James Harden Biography


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James Harden on the rockets looking down at the floor

James Edward Harden Jr. was born on August 26, 1989, in Los Angeles, California. James Sr., a former Navy seaman, was mostly absent from his life, leading to Harden and his two siblings being raised by their mom, Monja Willis, in the notorious neighborhood of Compton. He went to Arizona State College, where he studied basketball history. Harden is now 32 years old, and he is the height of 6’5. Today he is known for his spectacular skills and his ability to score high points that often help his team win crucial games. He is a professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, NBA for short. He is one of the NBA’s top scorers and has been called the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of the top players in the league. 


Harden played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils, where he has named a unity All-American and Pac-10 player of the year in 2009. He was selected the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden soon became unhappy with his role-playing behind team stars. He rejected a contract extension offer from the Thunder, who traded him to the Houston Rockets before the 2013-13 season. After trading to the Houston Rockets, his career slowly began to soar. In his first season with the team, he set or matched several team records and was named to his first All-NBA, as well as his first NBA All-Star team. Chris Paul joined the team later on, bringing his leadership on the team, fitting nicely alongside Harden in his prime time. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 games in 2017-18 before suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Golden State Warriors. That following year, Harden carried Houston out of an early hole with his unstoppable scoring ability! 


Harden, with his amazing skills and abilities, has made his stat sheet stuffed with all kinds of goodies. From December 13, 2018, through February 21, 2019, Harden scored at least 30 points in the consecutive games, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 65. During the 2016-17 season, he became the first-ever NBA player to record two 50-point-triple-double games, and that was later excelled by Russell Westbrook. Harden notched single-game highs of 17 rebounds, 17 assists, eight steals, and four blocks and led the NBA in free throws attempted and made from 2014-2019.