Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month


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A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, where he raises capital for and advises public and private companies in the healthcare sector. Outside of his responsibilities with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern is an avid fan of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Boston Celtics.

Through its first 44 games of the 2017-18 season, the Celtics sat atop the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 34-10 behind the impressive play of point guard Kyrie Irving and a strong team defense that had allowed only 101.8 points per 100 possessions, which was its best mark since the 2011-12 season. Another reason for Boston’s strong play has been the performance of rookie Jayson Tatum.

Selected third overall by the Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft, Tatum has averaged 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals per game this season. The Duke University alumnus was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December after averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game through 17 contests. He also topped all rookies with 59 made free throws in the month and finished top four among all first-year players in free-throw percentage (81.9), field goal percentage (52.9), and three-point field goal percentage (45.1). He recorded 20 points in games against the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs and reached double-digit totals in rebounds in games against the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and Memphis Grizzlies.

Surging Celtics Overcome Grueling Schedule in Season’s First Half

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James (Jim) Ahern guides Laidlaw & Company and provides a host of client driven, internationally networked investment services in the health care vertical. An avid Boston sports fan, Laidlaw executive James (Jimmy) Ahern follows teams such as the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics. Led by Kyrie Irving, the NBA team has been in “survival” mode over the first half of the 2017-18 season, as they faced a grueling schedule of 39 games in just 73 days.

In December, this took its toll as a half dozen players, including Irving, took games off for a variety of reasons. Despite this, the team got into an unbeatable groove and achieved 29 victories, the most league wide. Coach Brad Stevens credited the relentless schedule with having a silver lining effect of enabling his team to come together and “communicate at a high level.” On December 29th, the team displayed its mettle by coming back from a 26 point first-half deficit against James Harden and the Houston Rockets to eke out a shorthanded 99-98 victory.

The second half of the season promises to be much smoother sailing for the Celtics, with the last 43 games spread over a leisurely 104 days.