James Harden
#13 Shooting Guard

James Harden

Height / Weight
6' 5" / 220 lbs
Born
Aug 26, 1989 (31)
College
Arizona State
NBA Draft
1st Round, 3rd Overall, 2009
NBA Career
12
Nationality
American
Net Worth
$145 million
SEASON STATS
2020-2021
PTS
24.6
-9.7
Rebounds
7.9
+1.4
Assists
10.8
+3.3
PER
29.68
-4.58
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: James Harden
Nickname: Step Daddy, The Beard, No D Harden
Place of Birth: Bellflower, California
Shoe Size: 15
Education: Arizona State
Parents: Monja Willis, James Harden Sr.
Spouse: Olla Naber

James Harden Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

James Harden is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets. He has slowly worked his way up from being one of the best bench players early in his career to being one of the NBA’s biggest superstars, winning MVP honors in 2018. Playing primarily as a shooting guard, Harden possesses a unique skill set that enables him to score in a variety of ways, making him one of the league’s most consistent and versatile scorers. 

Harden was born on August 26, 1989, in Los Angeles. He grew up in Southern California and played college basketball at Arizona State. After two years at Arizona State, Harden went pro and was the third pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He began his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, spending three seasons with the Thunder as a complementary player to stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. When Harden and Oklahoma City couldn’t agree to an extension, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012.

In Houston, Harden began to blossom into one of the league’s best players. He averaged over 25 points per game during his first season with the Rockets, a feat he has repeated in every subsequent season. Likewise, Harden became an All-Star for the first time during his first year in Houston and has become a perennial All-Star. Harden increased his scoring to over 30 points per game during both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, leading the NBA in scoring both seasons while winning MVP in 2018. Harden also represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics, helping the Americans win a Gold Medal.

James Harden Basketball Career

High School Career

James Harden grew up in Southern California and attended Artesia High School in Lakewood. He started to shine as a sophomore, averaging 13.2 points per game. As a junior, he led Lakewood to a state title while averaging 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He put up nearly identical numbers while leading Lakewood to another state title and being named a McDonald’s All-American.

College Career

Harden attended Arizona State, playing for the Sun Devils under head coach Herb Sendek. As a freshman, Harden posted 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Those numbers earned him First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. However, the Sun Devils failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament and eventually saw their season end in the NIT quarterfinals.

As a sophomore, Harden was one of the best players in the country. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Harden was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American. His efforts were enough to get Arizona State to the NCAA Tournament after a six-year drought. However, after beating Temple in the First Round, the Sun Devils lost to Syracuse in the Round of 32. After the season, Harden decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

NBA Career

The Oklahoma City Thunder made Harden the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He immediately became one of the team’s most important reserves. In three seasons playing for the Thunder, Harden started just seven games, taking on a supporting role behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. However, Harden’s efforts off the bench were recognized when he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2012 after scoring 16.8 points per game.

During the summer of 2012, Harden and the Thunder failed to agree to terms for an extension. That prompted a trade that sent Harden along with Daequan Cook, Cole Aldrich and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and multiple draft picks. Harden soon signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Rockets, making him a key part of Houston’s future and a building block for the franchise.

In Houston, Harden immediately became a starter and has started every subsequent game in which he’s played for the Rockets. The increased playing time led to increased production with Harden averaging 25.9 points per game during the 2012-13 season. He was named to the All-Star Team for the first time in his career that season while helping the Rockets snap a three-year playoff drought. Of course, they were eliminated by the Thunder in the First Round of the playoffs.

Harden continued to improve as both a scorer and a playmaker with the Rockets. During the 2016-17 season, he averaged 29.1 points per game while also leading the league with 11.2 assists per game. That year, Harden also recorded a career-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The following summer, Harden signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Rockets, making his contract worth $228 million over six years, the richest in NBA history. 

During the 2017-18 season, Harden led the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game, which earned him MVP honors. He led the NBA in scoring again during the 2018-19 season with 36.1 points per game. The Rockets have made the playoffs in every season since Harden joined the team, including trips to the Western Conference Finals in 2015 and 2018.

James Harden Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

As of 2020, James Harden has an estimated net worth of roughly $145 million, a figure that is likely to increase in the years to come. Since joining the Houston Rockets in 2012, he has signed multiple extensions that will keep him in Houston through the end of the 2022-23 season. By that point, Harden will have made in excess of $318 million in NBA contracts.

In addition to his salary, Harden has several lucrative endorsement deals. In 2015, he agreed to a 13-year deal with Adidas worth $200 million. He also has an endorsement deal with UnderArmor and candy company Trolli.

James Harden signed a four-year, $18.7 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009.

James Harden signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Houston Rockets in 2012.

James Harden signed a four-year, $118.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets in 2016.

