James Harden, born on August 26, 1989), his hometown is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. In the 2009 NBA draft, he was selected by the Thunder as a No. 3 show and officially became a professional basketball player. Nicknamed “Big Beard, Deng Ge”, the position on the field is a defender.
Position: G (No. 1)
Height: 1.96 meters / 6 feet 5
Team: Philadelphia 76ers
School: Arizona State University
Draft: No. 3 pick in the first round in 2009
James Harden has a strong body, flexible footwork and is good at breakthroughs. He is not high enough in the air to affect his vision. He prefers to use step-back jumpers instead of lean-backs. Harden’s “eye defense” is real, especially when defending without the ball and with the ball, he will be distracted, making it easy for opponents to cut layups. Harden can do a good job of defending with the ball when he is concentrated, and is good at stealing the ball during the opponent’s breakthrough.
After Harden was selected by the Thunder in 2009, he officially started his NBA career. In the 2009-2010 season, he was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team; in the 2011-12 season, he was selected as the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year and helped the team enter In the finals, he lost to the Miami Heat 1-4 in the finals and missed the championship. Harden has never stepped into the finals stage since then.
In the 2012–13 season, Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets. Leading the Rockets straight to the playoffs for 8 consecutive seasons, becoming one of the best basketball players in the league, and even known as “the strongest player in active service”; in the 2017-18 season, Harden beat LeBron James to win the regular Game MVP. In addition, Harden represented the U.S. team in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, both of which won the championship.
The 2019-20 season lost the playoffs, and the Rockets lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals and were eliminated. At the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Harden submitted a trade application to the Rockets. On January 14, 2021, the team negotiated with three other teams to send Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. On February 11, 2022, Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers by the Brooklyn Nets.