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Everything you need to know about the Toronto Raptors' newest Canadian Khem Birch

We the North may be We the Central Florida this year, but that doesn't mean the Toronto Raptors can't still flex their Canadian roots on the roster.

With Chris Boucher being one of the lone positive marks on a tumultuous Raptors season, the team decided to double its count of big Montreal ballers by adding 6'9 Khem Birch earlier this month.

Though he was born in Montreal, Birch's journey has taken him around the world, playing high school in Ontario and Massachusetts while playing college ball at Pittsburgh before transferring to UNLV.

Undrafted out of college, Birch spent time in the G League before signing in Europe to play for teams in Turkey and Greece. His impressive EuroLeague play caught the eye of NBA scouts who brought him to the Orlando Magic where he spent most of four years before signing in Toronto.

It's a dream come true for the Canadian, who has already represented his country on the national team for U-18 Championships and Olympic qualifiers where he was coached by Raptors boss Nick Nurse.

Typically Birch has been seen as a defensive specialist, but in his brief time with Toronto, he's already shown that he can be a threat at both ends of the court.

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