James Harden

James Harden

Basketball Player

James Edward Harden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. Harden is regarded as one of the greatest scorers and shooting guards in NBA history.

Full Name
James Edward Harden Jr.
Aug 26, 1989
6′ 5″
Net Worth


James Edward Harden Jr. was born on August 26, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. He is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Arizona State, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. The Oklahoma City Thunder selected him with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. In 2012, Harden was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Thunder and helped the team reach the NBA Finals. He was traded to Houston prior to the 2012–13 NBA season. Upon joining the Rockets, Harden became one of the NBA's most prolific scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of its most versatile players.

Harden is a seven-time NBA All-Star and has earned All-NBA Team honors five times, including four first-team selections. He is also a former member of the United States national basketball team and won gold medals with them at both the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup tournaments. In 2019, he became one of only 11 players to have been named MVP and led his team to at least 50 regular-season wins in multiple seasons by winning his second MVP award that year.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">James Harden is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 26, 1989, James Harden was born in Los Angeles, California.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Commits to Arizona State University</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden commits to play college basketball at Arizona State University.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">NBA Drafted Third Overall by Oklahoma City Thunder</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden is drafted third overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Traded to Houston Rockets</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden is traded to the Houston Rockets after three seasons with the Thunder. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Sixth Man of the Year Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden is named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for his performance off the bench for the Rockets.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins MVP Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden wins the 2018 NBA MVP award after averaging 30.4 points per game.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs Historic Contract Extension with Rockets</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Harden signs a four-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets worth over $170 million.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He is an Incredible Offensive Player</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Harden is an incredible offensive player. He is a master of the step back and can create shots for himself and his teammates. His ability to break down defenses makes him one of the best players in the NBA.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His Leadership</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Harden is also a great leader. He leads by example on the court and shows his teammates what it takes to be successful. He has been able to lead his teams to the playoffs every year since becoming a starter.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He is an Excellent Free Throw Shooter</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Harden is one of the best free throw shooters in the league. He has made over 90% of his free throws in 5 different seasons and is currently shooting 92.2% from the line this season, which puts him in the top 10 among active players.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Playing Basketball at Age 12</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Harden started playing basketball when he was 12 years old, after his mother signed him up for her company's basketball team.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Attended Arizona State University</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Harden attended Arizona State University where he was a first team All-American during his sophomore year and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Player to Score 60 Points with Less Than 30 Minutes</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Harden is the first player in NBA history to score 60 points in less than 30 minutes of play. He achieved this feat against the Orlando Magic on January 13, 2019.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Won the NBA MVP Award in 2018</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2018, Harden won the NBA Most Valuable Player award becoming the first Rocket's player to win it since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Holds Multiple Shooting Records</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to being an exceptional scorer, James Harden holds numerous shooting records, including most 3 pointers in a single season (2018) and most points scored in a single game (61).</p></div>


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