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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 scored 29 points against the Pistons during a 116-105 loss on Monday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and two turnovers.
He only made 6-of-15 from the field, but did hit 15-of-17 from the line. Harden has been rolling in the past two weeks and is back to being one of the most valuable players for fantasy. Nov 30 - 11:43 PM

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James Harden scored 26 points with seven rebounds, nine assists and two steals during Sunday's road win in New York, though he scored only seven points during the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Rockets improved to just 1-8 when Harden scores fewer than 28 points, a fact that hasn't been lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "He's gotta be aggressive, and he's gotta take what's there, but we can't count on him to score 50 points every night and win," Bickerstaff said. "We have to do more to get everyone else involved as well." That approach worked tonight -- Harden shot just 10-of-28 from the field, but his teammates picked him up with 90 points on 49.3 percent shooting.
Nov 29 - 11:28 PM

James Harden scored a season-high 50 points against the 76ers during a 116-114 win over the 76ers on Friday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, six 3-pointers and nine turnovers in 40 minutes.

The Rockets barely pulled this one out after it looked like they were going to blow a big lead, giving up a 24-6 run to start the fourth quarter. Close win aside, Harden has been fantasy's best player in his last five, averaging 36.2 points, 7.0 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.2 blocks, 2.6 steals and 3.8 treys on 46.8 percent from the field and 90.6 percent from the line. He's cooking and that slump is long gone.
Nov 28 - 1:50 AM

James Harden scored 40 points on 12-of-19 from the field during a 102-93 home loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

He made all 11 shots from the line to give him an outstanding 83.9 true shooting percentage. Whether it has to do with Ty Lawson or not, Harden is clearly trending up in his last four, averaging 32.8 points, 6.5 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.3 treys on 45.8 percent from the field and 95.5 percent from the line. If you weathered the storm of the slow start, you can go outside now and feel good about Harden as a top-five player with massive nightly upside.
Nov 26 - 1:06 AM

James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with 10 assists, seven boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.

Harden was shooting 37.8 percent from the field coming into the game, but to be fair his teammates haven't exactly stepped up around him. Ty Lawson has been terrible, but the return of Patrick Beverley (ankle) next week could help stabilize things in Houston and take some of the pressure off Harden on the defensive end. Despite the Rockets falling to a 5-9 start, Harden is still managing to return first-round value and he hasn't even hit his stride yet.
Nov 21 - 11:59 PM

James Harden scored 22 points during Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and six turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

Harden is currently hitting career-highs in points (28.8), rebounds (6.2) and unfortunately turnovers (4.8), but he's still producing at a top-8 level in 9-cat leagues. If you take away the turnovers, Harden jumps to No. 3 overall, and we're not worried about the fact that he's currently shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field (career 44.1 percent shooter). The coaching change in Houston has had zero affect on Harden's value.
Nov 20 - 11:04 PM

James Harden said he's focused on improving his defense.

While Harden exploded for 45 points on Wednesday, he also said he needs to focus more on his defense. "That's probably one of the reasons why the [team] energy has been so low," Harden said. "Making shots or missing shots, I've got to bring my game." With a new head coach in Houston, Harden's fantasy owners have to hope this is the start of a hot streak for The Beard.
Nov 19 - 9:34 AM

James Harden dominated during a 108-103 overtime win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 45 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 47 minutes.

He made 11-of-29 from the field, 19-of-20 from the line and turned the ball over five times for his 37.4 usage rate in all that playing time. Harden still didn't even have much success around the basket and made just 4-of-15 from 3, so this line could have been even better. Obviously, if the Rockets want to win games, they'll want to give the ball to Harden as much as possible. Perhaps the worst is over for his fantasy owners.
Nov 18 - 11:57 PM

James Harden scored just 16 points in Monday's loss to the Celtics, adding three assists, one board and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

Harden was careless with the ball and turned it over four times and he wasn't overly aggressive either with just 10 shot attempts on the night. The Rockets as a whole have been pretty terrible this season, but Harden should eventually get it going and it's way too early to be concerned. The Rockets will take on the Blazers on Wednesday.
Nov 17 - 12:31 AM

James Harden made 5-of-21 from the field and all 14 free throws for 25 points during a 110-98 loss to the shorthanded Mavs on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

He missed his first 10 shots to cause the Rockets to slide to 4-6 now. Harden is leading the NBA in minutes and only DeMarcus Cousins has a higher usage rate among starters. On the season, he's averaging 28.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks, 2.3 treys and 4.9 turnovers on 37.1 percent from the field. If he shot the ball well and didn't turn it over so much, Harden would be a monster.
Nov 14 - 10:57 PM

James Harden put forth a valiant effort during Friday's loss to the Nuggets, tallying 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting (9-of-11 from the stripe) to go with eight boards, five assists, three steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers through 38 minutes of work.

After a slow start to the season, Harden has been cruising over the past four games with ridiculous averages of 35.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 3.3 three-pointers, 0.5 blocks and 5.5 turnovers per game while posting a usage rate of 35.9. Patrick Beverley (ankle) was spotted leaving Denver's arena on crutches Friday night, so Harden should continue to see close to 40 minutes per game for however long Beverley is sidelined, and he'll be a fun guy to deploy in DFS.
Nov 14 - 12:42 AM

James Harden had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists on Wednesday, but he shot only 8-of-22 in a loss to the visiting Nets.

He recently became the first Rocket to score at least 43 points in back-to-back games since Moses Malone did it three straight times in 1982. After tonight's struggles it's worth rehashing a quote he gave early this season: "All great shooters go through droughts ... But it'll change. I'll go on five-, six-, 10-game streaks where I'm just on fire and it'll even itself out." Trust the man.
Nov 12 - 12:02 AM

James Harden had himself a feast in Saturday's 109-105 win over the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 46 points with four boards, two assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

Harden shot 14-of-26 from the field and 13-of-14 from the free throw line, and the fact that he did this on the second game of a back-to-back set makes it even more impressive. Stephen Curry is still leaving him in the dust in terms of early-season production, but Harden's owners won't be complaining after two straight phenomenal performances.
Nov 8 - 1:58 AM

James Harden paid off patient owners in the Rockets' road win over the Kings on Friday, scoring a season-high 43 points on 13-of-23 shooting (4-of-10 3PTs, 13-of-16 FTs) with six rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and seven turnovers.

It was only a matter of time before he started figuring things out and the wounded Kings were a great place for him to do it. He has climbed up into the No. 7 slot in 8-cat leagues, and in 9-cat leagues he has some cleanup to do as evidenced by tonight's seven giveaways.
Nov 7 - 2:47 AM

James Harden made 6-of-22 from the field for 28 points against the Magic on Wednesday during a 119-114 overtime win, adding seven rebounds, four assists, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He made just 2-of-11 from deep in his 44 minutes. Harden is down to just 16.4 percent from beyond the arc on the season and he's not getting to the rim like he usually does either. He's too good to be this bad from an efficiency standpoint.
Nov 5 - 1:47 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Ty Lawson
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Marcus Thornton
4Remi Yusuf
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Clint Capela
2Terrence Jones
3Montrezl Harrell
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1Dwight Howard