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James Edward Harden Jr. is an American basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has earned All-Star nods five times, and has earned All-NBA Team honors four times.
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Key Facts & Information
HARDENED KID IS BORN
- James Edwards Harden, Jr. was born on August 26, 1989, in Los Angeles, California to Monja Willis and James Harden Sr.
- While growing up he was a big, fast, athletic boy who was drawn to the basketball court.
- Despite suffering from asthma at a young age, he endeavoured and modelled himself after his favorite player, Jason Kapono.
- By his junior year, James had grown several inches and now stood well over six feet. He had also developed a reliable left-handed jump shot and had his asthma was under control.
EARLY BASKETBALL CAREER
- He attended Artesia High School in Lakewood, California.
- He led his school to a state title and was named in the All-American team of both McDonald and Parade.
- In his sophomore year, he averaged 13.2 points as Artesia scored 28–5.
- In his junior season, his stats went to 18.8 points, 7.7 boards, and 3.5 assists, leading Artesia to the California state title and a 33–1 record.
- In Harden’s final year, Artesia were State champions after scoring 33–2.
- James’ college career was with the Arizona State University for two seasons from 2007-08 and 08-09.
- Working with Derek Glasser and Ty Pendergraph, he led the team to a 9–9 conference record and an overall mark of 21–13.
- He averaged 17.8 points and 2.1 steals per game. He also led Arizona State with 40.7% from 3-point range.
- Harden was named first team All-Pac-10 and was named to the conference all-freshman team.
- He appeared on many preseason All-American lists and on the cover of the Sports Illustrated college basketball preview issue.
- He was named to the Wooden Award preseason watch list.
- Harden was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. He was also named a consensus All-American.
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Harden was picked as third overall by the ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’ for the 2009 ‘NBA Draft’ during the 2009–2010 season.
- He scored a season-high 26 points against the ‘Golden State Warriors’ in 2009 and was named to the ‘NBA-All-Rookie’ second team.
- During the 2010–11 season, he received the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
- Harden helped the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals, where they were defeated in five games by the Miami Heat.
- By the end of the season though, he declined the Oklahoma Thunder’s offer and signed with the Houston Rockets.
- Houston Rockets
- During the season, he averaged 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. He became the fifth player in the history of NBA to reach 2,000 points in a single campaign.
- By the 2014–2015 season, Harden became the first NBA player ever to score two 50-point games in a season.
- With numerous triple-double scores in the season, he was named to the All-NBA First Team.
- The next season, he finished March with 457 points, 152 assists, and 102 rebounds, becoming the first player to record at least 450 points, 150 assists, and 100 rebounds in a single month since Oscar Robertson in December 1967.
- During the 2016-17 season, he became the first NBA player to record two 50-point triple-double games, which was later surpassed by Russell Westbrook.
- Harden finished the 2016-17 season as the first player to accumulate 2,356 points, 907 assists, and 659 rebounds in one season, finishing the year with a record 474 turnovers.
- On July 8, 2017, Harden signed a four-year contract extension with the Rockets, remaining the face of the Rockets through until the 2022–23 season.
- Harden was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2017–18 season.
- With his help, the Rockets finished the regular season as the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history, with a franchise-best 65–17 record.
ON and OFF-COURT LEGACY
- Standing at 6’5″, Harden is the ideal size for a shooting guard, his normal position. However, he is also known for his dribbling and passing abilities, attributes best suited for the point guard position.
- Harden is best known for the impressive growth of facial hair that resulted in his nickname, “The Beard.”
- In 2015, Harden began making his trademark “stirring the pot” gesture — one hand cupped like a bowl, the other twirling inside it — after making a big shot.
- Among his philanthropic efforts, Harden has formed the 3 The Harden Way Inc., to provide higher education opportunities for youth.
- In 2017, he pledged $1 million to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- The Beard
- Beard’s Stats
- El Chapo Quotes
- Face of the Franchise
- Position Plays
- Building Around El Chapo
- El Chapo Brands
- The Harden Way
- Harden-ed Puzzle
- El Chapo design
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