James Harden
James Harden
Harden at the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
No. 13 – Houston Rockets
Position Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born James Edward Harden
August 24, 1988 (1988-08-24) (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality U.S. Flag American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Artesia (Lakewood, California)
College Arizona State (2007–2009)
NBA Draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro career 2009-present (8 years)
Career history
2009-2012 Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA All-Star (2013-2016)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2013)
  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award (2012)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2010)
  • Consensus first team All-American (2009)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009)
  • 2× All-Pac-10 First Team (2008–2009) profile profile (active)
profile (retired)

James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was a first-time All-Star in 2013, his first season with the Rockets. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. Since the 2012-13 NBA season, Harden has been selected to play 4 times in the NBA All-Star Game.

Harden played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. Harden was selected third overall by Oklahoma City in the 2009 NBA Draft. He became a key part of a young core of players led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Together, the team reached the 2012 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat 4-1 in a six game series.. Harden was then traded to Houston and became the cornerstone of the Rockets franchise. He scored a career high 46 points against Oklahoma City on February 20, 2013. In the 2014-15 NBA Season, Harden and the Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors in a 5 game series 4-1.

Harden was also selected, along with Durant and Westbrook, to be a part of United States national team for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which they won the gold medal. He also was in the voting for MVP in the 2014-2015 season but he finished second behind Stephen Curry. He also has a nickname "Fear the Beard" he got it by driving in to the basket easily.


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