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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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James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.
They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Oct 21 - 12:05 PM

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James Harden almost dropped a preseason triple-double on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 28 minutes.

There really is nothing left to say on Harden. He's going to have numerous monster lines in a breakneck-pace offense as the team's "point guard" this season and should be among the league leaders in points, assists, threes and steals. He makes an extremely strong case as the top pick in almost any fantasy format.
Oct 16 - 12:11 AM

James Harden racked up the stats in limited minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Pelicans, registering 14 points, eight assists, six boards, one steal and five turnovers in 24 minutes.

Yes, the turnovers will likely be an issue for Harden this season, but his ridiculous stat lines will make that easy to forgive. He’ll be a popular No. 1 overall target on draft day, and justifiably so. Trevor Ariza finished the game with nine points, four boards, one triple and two steals, while Ryan Anderson tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, one triple, one block and one turnover through 22 minutes of action.
Oct 12 - 10:24 AM

James Harden scored 26 points vs. the Pelicans on Sunday with 15 assists, seven rebounds, two steals, three treys and eight turnovers in 36 minutes.

He's going to be the full-time point guard for the Rockets this season and should be a triple-double threat every time he touches the floor. He was just 6-of-18 from the field tonight, but he hit 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. The turnovers could get out of hand like they were in this one, but Harden is making a strong case to be the top pick in 8-cat leagues with a dominant showing in the preseason -- he's reached double digits in assists in all three games.
Oct 9 - 10:29 AM

James Harden exploded in 30 minutes of action on Tuesday, pouring in 28 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to help the Rockets dominate the Knicks.

Harden made 7-of-11 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs while going 4-of-8 from downtown in one of the most assured preseason performances you'll see. Suffice to say, the early returns under Mike D'Antoni are extremely promising. His ability to orchestrate the offense on nearly every possession will be even more critical if Patrick Beverley's knee injury proves to be a long-term concern.
Oct 4 - 10:41 PM

James Harden handed out 10 assists with just one turnover on Sunday, adding 16 points (5-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three steals and one block.

Harden surprisingly played 29 minutes, including the bulk of the third quarter, giving Mike D'Antoni a long look at rotations that featured his resident superstar. The Rockets have dubbed Harden their starting point guard, ensuring that he'll be a usage monster this season. It makes sense to target him as the No. 1 option in 8-cat leagues, and even 9-cat leagues despite the prospect of sky-high turnovers.
Oct 2 - 10:47 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Pablo Prigioni
3Tyler Ennis
4Gary Payton II
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Ryan Anderson
2Montrezl Harrell
3Kyle Wiltjer
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Chinanu Onuaku