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James Harden | Guard

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
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According to ESPN, James Harden will be attending Team USA's minicamp in August.
Other big names that are reportedly attending are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan and Blake Griffin, but more reports will likely surface throughout the rest of the week. Harden was just named MVP at the first Player's Awards recently, and he figures to play a key role on Team USA in Rio next summer. Jul 26 - 2:32 PM
Source: ESPN

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James Harden will be named MVP at the first Players' Awards on Tuesday.

The Players' Awards is a collaboration between the NBPA and BET, and is an awards show in which only NBA players are given the opportunity to vote. He beat out LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to earn the MVP distinction amongst his peers. Harden had a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign, posting averages of 27.4 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.0 turnovers per game. He'll be worth a top-3 selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 21 - 6:23 PM

James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason.
May 29 - 1:40 PM

James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
May 28 - 10:16 AM

James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well.
May 28 - 12:04 AM

James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails.
May 26 - 12:18 AM

James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday.
May 23 - 11:43 PM

James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4.
May 22 - 12:09 AM

James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production.
May 20 - 12:04 AM

James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors.
May 17 - 6:28 PM

James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action.
May 16 - 9:09 PM

James Harden was benched down the stretch during Houston's miracle comeback in Los Angeles on Thursday, finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

The Rockets were rolling with Josh Smith running the offense and Corey Brewer also playing well on offense. Harden was sick today, but coach Kevin McHale said he went with his other guys because he liked how they were getting stops and had a good rhythm. McHale said Harden will be ready to roll for Game 7 on Sunday.
May 15 - 1:51 AM

James Harden is still dealing with effects of the flu, but is feeling better and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday.

Harden needed an IV to help deal with his fever before Game 5 on Tuesday, but was still able to notch his first career triple-double during the win. "He looked OK," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." We'll update Harden's status prior to game-time, but it sounds like fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 10:24 AM

James Harden triple-doubled during Tuesday's season-extending Game 5 win, notching 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but he exited late in the game due to an illness.

Harden played well in Games 1-4 but he reached another level in tonight's elimination game, despite suffering from a cold that required an IV earlier in the day. The Rockets are committing 16.2 turnovers per game in the playoffs, more than any other team, and the absence of Patrick Beverley looms large, so Harden may need to sustain this elite level of play to come back from a 3-2 series deficit. He should be ready to go for Thursday's do-or-die road game in L.A.
May 13 - 12:40 AM

James Harden had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists during Sunday's road loss, sending the Rockets to the brink of elimination with Game 5 looming on Tuesday.

Harden hit two 3-pointers and he was 9-of-10 at the free throw line, but the Rockets never found their rhythm tonight. Intentionally fouling DeAndre Jordan in the first half necessitated a half-court heavy offense, and the second half was a blowout with Houston disjointed at both ends of the court. Harden vowed to play like a "beast" with extra aggression tonight, a promise he must fulfill for Houston to extend their season at home in Game 5.
May 10 - 11:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3Sam Dekker
4K.J. McDaniels
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
C1Dwight Howard
2Clint Capela