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James Harden | Guard | #13

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / OKC
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James Harden scored 21 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Despite his team winning by 30, this was one of his worst games of November. In his previous November games, Harden put up ridiculous averages of 36.7 points, 4.8 boards, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 5.4 treys. Harden is still leading the NBA in assists per game, but that may slightly trend down as he shares the ball with Chris Paul. Harden will be a monster regardless. Nov 22 - 11:53 PM

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James Harden said he's feeling quicker this season after shedding roughly 12 pounds this summer.

"I'm moving better, a lot better, so I'm more efficient," Harden said. "I'm more able to get to my spots I want to quickly, not taking those unneeded steps on the court whether I'm trying to score or I'm trying to make a play for somebody else. Just trying to be a little bit faster and be more efficient." Harden currently leads the league in points (31.6) and assists (9.9), and if you dismiss his 4.9 turnovers per contest he ranks No. 1 overall in fantasy hoops. He's a monster.
Nov 22 - 9:56 AM

James Harden finished with a game-high 29 points in Saturday's game at Memphis across 36 minutes.

The Beard was good for 9-of-20 from the field, including a solid 6-of-12 from behind the arc, while adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. The Rockets have incorporated Chris Paul (knee) back into the fold nicely and it hasn't affected the offensive production of the team, or Harden, one bit.
Nov 18 - 11:45 PM

James Harden went berserk during a 142-116 win over the Suns on Thursday, making 12-of-22 from the field for 48 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

The Rockets became the first team since 1991 to score 90 points in a half with 45 points in the first and second quarters. Harden also made all 18 from the line tonight and all 19 on Tuesday, which helped him get to 43 consecutive free throws and counting. Those free throws are part of the reason why he's scored 40.2 points per game over his last six on a ridiculous 68.8 TS% and a 39.0 usage rate. He did actually bang knees with Josh Jackson with nine minutes left in the second quarter tonight, but he stayed in the game and it clearly didn't affect him in a negative way. Yeah, Chris Paul could hurt him slightly, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Harden finish the year as fantasy's top player.
Nov 17 - 1:35 AM

James Harden hit 8-of-25 shots and 19-of-19 free throws for 38 points in Tuesday's 129-113 loss to the Raptors.

This was the sixth game of his career with 19 free throws made, and he's comfortably leading the NBA in free throws made per game this season. He dished out 11 assists with six rebounds, one block, three triples and nine turnovers in 39 minutes, but his owners should be expecting a small dip in value with Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return on Thursday vs. Phoenix. Even with CP3 in Houston, Harden could still be a top-5 fantasy asset and hasn't scored fewer than 26 points since Oct. 28.
Nov 14 - 10:50 PM

James Harden distributed a season-high 15 assists on Sunday, adding 26 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals in 34 minutes.

Harden had nine assists in the first quarter alone, helping Houston claim a 35-18 lead, and he came within two dimes of his career-high. Chris Paul went through some light work during Friday's practice and he's inching closer to a return, but Houston has no need to rush him back -- their 11-3 record is tops in the West, just ahead of the 10-3 Warriors.
Nov 12 - 8:46 PM

James Harden's hot streak continued on Saturday as he piled up 38 points (11-of-25 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), eight assists, six 3-pointers, four rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.

Harden has zoomed to the No. 1 spot in nearly every fantasy format over the past five games, and his numbers in the past three are unreal -- 43.0 points, 6.3 threes, 5.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's averaging 11.8 free throw attempts this month, up from 7.0 in October, and has made at least six 3-pointers in his past five games. With Chris Paul (knee) inching closer to a return, this is a timely reminder that, in the end, Harden's talent will win out.
Nov 11 - 10:44 PM

James Harden posted his second triple-double of the season during a 117-113 win over the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 35 points with 11 rebounds, 13 assists, five steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

