Orlando Magic Logo
Orlando Magic Logo
Khem Birch Headshot

Orlando Magic | #24 | Center

Khem

Birch

PPG

5.9

RPG

5.3

APG

1.1

PIE

9.0

6'9" | 233lb | 28 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2019-20 SEASON: Appeared in 48 games (24 starts) with Orlando, averaging 4.4 ppg., 4.6 rpg. and 1.0 apg. in 19.2 minpg.…As a starter, averaged 4.5 ppg., 5.7 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 24.4 minpg.…Led (or tied) the team in rebounding twice…Scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 12 points three times, the last on Aug. 11 vs. Brooklyn…Had 10+ rebounds four times, including a career-high-tying 12 rebounds on Nov. 29 vs. Toronto…Dished out a career-high-tying five assists on Dec. 3 @ Washington and July 31 @ Brooklyn…Had at least one blocked shot 15 times and two-or-more blocks seven times, including a season-high three blocked shots on Nov. 29 vs. Toronto…Had at least one steal 15 times and two-or-more steals four times, including a career-high-tying three steals on Jan. 8 vs. Washington…Missed one game (Feb. 3) due to low back tightness…DNP-CD 24 times…Also appeared in five playoff outings, averaging 4.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 17.9 minpg.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 140 career NBA regular season games (25 starts), all with Orlando, averaging 4.5 ppg. and 4.2 rpg. in 15.3 minpg….Played in ten career playoff outings, averaging 5.0 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 18.1 minpg….Also played and started in 70 career NBA G League games with Sioux Falls and Lakeland, averaging 12.1 ppg., 9.6 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 1.99 blkpg. in 28.0 minpg.

2018-19: Played in 50 games (one start) with Orlando, averaging 4.8 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in 12.9 minpg.…Made his first career NBA start on Apr. 10 @ Charlotte, tallying five points, six rebounds and two assists in a season-high 23 minutes (23:19)…Scored in double figures four times, including a career-high-tying 13 points on Mar. 14 vs. Cleveland…Pulled down 10+ rebounds twice…Had one double-double…Had at least one blocked shot 20 times and two-or-more blocks five times, including a career-high-tying four blocked shots on Jan. 12 vs. Boston and Feb. 9 @ Milwaukee…Had at least one steal 13 times and two-or-more steals five times…DNP-CD 32 times…Also appeared in five playoff outings, averaging 5.2 ppg., 6.2 rpg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 18.3 minpg.

2017-18: Played in 42 games during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 4.2 ppg. and 4.3 rpg. in 13.8 minpg.…Ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (T-11th)…Led (or tied) the team in rebounding six times…Scored in double figures eight times, including a career-high 13 points on Apr. 11 vs. Washington…Pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds on Apr. 8 @ Toronto…Recorded three double-doubles…Recorded a career-high four blocks on Jan. 16 vs. Minnesota…Had a career-high three steals on Jan. 27 @ Indiana...Made his NBA debut on Oct. 21 @ Cleveland, tallying two points, two rebounds and one assist in five minutes…Scored his first NBA points on a dunk with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter…Had nine DNP-CDs and was on the Inactive List 31 times…Also played in 21 games with Lakeland of the NBA G League, averaging 14.0 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 2.7 apg., 2.48 blkpg. and 1.19 stlpg. in 31.9 minpg….Named to the Midseason All-G League Team for the Eastern Conference.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Was not drafted by an NBA franchise…Signed as a free agent by Miami (Sep. 14, 2014)…Waived by Miami (Oct. 25, 2014)…Played with Sioux Falls of the NBA G League (2014-15)…Played in Turkey (2015-16)…Played in Greece (2016-17)…Signed as a free agent by Orlando (Jul. 27, 2017)…Played with Lakeland of the NBA G League (2017-18)…Re-signed as a free agent by Orlando (Jul. 10, 2019).

BEFORE NBA

INTERNATIONAL CAREER:

2016-17: Played in Greece with Olympiacos…During EuroLeague play, appeared in 37 games (21 starts), averaging 7.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 1.0 blkpg. in 18.0 minpg., while shooting 62.4 percent from the field…In 33 games during Greek Basket League play, averaged 5.7 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. in 15.7 minpg.

2015-16: Played in Turkey with Usak Sportif…In 32 games, averaged 10.5 ppg., 9.1 rpg. and 1.3 blkpg. in 27.0 minpg.

COLLEGE CAPSULE: Played in 69 career games (53 starts) during three seasons at both the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, averaging 8.9 ppg., 7.8 rpg. and 3.06 blkpg. in 25.4 minpg…Named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012-13 and 2013-14…Was also named Second Team All-Mountain West Conference in 2013-14…As a junior (2013-14), played in 33 games (32 starts) with the Rebels, averaging 11.5 ppg., 10.2 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 3.76 blkpg. in 31.4 minpg., while shooting .510 (125-245) from the floor…Led the team in rebounding and blocked shots…Ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots and third in rebounding…During his sophomore campaign (2012-13), played in 26 games (15 starts) with UNLV, averaging 7.2 ppg., 5.7 rpg. and 2.62 blkpg. in 21.8 minpg., while shooting .563 (67-119) from the field….During his freshman season (2011-12) at Pittsburgh, played in ten outings (six starts), averaging 4.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg. in 15.0 minpg….Transferred to UNLV following his only season with the Panthers.

PERSONAL LIFE

Full name is Khem Xavier Birch…Native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada…Has four brothers…A member of the Canadian Men’s National Team…Also played with Canada’s U-18 National Team, where he captured a bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship…Named a McDonald’s All-American in 2011…Spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League, averaging 11.1 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.8 blkpg. in 52 contests…Named to the Futures All-Star Team in 2015.…Took youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida on a shopping spree for the holidays in 2018…Assisted in assembling 12,500 food packs for Second Harvest Food Bank in 2019 to feed underserved youth…You can follow him on Twitter: @Khem_Birch and on Instagram: @khembirch.