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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
Contract: view contract details
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Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.
This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues. Sep 26 - 12:46 PM

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Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

"He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts.
Sep 24 - 4:32 PM

James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

"It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard.
Sep 24 - 4:03 PM

Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 23 - 2:33 PM

James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year.
Sep 20 - 12:06 PM

Mike D'Antoni said that it's going to be "fun" coaching James Harden this upcoming season because "he wants to play the way" D'Antoni likes to coach.

"The way he shoots, the way he moves, the way he handles the ball, it's just like, wow," said D'Antoni of Harden. "And then you watch film of his passes, and he's a passer with incredible vision. What he does is special. I'm really looking forward to coaching him. He's receptive and he's in a great state of his athleticism." Houston will likely be a top-3 team in pace this upcoming season, which could very well lead to James Harden sitting atop the throne as fantasy basketball's No. 1 option.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 14 - 10:27 AM

Corey Brewer said he expects James Harden to play better defense this upcoming season.

"I think this year he's going to play better defense," Brewer said of Harden. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year." Whether or not this statement holds true, Harden will make for an excellent top-3 selection on draft day as he figures to see a bump in production running in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 3:50 PM

James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week.

He did the same thing last year during September, but it didn't really work out for one of the most dysfunctional teams last season. Corey Brewer said Harden is doing "everything" and is showing he wants to be a leader. With coach Mike D'Antoni taking over, Harden could have his best season ever as arguably the top pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: FOX 26
Aug 24 - 5:56 PM

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks James Harden will benefit from the addition of new head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Harden is already a top player, but Morey thinks he can get even better under D'Antoni. "I think the fit is excellent," Morey said of D’Antoni and Harden working together. "They had a strong relationship from USA Basketball and their basketball philosophies mesh very well." As the focal point of D'Antoni's up-temp system, Harden could challenge for the No. 1 overall spot in fantasy hoops.
Aug 23 - 12:00 PM

Kevin Durant said that James Harden doesn't get the respect he deserves.

"Nobody really appreciates what he does except for the players in our league," Durant said. "Everybody on the outside doesn't really appreciate what he brings. Anybody that can put up 29 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and not make the All-NBA team, that's like a sin." There's a plethora of talent at the guard position in the NBA, but one could argue that perhaps Harden should have made the Third Team over Klay Thompson. In 8-cat leagues, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 spot in fantasy hoops.
Jul 31 - 4:03 PM

James Harden expressed confidence that he'll thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system.

"We've communicated several times a week," he said. "You know, it's going to work. I'm really excited about it because he's prepared. He's prepared, he's given me knowledge, he's given me things where I can fit into his offense and what he's trying to do." Harden also believes Houston's roster improvements will allow him to give a greater effort on defense, but we'll believe that when we see it. Regardless, The Beard should enter the 2016-17 campaign as a consensus top-3 fantasy option.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 10:29 AM

James Harden said that some of his game was influenced by the playing style of Steve Nash.

"I got a little bit of Nash in me," Harden said. "He had his own pace to the game; that's what I took out of that. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything he didn't want to do." Harden may possess a bit of Nash's passing abilities, but he certainly departs from Nash in his willingness to dish the rock. With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the same team, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 and 2 spots in the fantasy rankings.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 10:39 AM

James Harden has agreed to a four-year, $118 million contract renegotiation with the Rockets.

He's expected to be with the Rockets through the 2019-20 season with an increase to his annual salary along the way, but the deal carries a player option for the final year. Harden has been remarkably durable the past two seasons with only one DNP. He played in all 82 last year and even led the NBA in minutes per game. With a faster tempo and possibly more offensive responsibility, Harden could have a career year under coach Mike D'Antoni.
Jul 9 - 3:27 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 5:30 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Pablo Prigioni
3Tyler Ennis
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
4Josh Smith
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku