James Harden

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James Harden
Harden with the Rockets in November 2016
No. 13 – Houston Rockets
Shooting guard / Point guard
Personal information
Born (1989-08-26) August 26, 1989 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
High schoolArtesia (Lakewood, California)
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
CollegeArizona State (2007–2009)
NBA Draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro career2009–present
LeagueNBA
Career history
20092012Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–presentHouston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

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 Houston before the 2012–13 NBA season. During his tenure with the Rockets, he became one of the NBA's most prolific scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of the top overall players in the league.[3] 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.