Big Honor for Skyforce Big Man as Khem Birch Nabs All-Star Nod
He has played well enough this season to rank as high as number five on the NBA Development League Prospect Watch. As a result Skyforce center Khem Birch is rewarded with an All-Star selection.
So far this season, the Canadian native has appeared in 27 games (18 starts) for the Skyforce maintaining averages of 12.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. The blocked shot per contest average ranks 6th best D-League and Birch is number one in field goal shooting percentage at 69.4 percent. Birch will play with the Eastern Conference Futures team at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on February 15.
Joining the Sioux Falls big man on the East roster are 8 teammates with previous NBA experience and the one without logging time in the Association is a likely candidate to make it soon. Chris Babb (Maine), Lorenzo Brown (Grand Rapids), Seth Curry (Erie), Andre Emmett (Fort Wayne), Arinze Onuaku (Canton), Willie Reed (Grand Rapids), Adonis Thomas (Grand Rapids) and Damien Wilkins (Iowa). Tim Frazier of the Red Claws joins Birch as NBA outsiders on the East squad. In fact, Brown is currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Western Conference Prospects team features five players with NBA experience, four of them currently on NBA rosters. JaMychal Green (Austin/Memphis), James Michael McAdoo (Santa Cruz/Golden State), Quincy Miller (Reno/Sacramento) and Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz/Charlotte) round out that component. Jordan Hamilton (Reno) has previously logged time in the NBA while the rest of the west are still seeking their first call-up including Jabari Brown (Los Angeles), Semaj Christon (Oklahoma City Blue), Bryce Cotton (Austin), Jerrelle Benimon (Idaho) and Eric Griffin (Texas).
Of the 20 players selected as 2015 NBA D-League All-Stars, eight of them are among the league’s scoring leaders, with Curry averaging an NBA D-League best 24.0 points and Brown (22.9 ppg) ranking third. On the defensive side, three of the league’s top rebounders will be suiting up as All-Stars in Brooklyn: Onuaku (12.7 rpg), Reed (11.6) and Benimon (11.0) are the first, third and fourth in the league on the boards.
NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a vote of the league’s 18 head coaches and were eligible to be selected if they played in at least half of their team’s games through Jan. 25. Players must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game in order to compete and the league will replace any ineligible players.
The 2015 NBA D-League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile will be integrated into Sunday’s NBA D-League All-Star Game, with action beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET, when the league’s sharp shooters take to the court to participate in the NBA D-League Boost Mobile Three-Point Contest. Skills competition activities will continue during the game’s halftime break, with the NBA D-League Boost Mobile Slam Dunk Contest.