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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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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

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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

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