On Tuesday night, The Sioux Falls Skyforce were led by an influx of five players scoring in double-digits as they overwhelmed the Delaware 87ers and pulled away with an 115-103 victory.
Of course, such a balanced attack proved to be a team-effort, but the continued impressive contributions from Khem Birch cannot be ignored. The UNLV product poured in 20 points (on 9 of 10 shooting from the field), grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. He continued to prove his worth and show a similar tenacity on the defensive end as well, grabbing 4 steals and swatting away 6 blocked shots.
He was all over the place, but in such a positive way. His solid play thus far has continued to pay early dividends for Sioux Falls, and Tuesday night certainly wasn't any different.
For his latest effort, Birch earns himself the latest "Performer of the Night" recognition from RidiculousUpside.com.
Birch has excelled in the minor league following a stint with the affiliated Miami Heat during NBA training camp. The big man should be considered somewhat of an instantly hot commodity for big league teams searching for potential talent in the D-League.
The fact of the matter is this: should a player as tall and as athletic prove to be as skilled (and otherwise downright clutch) as Birch has proven to be, chances are he won't remain in the D-League for much longer. There are undoubtedly a handful of NBA teams that could benefit from his services. Such a varied skill set is difficult to come across.
Looking at everything the 22 year old has to offer, it's apparent that he's playing "out of position" for Sioux Falls. At 6'10" and 220 pounds, he stands tall as more of a likely power forward on the NBA level. But in the undersized NBADL, it's become par for the course for such players to slide over to the five position and play a more dominant role inside.
What this means for his early call-up consideration remains to be seen, but it's clear that he's been more than impressive thus far.