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James Harden | Guard | #13

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / OKC
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James Harden said that he hasn't spoken with Dwight Howard regarding Howard's decision to opt out of his contract and test free agency.
"He's his own man, he knows what's best for his career," Harden said Thursday. "I haven't really talked to him, he'll make whatever is the best decision [for him]." Harden also went on to say that he will recruit Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent, so it doesn't sound like he has much interest in continuing his partnership with D-12. Jun 23 - 5:30 PM
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James Harden said he's spoken to Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni about being more of a playmaker.

That sentence is music to fantasy owners ears after Harden averaged 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.9 three-pointers in 2015-16 and should thrive in D'Antoni's fast-paced offense. Harden added that he is going to try to recruit Kevin Durant to Houston, but he'll remain a top fantasy option in 2016-17 regardless of his success in that pursuit.
Jun 23 - 1:57 PM

James Harden will not play for Team USA this summer for the Olympics.

USA Basketball is running out of guards. In a statement, Harden called his decision "painstaking" and something he didn't take lightly. Harden has been very durable over the last two seasons with only one DNP in his last two seasons combined, so injuries were not likely a factor here. He will have more time to adjust to coach Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense.
Jun 10 - 10:20 PM

James Harden could not explain why he failed to make an All-NBA team this season.

"I mean ... there's no answer for me. I don't know," he said. Although Harden averaged 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.9 3-pointers, he also averaged a career-high 4.6 turnovers and the Rockets had a very underwhelming regular season performance. Perhaps his defense had something to do with it, too.
Jun 6 - 11:02 AM

James Harden said he's looking forward to playing for new Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni.

While Harden had a stellar 2015-16 season statistically, D'Antoni should help the Rockets turn over a new leaf after a season of turmoil. "I'm excited," Harden said about playing for D'Antoni. "I'm excited about the opportunity. I've been hearing great things about him, what he brings to our team. Obviously, our assistant coaches [Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers] as well. A new beginning and I'm excited about the opportunity." Harden averaged 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.9 three-pointers in 2015-16 and should be even better in D'Antoni's high-powered offense in 2016-17.
Jun 2 - 10:10 AM

Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian reportedly interviewed for the Rockets' head coaching vacancy on Thursday.

While Mike D'Antoni remains the frontrunner to land the Houston head coaching gig, the Rockets reportedly have a strong interest in bringing on Kalamian to the coaching staff, as he has a strong relationship with James Harden from his days as an assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff in OKC. Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas and Grizzlies' assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik also interviewed for the Houston head coaching vacancy on Thursday.
May 19 - 6:19 PM

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has reportedly informed team officials that he's not a candidate for Houston's head coach position.

Team owner Les Alexander and GM Daryl Morey recently met with Bickerstaff, in addition to current assistant coach Chris Finch and Clippers assistant Sam Cassell. Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly still high on their list, which could extend to more than a dozen candidates. Other potential coaches include Jeff Hornacek and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas.
May 4 - 8:48 PM

James Harden scored 35 points (12-of-13 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six boards, six assists and seven turnovers on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets from elimination.

Trevor Ariza's offense dried up vs. Golden State, the Rockets couldn't get Dwight Howard consistent touches around the basket, and the offensive burden proved to be too much for Harden to shoulder alone. He opened tonight's game 6-of-8 from the field, with his teammates a combined 0-of-15, resulting in a huge early deficit that Houston simply couldn't overcome. It will be an offseason of soul-searching for the Rockets.
Apr 28 - 1:24 AM

James Harden scored 18 points on 4-of-13 shooting with 10 assists, seven rebounds, seven steals and two 3-pointers in Sunday's blowout loss to Golden State.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Warriors won the third quarter 40-21 and Stephen Curry (knee) didn't even play at all in the second half. This performance sums up the Rockets' season and they will need a miracle to win Game 5 in Golden State to keep the series alive even if Curry misses that contest. Expect Harden to run the offense even more if Patrick Beverley (leg) is unable to play in Game 5.
Apr 24 - 6:23 PM

James Harden hit the game-winning shot with just a few seconds left on the clock in Thursday's 97-96 win over the Warriors in Game 3.

The Rockets now trail the Warriors 2-1 with Game 4 coming on Sunday in Houston. Harden only hit 11-of-26 shots tonight, but he posted a massive line of 35 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 44 minutes while hitting 9-of-11 from the line. He's arguably the best option in DFS right now because the Rockets can't afford to take him out of the game. He will need to be even more impressive in Game 4 with the Warriors expected to get Stephen Curry (ankle) back.
Apr 22 - 12:34 AM

James Harden scored 28 points during a Game 2 115-106 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

His defense was really bad in this game, but his offense was better. After not going to the line at all in Game 1, Harden made 13-of-15 from the charity stripe in this game. This series now goes back to Houston, which isn't the best news for Harden. He actually shot the ball better on the road this season with similar stats across the board. There is still some concern of garbage time, especially if Stephen Curry (ankle) plays.
Apr 19 - 1:39 AM

James Harden was not himself during a 104-78 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, making 7-of-19 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

He did not go to the line at all in this game, which snaps a streak of 148 straight playoff and regular season games with at least one attempt. Harden was asked about not going to the line after the game and said no comment. He did not score at all in the second and fourth quarter of this game with just four points in the first half overall. Harden was slightly sub-par against the Warriors during the regular season, but obviously he should be better.
Apr 16 - 6:55 PM

James Harden scored 38 points during a 116-81 win over the Kings on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

The Rockets made the postseason with this win thanks to the Jazz having a terrible finish to their season. They played the Warriors fairly tough last season in the Western Conference Finals with one win and two losses by fewer than five points. Of course, both of these teams are a little different this season. Harden will likely get over 40 minutes per game in the playoffs with monster numbers.
Apr 13 - 11:26 PM

James Harden scored 34 points in a blowout 129-105 win over the Wolves on Monday, adding one rebound, six assists, five 3-pointers and three turnovers.

It looked like the Rockets were left for dead with a loss to the Suns on Thursday. However, the Jazz choked in two of their last three games while the Rockets won their last two, so the Rockets now control their own destiny with a home game against the Kings. Plus, the Kings will likely tank it up, so Seth Curry will probably be the top player for them. The Rockets will likely be facing the Warriors in the first round, assuming they don't get stunned on Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 12:33 AM

James Harden lit up the Lakers for 40 points during Sunday's 130-110 victory, making 14-of-31 shots with 13 assists, four rebounds and four steals with six 3-pointers.

Harden is averaging 28.7 points and 7.5 assists this season and is one of just five players since 1988-89 to average at least 27 points and seven assists -- the others are Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson (twice) and LeBron James (three times). Unfortunately for Harden, his impressive individual numbers haven't led to sustained success for the Rockets, who are still half a game out of the playoff picture.
Apr 10 - 6:17 PM