Harden at the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
|No. 13 – Houston Rockets|
|Born||James Edward Harden|
August 24, 1988
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|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)|
|2009-2012||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
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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