 1:32 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (illness) will not play on Wednesday.
Bamba hoped to play, but the doctors would not clear him for action. Khem Birch should see more time on the court while Nikola Vucevic is primed for a big game.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 1:50 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch (back) is being listed as questionable to play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Birch has averaged 20.6 minutes over the past month but hasn't done much with the playing time putting up a mere 4.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Unless the team moves Nikola Vucevic ahead of the trade deadline, there isn't much reason to be keeping an eye on Birch.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 3, 2020, 5:54 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch (back) will not play on Monday.
Birch should get more opportunities with Jonathan Isaac injured, but he won't be available against the Hornets. Wes Iwundu will start that game.
Source: Orlando Magic on Twitter
January 10, 2020, 11:45 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
With Aaron Gordon (hamstring tightness) out on Friday, Khem Birch started for the Magic and was able to pulled down 11 boards to go with six points, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.
Birch is expected to be the main beneficiary of Jonathan Isaac's long-term absence. That said, he's more of just a rebounds and blocks guy who can chip in good FG% on low volumes. Birch is worth owning in 14-team leagues or deeper.
January 9, 2020, 5:51 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon is questionable to face the Suns on Friday due to tightness in his right calf.
Gordon has the opportunity in front of him to produce top-100 per-game value but has failed to do so this season. If he strings together a few solid performances, trading him for a top-100 player might make the most sense. If Gordon does sit out Friday's game, Khem Birch and Wes Iwundu could see additional opportunity.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
January 8, 2020, 9:59 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started for the Magic on Wednesday and did not disappoint with 11 points (2-of-3 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.
The Magic decided to go big and swapped Birch in for previous game's starter Wes Iwundu (seven points, seven rebounds, two assists, one ssteal, 19 minutes) and it worked out well. Birch was an insta-add in the wake of the Jonathan Isaac injury but has been lukewarm prior to tonight. Give him a look for a boost in boards and defensive stats if you're in a 16-team league or deeper.
January 4, 2020, 9:46 pmWes IwunduSF, Orlando Magic
Wes Iwundu started on Saturday and scored nine points with four rebounds and one three in 31 minutes.
Iwundu started over Khem Birch (two points in 11 minutes) and the Magic are still trying to figure out their rotations without Jonathan Isaac. Iwundu won't creep into standard-league value even if he starts and plays 30 minutes. He can be left on the wire outside of 30-team leagues.
January 3, 2020, 9:44 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started in place of Jonathan Isaac on Friday night but it didn't go well from a statistical perspective with just two points, one rebound, two assists and a block in 25 minutes.
Birch is not a great fit next to Nikola Vucevic, though he was Orlando's defensive anchor in the second unit last season and might get an opportunity to work out the kinks. Either way he'd only pop as a deep-league option for blocks. The other Isaac alternatives are also pretty unappealing for fantasy GMs, with Wes Iwundu picking up seven points, six rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes and the rest of the work getting spread around Orlando's previous rotation. Despite a major injury, there won't be a lot of moves to make for fantasy players.
January 3, 2020, 6:42 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch will be inserted into the starting lineup when the Magic clash with the Heat on Friday.
Birch totaled 26 minutes back on Wednesday after Isaac went down in the first half of that contest. Birch is not going to be a steal of a pickup, but he might have some late-round value at times and deserves to be rostered in deeper leagues as we see how things shake out in Orlando in the wake of Isaac's long term absence.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter