James Harden

James Harden (HOU) “The Beard” ad

(Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
(Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)


roxShooting Guard: 6’5, 220 lbs; 9th year, Arizona State

 NBA Role: all-world superstar • DIFF. BREED 

James Harden aka ‘The Beard’: an offensive superstar w/ unrivaled* foul-drawing and shot-making capabilities; how do you want Harden to drop 30? – off the dribble, from downtown, through contact, from the line, on the break – no matter what you do, Harden’s gonna get his; better playmaker than given credit for, though susceptible to a lot of ‘east-west’ dribbling instead of always moving the ball; vastly improved PnR initiator, passer on the break; transitioned to PG under Mike D’Antoni (pssst: he’s basically their point guard anyway, wasn’t a huge deal) – currently top 3 in both points & assists – supercharges HOU’s offense w/ the flip of a switch; highly criticized for poor defense (and flopping) but has shown some improvement lately; from Sixth Man to Superstar to Franchise Player, Harden made an MVP leap (in 2017), has put HOU into legitimate title contention

*in the sense that no one creates fouls quite like Harden – sure, there’s plenty of guys who get to the line at a high rate but they don’t draw “contact” the same way

Signature Move: ‘rock up’ • spin, step back

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 90


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Career: 22.1 points/game, 5.7 assists/game, 5 rebounds/game, 44% FG

Olympic Gold Medalist (2012)

Sixth Man of the Year (2012)

5x All-Star (’13-’17) starstarstarstarstar

2x All-NBA First Team (’14-15)

More on “the Beard”

  • “OK, C Me Now?” – Harden loves sticking it to his former team – another 40 piece in this one (via FreeDawkins; Apr. 2016):