He joins Russell Westbrook and Ben Simmons as the only players with multiple triple-doubles on the year. While Harden's dimes have been there and his scoring is better than last year, his rebounding numbers have plummeted to 4.9 per game from 8.1 last season. Harden is also back to living at the line with his 11.4 attempts per game over his last five games, which explains the 36.0 points per game in that span. He's on a serious roll right now and his owners shouldn't worry too much about Chris Paul (knee) coming back.
Nov 9 - 11:32 PM

James Harden erupted for a career-high 56 points vs. the Jazz on Sunday, making 19-of-25 field goals and 11-of-12 free throws with seven 3-pointers, 13 assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Harden finished one point shy of Houston's franchise record, held by Calvin Murphy, and he would have cruised past him if it weren't for copious garbage time. It would have been a masterful performance in any context, but was all the more impressive against a Jazz team that came in with the league's third-best defensive rating (98.3). Harden's previous season-high was 31 points and we haven't seen too many fireworks from him yet, but he sure lit up the Jazz tonight.
Nov 5 - 9:36 PM

James Harden scored 29 points with three rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, two turnovers and six 3-pointers during a 119-104 win over the Hawks on Friday.

The two turnovers highlight this stat line, especially after he turned the ball over a ridiculous 39 times in his previous six games. Besides that, Harden's rebounding numbers are a little down this year and he's not getting to the line nearly as much. He'll be fine and he still has around two weeks to feast before Chris Paul (knee) comes back.
Nov 4 - 1:18 AM

James Harden hit 9-of-23 shots and just 6-of-17 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers in Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

This was certainly not an efficient line for Harden, but he still managed to fill the stat sheet for his owner. But the turnovers are a big issue for Harden, as he's racked up seven of them in two straight games and had an eight-turnover night on Oct. 25. He's in a dubious three-man race with DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook for the league lead, but when you draft a player like Harden or Westbrook, you just throw turnovers out the window in Game 1.
Nov 2 - 12:49 AM

James Harden hit 8-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 29 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 115-107 loss to the Sixers.

When you add in the seven turnovers he had to the bad shooting, Harden's line leaves something to be desired. Speaking of turnovers, Harden has at least seven of them in three games, and at least five in five of his games. But when you draft a guy like Harden or Russell Westbrook, turnovers should be an afterthought.
Oct 30 - 11:41 PM

James Harden notched his first triple-double of the season in Friday's 109-93 win over the Hornets, scoring 27 points (8-of-18 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with 11 assists and 10 rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

With Chris Paul (knee) still out for a bit, we'll likely see another triple-double sooner rather than later. Harden hasn't scored less than 22 points in any game this season and is averaging just under 10 dimes per game, and it's fitting that he went off on the five-year anniversary of his trade to the Rockets. "It's been a good five years, a great five years, the best five years of my life," he said. "This organization has shown me so much love and given me the opportunity to show who I am as a person and as a player. I appreciate it."
Oct 27 - 9:32 PM

James Harden helped Houston claw back from an 11-point deficit on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 13 assists, three rebounds and three blocks.

He hadn't been shooting well, but finished this game 10-of-20 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. He also committed eight turnovers, giving him 15 in the past two games, but that's nothing new for The Beard -- with Chris Paul (knee) out for a few weeks, he's picking up where he left off as a PG last season.
Oct 25 - 11:49 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said his plan to trim James Harden's minutes went out the window due to Chris Paul's (knee) injury.

D'Antoni said he will continue to give Harden around 36 to 38 minutes, but added that he wants to start blowing out teams to give him some extra rest late in games. "We have to win games. We'll monitor," MDA said. "It would be nice. We need to play in the sense he needs to sit the last five, six minutes. We need to knock people out. We didn't against Sacramento. We had chances to. We can't miss those chances because every two, three minutes are important as they accumulate through the year." With Paul out for the next few weeks, Harden's value will be as high as it's ever been.
Oct 23 - 10:29 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Bobby Brown
3Demetrius Jackson
4Briante Weber
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2P.J. Tucker
3Troy Williams
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Tarik Black
4Zhou Qi
5Chinanu Onuaku