James Harden signed a four-year, $160 million deal with the Houston Rockets in 2017.

James Harden Personal Life

Growing up, Harden was the youngest of three kids. He has a sister named Arnique Jelks and a half-brother named Akili Roberson. In the past, Harden has been romantically linked to Khloe Kardashian, rapper Trina, reality TV star Tahiry Jose, Amber Rose, among others.

More recently, he’s dated Olla Naber, an Instagram model. Harden has two kids, although the identity of the mother is unclear.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x MVP
2018
NBA All-Star
2013–2020
2 x All-NBA First Team
2014, 2015, 2017–2019
1 x NBA Sixth Man of the Year
2012
2 x NBA scoring champion
2018, 2019
1 x NBA assists leader
2017
Awards and Honors by Year:
2012
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
2014
All-NBA First Team
2015
All-NBA First Team
2017
NBA assists leader
2018
MVP, NBA scoring champion
2019
NBA scoring champion

James Harden Quotes

  • “In any situation, I’m going to be good.”
  • “In business, you’ve got to move on.”
  • “I heard a lot of those things. I heard that I was greedy; that I didn't care about winning; heard the questioning of my loyalty. And I'm thinking: 'Of course I want to win. I've been winning my entire life.’”
  • “My dream was to be in the NBA. I wasn't really focused on being a star player on a team. I just wanted to make it to the NBA. I've been blessed for the opportunities to be in the Finals, been in the playoffs ever since I've been in the NBA.”

James Harden Fun Facts

  • James Harden’s beard has become his calling card. He allows it to grow as long as possible save for occasional trimmings.
  • James Harden uses no oils or supplements in his famous beard, keeping it 100% natural.
  • James Harden is part owner of the Houston Dynamo in MLS and the Houston Dash of the NWSL.
  • Coming out of high school, James Harden had offers from UCLA and North Carolina but chose Arizona State so he could remain with his high school coach.
  • According to his sister, James Harden would often run around his house naked when he was a kid.
  • After he was traded to Houston, James Harden gave his house in Oklahoma City to his sister so she could raise her family there.
  • Growing up, James Harden’s favorite food was cubes of cheese.
Career stats
2020-2021
BKN
2019-2020
HOU
2018-2019
HOU
2017-2018
HOU
2016-2017
HOU
2015-2016
HOU
2014-2015
HOU
2013-2014
HOU
2012-2013
HOU
2011-2012
OKC
2010-2011
OKC
2009-2010
OKC
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2020-2021
44 36.5 46.6 36.2 86.1 7.9 10.8 0.8 1.2 24.6
2019-2020
68 36.5 44.4 35.5 86.5 6.6 7.5 0.9 1.8 34.3
2018-2019
78 36.7 44.2 36.8 87.9 6.6 7.5 0.7 2.0 36.1
2017-2018
72 35.4 44.9 36.7 85.8 5.4 8.7 0.7 1.8 30.4
2016-2017
81 36.4 44.0 34.7 84.7 8.1 11.2 0.5 1.5 29.1
2015-2016
82 38.1 43.9 36.0 86.0 6.1 7.5 0.6 1.7 29.0
2014-2015
81 36.8 44.0 37.5 86.8 5.7 7.0 0.7 1.9 27.4
2013-2014
73 38.0 45.6 36.6 86.6 4.7 6.1 0.4 1.6 25.4
2012-2013
78 38.3 43.8 36.8 85.1 4.9 5.8 0.5 1.8 25.9
2011-2012
64 31.2 48.8 39.3 84.5 4.1 3.7 0.2 1.0 16.8
2010-2011
56 25.6 42.4 37.4 84.4 3.2 2.0 0.3 1.0 10.7
2009-2010
13 18.9 40.7 47.4 84.0 2.8 2.7 0.3 1.0 8.7
Recent Games
Sat 5/15
Wed 5/12
Mon 4/5
Wed 3/31
Mon 3/29
Fri 3/26
Tue 3/23
Sun 3/21
Fri 3/19
Wed 3/17
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Sat 5/15
W 91-105
25 5 0 5 5 7 1 2 0
Wed 5/12
W 116-128
25 18 0 7 7 11 2 2 4
Mon 4/5
W 112-114
4 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0
Wed 3/31
W 108-120
26 17 1 7 8 6 0 0 3
Mon 3/29
W 107-112
40 38 0 11 11 13 1 1 6
Fri 3/26
W 113-111
42 44 2 12 14 8 1 0 3
Tue 3/23
W 116-112
39 25 0 7 7 17 2 0 4
Sun 3/21
W 106-113
39 26 1 4 5 8 3 1 3
Fri 3/19
L 113-121
34 19 0 4 4 9 2 0 3
Wed 3/17
W 124-115
42 40 2 8 10 15 2 0 2