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James Harden
Harden with the Rockets in November 2016
No. 13 – Brooklyn Nets
Shooting guard / Point guard
Personal information
Born August 26, 1989 (1989-08-26) (age 32)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
High school Artesia High School (Lakewood, California)
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College Arizona State (2007–2009)
NBA Draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro career 2009–present
League NBA
Career history
2009–2012 Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–2021 Houston Rockets
2021-present Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards


  • All-NBA Third Team (2013)
  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2012)
  • All-Rookie Second Team (2010)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (2018, 2019)
  • NBA assists leader (2017)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2010)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2009)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009)
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2008, 2009)
  • No. 13 retired by Arizona State
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James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Arizona State, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. Harden was selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2012, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Thunder and helped the team reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games.

Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets in October 2012, before the 2012–13 NBA season. During his time with the Rockets, he became one of the NBA's top scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of the top overall players in the league. In 2018, Harden led the league in scoring and was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, and has earned All-NBA Team honors six times, including five times to the first team.

Harden is a two-time member of the United States national basketball team, winning gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

At the start of 2020-21 NBA season, Harden was unhappy in Houston. On January 13, they traded him in a blockbuster deal to send Harden to the Brooklyn Nets to form a big 3 of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden.

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