1. Khem Birch
Birch had the misfortune of getting sidelined with tons of destabilizing injuries throughout his second season in Toronto. However, even a healthy Birch seemed like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole that Toronto needed filled. His style of play simply didn’t mesh.
After becoming a double-double machine in Tampa following his buyout in Orlando, Birch looked like the same garden-variety big man that he was with the Magic. With Precious Achiuwa having developed nicely and Christian Koloko coming in as a hyped rookie, the path to consistent minutes for Birch is murky.
Khem Birch may not fit the Toronto Raptors.
Birch still has two years left on his contract and is on the wrong side of 30, meaning that the value Toronto can get back for him is going to be limited. That shouldn’t stop them from trying, as there could be a team who believes they have the goods needed to restore his past form.
Birch may have been helpful in Tampa, as he was an upgrade over Alex Len and Aron Baynes. Unfortunately, the Raptors might decide to get younger and more explosive in the frontcourt at the expense of Birch. If he is dealt away, Raptors fans should root for him to catch on somewhere else.