James Harden has gone beyond the point where he is trying to prove anything. Since coming on the professional basketballing scene in 2009, he has taken the league by storm and garnered enough accolades to deserve praise from fans and hoops legends, dead or alive. The point guard who was a constant in the NBA All-Star game from 2013 to 2018 definitely can’t have further doubt cast on his immense talent.
James Harden has it all: grit, brute strength, and of course, scoring ability, the latter for which he became particularly known when he joined the Houston Rockets in 2012. He was also a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in his final season at Arizona State University’s Sun Devils basketball team. In 2012, while still on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s books, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He is also a gold medalist with the United States national basketball team.
James Harden Bio (Age)
Harden who is the youngest of three children was born on August 23, 1989, in Los Angeles, California. His time at Artesia High School in Lakewood saw him improve his stats every season, leading the team to the California state title in his junior and senior years. He was named a McDonald’s All-American and also bagged second-team All-American honors.
In his freshman year at Arizona State University, Harden’s 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assist game averages saw him help the Sun Devil to a tied for the fifth position at the Pac-10 Conference. His efforts saw him named to the conference’s all-freshman team. James’s sophomore season saw him finish with 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists game average. He also recorded a career-high 40 points in his team’s win over UTEP Miners and was on the cover of the college basketball issue of Sports Illustrated. Having also been named to the All-Pac 10 Tournament Team and winning the Pacific-10 Conference’s Player of the Year at the end of his sophomore campaign, Harden declared for the 2009 NBA Draft, employing Rob Pelinka as his agent.
His Professional Career
1. Oklahoma City Thunders
Harden continued to break personal and team records with the Thunders after he joined them as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He scored a season-high 26 points in his first two seasons with the team and a season-high 40 points from a reserve role in his third and final season. In his first season, he attempted and made seven consecutive three-pointers across two games, making him the first rookie to achieve it since Michael Dickerson in 1999. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of his first season.
Harden was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in the 2011-2012 season after averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in a total of 62 games, of which he started only two of them. In his final season, he helped the Thunder to the NBA Finals where they lost to Miami Heat. During the free agency period in 2012, James Harden failed to agree to a four-year $55 million contract extension with the team, later revealing that he was not given enough time to consider the offer.
2. Houston Rockets
On October 31, 2012, James Harden put pen to paper on a five-year $80 million deal with the Houston Rockets. On that same day, he made his debut and became the first NBA player in history to hit stats as high as 37 points, 12, assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 block in his debut game. James also scored 45 points in his second game, bringing his points total to 82, a first-ever in the history of the NBA. He hit his first triple-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) against Charlotte Bobcats on February 2, 2013, and a career-high 46 points eighteen days later in a win against his former team. Harden’s efforts earned him several Player of the Week honors and his first All-Star selection as a reserve in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
In his sophomore campaign with the Rockets, Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks between February and March. He also scored a season-high 43 points in a win over the Sacramento Kings. Harden was named again as a reserve to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and was later promoted to a replacement starter for the All-Star Game. At the conclusion of the campaign, he was named to the All-NBA First team.
James Harden’s 2014-2015 season saw him become the first player in NBA history to hit 50 points twice in a single campaign while leading his team to their first division in a little over twenty years. He retained his position in the NBA All-Star Team (through 2018) and All-NBA First Team. Harden also narrowly missed the honor of the NBA’s MVP coming in second to Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry.
James Harden’s 2015-2016 season saw him become the first-ever player in the NBA to record at least 450 points, 152 assists, and 102 rebounds in a single month of a campaign. He also usurped Artis Gilmore’s top position for the number of turnovers in a single season. At the end of the campaign, Harden also joined the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James as the only NBA players ever to post a season average of at least 29 points, 7.5 assists, and 6 rebounds in one season.
In 2016, Harden signed a whopping new four-year $118 million contract with the Rockets and continued to break records. He scored triple-doubles in four consecutive games and won several Western Conference Player of the Month and Player of the Week honors, tieing Hakeem Olajuwon’s franchise history. Harden finished the 2016-2017 season with 22 triple-doubles and over 2000 points, becoming the first-ever franchise player to do that.
He started the 2017-2018 season with another four-year contract of $160 million bringing his total to a six-year contract worth a guaranteed $228 million. In this season he became the first franchise player to hit 20 points and over in each of his team’s first 30 games. He also scored a career-high 56 points in a win over Utah Jazz and in January 2018, became the first franchise player to hit 60 points as part of a triple-double in a win over Orlando Magic. On the last day of 2017, in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, James sustained a grade 2 hamstring injury after scoring 40 points. He was out for two weeks. James Harden ended the season with an average of 30.4 points, gifting him his first scoring title.
The point guard has also represented the US National basketball team at the 2012 Olympics – where they won gold – and the 201 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Does James Harden have a girlfriend or wife?
It isn’t clear what his dating profile was before his romance with Khloe Kardashian who has a reputation as an NBA wrecking ball. Coincidentally, James suffered a dip in his progress while dating the Kardashian. He would finally break it off in 2016.
Although he has not publicly confirmed the rumors, the NBA star is rumored to be dating famous R&B songstress, Ashanti who split from her rapper boo, Nelly in 2012. The singer has been spotted with James at a Houston hotel and with his family at a few of his games.
The shooting guard is sure to make a lot more bank as his career unfolds, especially given his most recent contract extension which is the biggest in NBA franchise history. He also signed a 13 year $200 million endorsement deal with Adidas in 2015. Celebrity Net worth places his annual salary at $40 million and his net worth at $120 million.
James Harden Height and Weight
Jaden’s exploding success is more down to his technical abilities than his size, but one cannot argue that his size has nothing to do with it. James stands at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and weighs 100 kg (200 lbs).