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James Harden | Guard

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
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James Harden said he is dealing with a sore left ankle, but it's expected to be very minor and he said that he wasn't concerned.
He was getting some treatment on his ankle prior to participating in a camp with some kids, but there is no reason to be worried at all. Harden is $200 million richer after signing with Adidas and gets to look forward to playing with Ty Lawson this season, so it's obviously been a good summer for him. Harden will be an easy top-3 pick in most drafts. Aug 15 - 2:39 PM

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James Harden has signed a 13-year, $200 million deal with Adidas.

Harden's agent, Rob Pelinka, announced the deal on Thursday after Nike informed him that they would not be matching the offer. The deal officially begins on October 1 and it's possible that Harden will earn more money annually from Adidas than from the Houston Rockets. Harden will likely have more of a catch-and-shoot role with Ty Lawson in town, but he's still worth a top-three pick in all fantasy formats.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 12:55 PM

James Harden scored 37 points in the 2015 Drew League Championship Game en route to a title.

He has been in the news this month because Adidas is reportedly trying to sign him to a $200 million deal to leave Nike. Harden will have a slightly different role with Ty Lawson around, but he should have a similar approach. Even though Harden was second in points per game, he ranked just 27th in the NBA in time of possession with the basketball last season.
Aug 10 - 6:40 PM

James Harden said that he wants to develop more offense off the ball now that Ty Lawson is in town.

Harden will be looking for a lot more catch-and-shoot opportunities, and that should be no problem when Lawson is running the offense. To be clear, Harden will still run the pick-and-roll a lot and will attack the rim at will, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Rockets staggered his minutes with Lawson so that they always have an elite floor general on the floor at all times.
Aug 2 - 10:27 AM

According to ESPN, James Harden will be attending Team USA's minicamp in August.

Other big names that are reportedly attending are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and Blake Griffin, but more reports will likely surface throughout the rest of the week. Harden was just named MVP at the first Player's Awards recently, and he figures to play a key role on Team USA in Rio next summer.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 2:32 PM

James Harden will be named MVP at the first Players' Awards on Tuesday.

The Players' Awards is a collaboration between the NBPA and BET, and is an awards show in which only NBA players are given the opportunity to vote. He beat out LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to earn the MVP distinction amongst his peers. Harden had a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign, posting averages of 27.4 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.0 turnovers per game. He'll be worth a top-3 selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 21 - 6:23 PM

James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason.
May 29 - 1:40 PM

James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
May 28 - 10:16 AM

James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well.
May 28 - 12:04 AM

James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails.
May 26 - 12:18 AM

James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday.
May 23 - 11:43 PM

James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4.
May 22 - 12:09 AM

James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production.
May 20 - 12:04 AM

James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors.
May 17 - 6:28 PM

James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action.
May 16 - 9:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3Sam Dekker
4K.J. McDaniels
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
C1Dwight Howard
2Clint Capela