• Harden averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22.8 minutes off the bench for the Thunder in 76 games.

  • , The No. 3 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Harden was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

  • Harden's 9.9 points ranked eighth among rookies and his 37.5 percent 3-point shooting ranked sixth among first-year players.

  • Harden recorded 10 or more points in six consecutive games from Jan. 13 to Jan. 22. The Thunder went 3-3 in those games.

  • Harden scored 22 points for the Rookies in the Sophomore-Rookie Challenge game during NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas.

  • Harden scored a career-high 26 points in a 104-88 win over the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 7.

  • Harden scored 24 points and 25 points in successive games, both of which initially were career-highs, against Orlando on Nov. 18 and Washington on Nov. 20. He connected on seven consecutive 3-point field goals between those games, which tied the NBA record for the most consecutive 3-pointers made by a rookie since 1999.

  • Harden tied a rookie franchise record with six made 3s in that Orlando game.

  • Harden also set career-high of four steals against the Wizards on Nov. 20.

  • Harden recorded 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Thunder's Game 3 win over the Lakers on April 22.

  • Harden averaged a season-best 10.8 points in 10 games in March.

People have often used the phrase “old school” when talking about Thunder rookie guard James Harden.

Maybe it’s his modest behavior. Or his beard, or the fact that he has no tattoos or that he has a crafty and methodical way about himself on the court.

Either way, the Thunder viewed Harden as another piece to the puzzle when they selected him with the No. 3 pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

Born and raised in Southern California, Harden comes to Oklahoma City after two standout seasons at Arizona State.

Harden grew up attending the same Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles as fellow Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook. Harden was a raw prospect as a high school freshman at Artesia High School, which he led to consecutive state championships. He eventually flourished at Arizona State.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Harden led ASU in scoring in 46 of 68 career games, assists 29 times and rebounds 21 times. The Pac-10 Player of the Year also led the league in scoring (20.1 points per game) and steals (1.69) this past season.

Harden said he prides himself as a pass-first player, which he said helped separate him from the rest of the draft class.

The left-handed Harden possesses a good handle off of dribble-drive situations, and he’s shown the ability to change paces with the ball in his hands.

Coming from a program that primarily played zone defense, Harden said he still considers himself a “pretty good” defensive player because of his basketball IQ, length and ability to defend multiple positions.