Celtics’ Tatum, Jazz’s Mitchell named Rookies of Month

Jayson Tatum and and the Celtics sit in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Boston Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum and Utah jazz guard Donovan Mitchell have been named Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, the league announced Thursday.

Tatum averaged 14.6 points and 7,.9 rebounds in 17 games in December. He made a rookie-high 59 free throws and finished fourth or better among all first-year players in field-goal percentage (52.9), 3-point percentage (45.1) and free-throw percentage (81.9).

Mitchell led all rookies in scoring at 23.1 points and steals at 1.77 per game in December. He scored more than 25 points on seven occasions during the month.