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James Harden | Guard | #13

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / OKC
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James Harden led the Rockets to a 142-130 win over the Wolves on Friday night, scoring 24 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
He hit 7-of-10 from the line and 5-of-11 from deep, adding 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. The Rockets scored a season-high 142 points in the win and attempted 58 3-pointers, three shy of their franchise record -- coach Mike D'Antoni said this week that the Rockets want to attempt 50+ 3-pointers every night. There's been some talk about the Rockets reducing Harden's workload a bit, but that doesn't really matter in an offense as potent as this. He's the top player in 8-cat leagues this season. Feb 25 - 11:47 PM

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The Rockets hope to slightly reduce James Harden's playing time over the final two months of the season.

Harden is averaging 36.5 minutes per game this season. While that's the seventh most in the NBA, it's actually the fewest minutes Harden has averaged in his five seasons in Houston. And coach Mike D'Antoni would prefer to have that number dip even further. "We can always maybe steal a couple minutes of James if that second unit can lengthen the lead," D'Antoni said. "There's different ways we can save James a bit. Obviously, that would be huge for us." Still, fantasy owners need not worry, as Harden will continue to play at least 35 minutes a night and rack up MVP-type numbers.
Feb 25 - 10:52 AM

James Harden hit just 3-of-9 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for 13 points, 14 assists and three steals in 30 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout win over the Pelicans.

Lou Williams went crazy in his Rockets debut with 27 points off the bench, but keep in mind the score was very lopsided and Harden's not going to stand by idly while Williams steals his shots. Sure, it's an auspicious start for the Harden in the Lou-Will era, but we're not concerned about Harden's short-term future.
Feb 23 - 11:01 PM

James Harden (rest) missed his first practice of the season on Tuesday.

Mike D'Antoni elected to give his MVP candidate the day off, but there's absolutely no reason to believe that he'll be spending Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans on the sidelines.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 6:29 PM

James Harden had 38 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 10-of-21 FGs and 14-of-16 FTs with four 3-pointers and one blocked shot.

Harden's 15th triple-double of the season wasn't enough tonight. Miami beat Houston at their own game -- both teams sank 13 three-pointers, but Miami needed five fewer attempts. The Rockets are still 4-2 in February, leaving them 4.5 games ahead of the No. 4 seed Clippers, and barring a late collapse they should secure first-round home court advantage in the playoffs.
Feb 15 - 11:35 PM

James Harden only needed 29 minutes to score 40 points during a 133-102 win over the Suns on Saturday, adding six rebounds, eight assists, eight turnovers and eight 3-pointers.

Harden joins Stephen Curry (43), Klay Thompson (60) and Anthony Davis (40) as players this season to score at least 40 points in fewer than 30 minutes. Interestingly, that feat was only accomplished seven times from 1983 up until last season. We do have to add Harden had to go to the locker room to have someone look at his ankle, but obviously he looks totally fine. He's an MVP candidate and continues to carry his fantasy owners.
Feb 12 - 12:34 AM

James Harden hit just 8-of-21 shots, four 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws for 30 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and nine turnovers in Thursday's 107-95 win over the Hornets.

Just another day at the office for Harden, who leads the league with 43 double-doubles. Sure, the poor shooting and high turnovers are not a blast to deal with, but he makes up for it with everything else he does, including free throws made, free throw percentage, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Beast.
Feb 9 - 9:47 PM

James Harden hit just 6-of-21 shots, 3-of-10 3-pointers and 10-of-14 free throws for 25 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and three steals in Tuesday's blowout win over the Magic.

Harden leads the league in double-doubles with 42 of them and despite his less than stellar play tonight, the Rockets were able to rest their starters for most of the fourth quarter in a blowout. Harden is a serious MVP candidate, as the Rockets are the No. 3 seed in the West, thanks mostly to Harden's heroics throughout the season. The Harden-Mike D'Antoni pairing is a match made in heaven.
Feb 7 - 10:38 PM

James Harden scored 42 points in a 121-117 overtime win over the Bulls on Friday.

He now has 34 games with 40+ points as a Rocket which is the most in franchise history -- Hakeem Olajuwon had 32. The Bulls were missing Jimmy Butler (heel), so they tried to slow down Harden by putting Michael Carter-Williams on him. It didn't work. The Beard hit 13-of-33 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line, adding 12 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and five triples in 44 minutes. He's been the best player in 8-cat leagues this season and he should be able to keep it going.
Feb 4 - 12:25 AM

James Harden hit 10-of-23 shots for 41 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and five 3-pointers in Thursday's loss against the Hawks.

After two subpar games, Harden bounced back nicely tonight. He scored 12 points in just 1:47 at the beginning of the third quarter, finishing with 18 in the quarter. He was two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double, but his efforts weren't enough to get a win. He has scored or assisted in 49 percent of the Rockets scores and continues to have a career-year.
Feb 2 - 11:03 PM

James Harden hit just 3-of-9 shots, missed all five of his 3-point attempts, and only shot four free throws on his way to 10 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 32 minutes of Tuesday's 105-83 win over the Kings.

Ryan Anderson was on fire and the Rockets were rolling without much from Harden, while the starters didn't play much in the fourth quarter. Harden did get a little fourth-quarter run, which was nice to see after he banged knees with an opposing player in the first quarter. He put a brace on his knee, but said after the game that's he's fine. He should be good to go against the Hawks on Thursday, but owners may just want to keep an eye out for news in case something changes in the morning.
Jan 31 - 11:17 PM

James Harden made just 3-of-17 shots on Sunday, hitting 7-of-7 free throws to finish with 15 points, five boards, eight assists, three steals and eight turnovers.

The Pacers' defensive scheme deserves credit here, and Paul George was very effective against him, but this was also a case of Harden missing shots he normally makes. His turnovers are almost always easy to overlook due to his gaudy boxscores, but they stand out more clearly tonight. Harden is too good to struggle for long, and he should come out firing vs. the Kings' defense on Tuesday.
Jan 29 - 8:43 PM

James Harden posted a monster triple-double during a 123-118 win over the 76ers on Friday, scoring 51 points with 13 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

That's his second 50-point triple-double in the last month. Besides Russell Westbrook's one on Oct. 28, the NBA didn't have any of those since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975, and The Beard becomes the first player ever to record multiple 50-point trip-dubs in the same season. This also comes against the league's best defense this month with Joel Embiid out there, so DFS owners can remember Harden is completely matchup proof. Season-long owners should feel proud about taking him No. 1.
Jan 28 - 1:56 AM

James Harden scored 26 points with 12 assists, nine rebounds, four steals, one block and one triple in 40 minutes in Monday's 127-114 loss to the Bucks.

He came up one rebound short of his 14th triple-double on the season, but he's still leading the league with 39 double-doubles. Harden finished 6-of-10 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, but according to StatMuse, he's the first player to finish with 11 turnovers in a regular season game vs. the Bucks in the last 30 years. The Rockets are suddenly struggling with five losses in their last eight games, but they will look to bounce back vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, a team that Harden dropped 37 points on earlier this season.
Jan 23 - 10:52 PM

James Harden scored 29 points with 10 assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in Saturday’s 119-95 victory over the Grizzlies.

This was his best game against Memphis this year, as he recorded his 38th double-double of the season. He will have a day of rest before playing against the Bucks on Monday, a team he scored 38 points with six rebounds and eight assists against in their last meeting. It should be business as usual for the Beard in that matchup.
Jan 21 - 11:28 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1James Harden
2Lou Williams
3Bobby Brown
SG1Patrick Beverley
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Sam Dekker
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Montrezl Harrell
3Kyle Wiltjer
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku