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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 was named the league MVP for 2017-18.
He had an MVP-caliber season in 2017 as well, but Russell Westbrook's triple-double record set him apart. Houston's offense ranked second in the NBA this season (narrowly behind Golden State) with Harden leading the way, averaging 30 points per game for the first time in his career. The Rockets were just one win away from an NBA Finals appearance and should be right back in the mix in 2018, assuming they don't strikeout in free agency. Jun 25 - 10:57 PM

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James Harden's 32 points weren't enough as the Rockets fell to the Warriors in Game 7, adding six rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two triples on 12-of-29 shooting.

The Rockets were in cruise control heading into halftime, but couldn't buy a basket in the third quarter -- they even missed 27 straight triples at one point, the most consecutive 3s missed in NBA history. Harden struggled shooting the ball all series, missing 59 total 3-pointers -- that's 11 more than any other player has ever missed in a single playoff series. If they have a strong offseason, Houston should get another shot at taking down the Warriors in 2018-19 -- Chris Paul and Clint Capela are free agents and the Rockets are expected to make a push to lure LeBron James to Houston.
May 28 - 11:51 PM

James Harden scored 32 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, four 3-pointers and a postseason-high nine turnovers in a 115-86 Game 6 loss against the Warriors on Saturday.

He did all he could to keep Houston in this game, but the Rockets had 21 turnovers as the biggest problem today. Harden now has five career playoff games with at least nine turnovers, giving him the most such games ever (LeBron James has three). On the plus side, Harden was able to snap out of a brutal 0-of-22 slump from deep with a couple treys in the first quarter. He'll need it to come together in Game 7 at Toyota Center on Monday.
May 26 - 11:57 PM

James Harden struggled in a 98-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 5, making 5-of-21 from the field for 19 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers in 39 minutes.

It was an absolutely brutal game and now Harden has missed 20 treys in a row, including 11 misses tonight to tie him with John Starks in 1994 for most 3-point attempts without a make in a playoff game. Harden is going to have to play better in the rest of this series because of Chris Paul (hamstring) likely being limited or out. He may also have to see more Andre Iguodala (leg). Even though the Rockets have a 3-2 lead, you could argue they're the underdogs to win this series unless we get good news on CP3.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points on Sunday, adding nine assists, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in a blowout Game 3 road loss.

Golden State closed the first quarter on an 11-0 run, then opened the second half with another 10-0 spurt to claim a 21-point lead. The Rockets never got within single-digits after that and wound up losing by 41 points, which was the largest margin of defeat in franchise playoff history. Harden made 7-of-16 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, but he also committed four of his team's 19 turnovers. The Rockets will need much more from their MVP to even the series at 2-2 on Tuesday.
May 20 - 10:42 PM

James Harden had 27 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Houston’s 127-105 Game 2 win over Golden State on Wednesday.

Harden’s 27 points tied Eric Gordon for the team-high, and he got some much needed help from his teammates for Houston to pull off the victory and tie the series at 1-1. Five Rockets scored in double digits, including Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and the team knocked down 16 triples after making 13 in Game 1. Harden also came up big on the glass, and his 10 boards were a postseason high.
May 16 - 11:31 PM

James Harden scored 41 points and shot 5-of-9 from deep and had four rebounds and seven assists in Houston's 119-106 Game 1 loss to Golden State on Monday.

Harden did all he could to try to get the Rockets the win, but the Warriors were just too much. He scored at will throughout the entire game dropping 24 by halftime in just 16 minutes. The Beard will need more help from his teammates if they're going to dethrone the Champs.
May 15 - 12:03 AM

Stephen Curry said he expects the Rockets to run pick-and-roll on "every single play."

Even transition, Steph? Kidding aside, the Rockets are atop the rankings for PNR ball handler field goal attempts in the playoffs by a wide margin, and they'll be running a ridiculous amount of PNR with Clint Capela setting high ball screens for James Harden and Chris Paul to set up the O. Additionally, Curry said he was looking forward to the Rockets trying to switch him on CP3 and Harden. Is it Monday yet?
May 11 - 6:18 PM

James Harden scored 18 points, going 1-of-7 from deep and had four rebounds and four assists in Houston's Game 5 win over Utah on Tuesday.

After the game, Chris Paul said that Harden was sick, which could explain the Beard having his first game scoring less than 20 points since April 18th. Regardless, the Rockets got the win and are moving onto the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2015.
May 8 - 10:59 PM

James Harden scored 25 points with four rebounds, 12 assists, one block, two steals, one turnover and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes during a 113-92 win over the Jazz in Game 3 on Friday.

All's well in H-Town again. The Rockets scored 70 points in the first half, which hasn't happened in a Rockets playoff game since they dropped 70 back in 1987. Although, this Rockets team has dropped 70 with some regularity, going 5-0 in those instances during the regular season. As for Harden, this was one of his worst games on the stat sheet this postseason, but he's done a great job taking care of the ball lately with just 2.0 turnovers per game over his last five. The Rockets have a 2-1 lead and could take a commanding lead with another win in Utah on Sunday.
May 5 - 1:02 AM

The Rockets lost Game 2 at home on Wednesday despite James Harden's game-high 32 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal.

Harden erupted in the second quarter and headed into halftime with 21 points including 10-of-11 freebies, which kept Houston within single-digits. He picked up two quick fouls in the third quarter and couldn't quite regain his rhythm after that, however, with Utah's defense holding the Rockets to just 24.0% shooting in the fourth quarter. They threw multiple looks at Harden with aggressive play from Royce O'Neale and Dante Exum, in particular, and we're expecting more of the same as the series shifts to Utah tied 1-1.
May 2 - 11:03 PM

James Harden's Rockets cruised to a 110-96 Game 1 victory over Utah, finishing with 41 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and a steal on 12-of-26 from the field.

Harden was also 10-of-11 from the free throw line, finishing with just three turnovers in 37 minutes. This was a wire-to-wire victory for Houston, and Harden got whatever he wanted against the Jazz defense. Utah is going to have to make some major adjustments if they're going to be competitive in Game 2 and beyond.
Apr 29 - 6:09 PM

The Rockets advanced to the second round with a 122-104 win on Wednesday, led by James Harden's 24 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, four 3-pointers, two steals and two blocks.

When coach Mike D'Antoni was asked about the Wolves' various defensive schemes to slow down Harden, he replied, "I don't think there is a solution." Harden can torch defenders from deep when they dive under screens, he can drive past them when they go over, and his vision and passing add another element of danger no matter the coverage. "If you're going to play with certain teams, you have to keep scoring with them," D'Antoni said, self-referentially. "If you can't, you're in trouble." The Rockets' next opponent (either Utah or OKC) can't say he didn't warn them.
Apr 26 - 12:56 AM

James Harden hit 12-of-26 shots, five 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws on his way to 36 points, four rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 119-100 win over the Wolves in Game 4, giving Houston a 3-1 lead in the series.

The Rockets scored 50 points (and hit nine 3-pointers) in the third quarter, which was the second most points in a quarter of a playoff game of all time, as the 1962 Lakers scored 51 points in a quarter. The Wolves only scored 20 in that one, turning a one-point deficit for Minnesota into a 31-point lead for the Rockets, who never looked back. Harden didn't really look like himself in Games 2 and 3, but was back to his old tricks tonight. The Rockets will look to end this series at home on Wednesday.
Apr 23 - 10:52 PM

James Harden scored 29 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wolves during a Game 3 121-105 loss on Saturday.

The offense wasn't the problem for the Rockets, but Harden didn't get much help from the starting frontcourt with a combined 17 points from Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela. Harden was defended well in this game and it could get easier for the Wolves if the Houston role players step up. Game 4 is Monday at Target Center.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Michael Carter-Williams
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3De'Anthony Melton
SF1James Ennis
2Gerald Green
3Vince Edwards
PF1P.J. Tucker
2Ryan Anderson
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Isaiah Hartenstein
4Zhou Qi
5Chinanu Onuaku