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James Harden

1X
NBA MVP
7X
All-NBA
9X
NBA All-Star
3X
NBA Scoring Champion
1X
NBA Sixth Man Award

Things to Know


Uncanny skill and control of the game.

From a super sub to a superstar, James Harden's career journey in the NBA has been marked by success -- particularly as a go-to scorer. By his fourth NBA season, Harden was averaging 25 ppg or more and has collected three scoring crowns, a Kia MVP and been a part of several long playoff runs.

After a standout career at Arizona State in which he was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009, the Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Harden with the No. 3 pick. No one in his Draft class has more total points or assists since then -- an interesting feat considering fellow future Kia MVP Stephen Curry was picked No. 7 overall.

Career
Two things mark Harden's persona in the NBA: his patented move and his patented look. Although he can score in a variety of different ways, the step-back jumper and Euro step have become his signature moves. As for his look, Harden started growing his signature beard in 2009 before his rookie season.

In Harden's third season with the Thunder in 2011-12, he helped them reach The Finals, where they were defeated by the Miami Heat in five games. That season, he was tabbed as Kia Sixth Man of the Year after posting 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in 60 reserve appearances.

The Houston Rockets acquired Harden from the Thunder via a trade days before the 2012-13 season began. It was in that season Harden took his game to another level, averaging 25.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 5.8 apg to power Houston to a 45-37 finish and a playoff berth.

Harden won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup as a member of the United States national team.

On Jan. 30, 2018, he became the first NBA player to score 60 points while recording a triple-double, doing so in a 114-107 win against the Orlando Magic.

Harden led the NBA in scoring in three consecutive seasons (2018-20) and led the NBA in with an average of 11.2 assists per game in 2016-17.

During the 2020-21 season with Houston, Harden demanded a trade from the Rockets to a contender and his wish was granted on Jan. 13, 2021. The Brooklyn Nets acquired Harden via a four-team deal, pairing him with former OKC teammate Kevin Durant as well as star guard Kyrie Irving.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: James Harden

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: James Harden

James Harden's top 30 career plays

Stats


25.1
PPG
5.5
RPG
6.5
APG
2,445
3PTM (5th All-Time)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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2021-22BKN322135.521.06.014.441.62.77.536.36.27.089.71.06.98.09.31.50.85.02.4
2020-21TOT314436.624.67.816.746.62.87.636.26.37.386.10.87.17.910.81.20.84.02.3
2020-21BKN313636.624.67.816.647.12.77.336.66.37.385.60.87.78.510.91.30.84.02.4
2020-21HOU31836.324.87.516.944.43.19.034.76.67.588.30.64.55.110.40.90.84.31.8
2019-20HOU306836.534.39.922.344.44.412.435.510.211.886.51.05.56.67.51.80.94.53.3
2018-19HOU297836.836.110.824.544.24.813.236.89.711.087.90.85.86.67.52.00.75.03.1
2017-18HOU287235.430.49.020.144.93.710.036.78.710.185.80.64.85.48.81.80.74.42.3
2016-17HOU278136.429.18.318.944.03.29.334.79.210.984.71.27.08.111.21.50.55.72.7
2015-16HOU268238.129.08.719.743.92.98.035.98.810.286.00.85.36.17.51.70.64.62.8
2014-15HOU258136.827.48.018.144.02.66.937.58.810.286.80.94.75.77.01.90.74.02.6
2013-14HOU247338.025.47.516.545.62.46.636.67.99.186.60.83.94.76.11.60.43.62.4
2012-13HOU237838.325.97.517.143.82.36.236.88.610.285.10.84.14.95.81.80.53.82.3
2011-12OKC226231.416.85.010.149.11.84.739.05.06.084.60.53.64.13.71.00.22.22.4
2010-11OKC218226.712.23.68.343.61.44.034.93.54.284.30.52.63.12.11.10.31.32.5
2009-10OKC207622.99.93.17.640.31.23.337.52.63.280.80.62.63.21.81.10.31.42.6
Overall89834.525.07.416.744.42.87.736.37.58.785.90.84.75.56.61.60.53.72.6
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.