Basketball Player (1989– )
Tall and handsome James Harden is a well-known American basketball player who has been enjoying basketball since high school. He’s best called as a player from Houston Rockets wearing jersey number 13. James Harden is also known by his nickname “The Beard”.
Early Life, Childhood, and Education
James Harden was born on August 26, 1989, in LA, California to James Harden Sr. and Monja Willis. Harden was the youngest of their 3 kids. He has a brother named Akili Roberson and a sister named Arnique Jelks. He’s of African-American ethnicity and has American nationality.
He studied at Artesia highschool in Lakewood, California and attended Arizona State. Whereas he was in Artesia, he was named McDonald’s All-American and additionally earned second-team Parade All-American honors. While he was at Arizona State he was additionally named first team All-District by the NABC and also the USBWA.
During James Harden sophomore year at Artesia highschool, he reached an average of 13.2 points, whereas Artesia went to 18.8 points. Harden improved in his junior year to 18.8 points and led Artesia to the California state title. Throughout his final year, Artesia once more claimed the California title averaging a similar points of 18.8. At the end of the season, he was named a McDonald’s All-American and was honoured with second-team Parade All-American honours. Harden additionally contributed to his AAU team, Pump-N-Run Elite success at the 2006 Las Vegas Adidas Super sixty four championship.
Professional Life and Career
During his freshman year at Arizona State University, the Arizona State was picked to finish 9th within the Pac-10 Conference. After an incredible performance by Harden, the Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pac-10. The Sun Devil was thought-about a bubble team for the 2008 NCAA tournament. They were chosen to the 2008 NIT field once being left out of the NCAA. They defeated the Alabama State and Southern Illinois before they were knocked out by the defending national champion, Florida. At the end of Harden’s freshman year, he was named to the 1st team All-Pac-10 and conference all-freshman team, similarly as 1st team All-District by the NABC and also the USBWA.
In his sophomore year, he appeared on several pre-season All-American Lists and on the cover of Sports Illustrated college basketball preview issue. He was additionally named to the Wooden Award preseason watch list. At the end of his sophomore season, Harden was named to the 2009 All-Pac 10 Tournament Team, Pacific-10 Conference’s Player of the year and a consensus All-American. He declared for the 2009 NBA draft and used Rob Pelinka as his agent.
Harden who was the Oklahoma City Thunder third overall pick at the 2009 NBA draft, had a powerful début season within the NBA, recording the fourth highest 3-point share in NBA history for a player under the age of 21, that earned him an area in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He equally matched the success of his début season by receiving the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award within the 2010–2011 season registering double figures altogether appearances within the season except in four games. The Oklahoma City Thunder tried to sign Harden of a four-year contract valued between $52 and $55 million throughout the free agency period which Harden admitted that he was given insufficient time to consider the offer.
Following the failure of his contract extension with the Oklahoma City, on Oct 27, 2012, Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets. Harden signed a 5-year contract extension worth $80 million with the Rockets. in the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, Harden was chosen as a reserve, marking his 1st All-First selection. Harden’s 2012–2013 campaign with the Rockets saw him be part of the ranks of Tracy McGrady and Hakeem Olajuwon as the solely Houston Rockets to earn player of the week honours 3 or additional times during a season. Harden was named to the 2012–2013 All-NBA Third Team that was his 1st All-NBA selection. He was additionally the seventh player in the Houston Rockets history to earn All-NBA recognition. Harden was named as a reserve in the 2014 All-Star Game, He was additionally named Western Conference Player of the Week double for the week of Feb 24 – Mar 2, March 3 – March 9, becoming the 1st Houston Rockets player to earn Player of the Week honours double in consecutive weeks within the same season in 2013–2014 campaign. At the end of the season, Harden earned All-NBA first team honours.
In the early months of the 2014–2015 season, Harden was as an MVP contender, however finished second behind Stephen Curry in the NBA MVP voting and voted inaugural National Basketball Players Association’s MVP for the 2014–2015 season as we as earning All-NBA first team honours.
The 2015–2016 campaign was additionally a favourable season for Harden, setting career marks in 29 points, 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds to affix the ranks of LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson as the solely players in NBA history to succeed in an average of at least twenty nine points, seven assists and 6 rebounds during a season.
Harden signed a four-year contract extension worth $118.1 million on July 9, 2016, with the Houston Rockets in the 2016–2017 NBA campaign. Harden became the 1st player NBA history to complete with a 50-15-15 stat line, that helped him in securing his 12th Player of the Week honours, tying him with Hakeem Olajuwon for the foremost Player of the Week honours in franchise history. His outstanding performance that Dec earned him the Western Conference Player of the Month honours. At the end of Harden’s campaign within the 2016-2017 season, he finished second in the league MVP voting behind former mate Westbrook.
At the onset of the 2017–2018 season, Harden signed a four-year contract extension with the rockets on July 8 worth concerning $160 million, which gave him a total six-year deal with a guaranteed $228 million, the richest deal within the NBA. Harden will be the face of the Houston Rockets through the 2022–2023 campaign. in the course of the season, Harden secured third 50-point game of the season during a 128-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, creating him the 1st player in franchise history to earn 2 consecutive 50-point games. Harden additionally became the 1st player in the NBA history to record fifty or more points in straight games since Kobe Bryant in 2007. Harden sustained a hamstring injury after scoring forty points during a game against the LA Lakers on Dec 31, that saw him out of action for seven games. On returning, Harden became the 1st player in the NBA to score sixty points as a part of a triple-double in a 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic. after a successful run in the season and postseason campaigns, Harden was named NBA MVP, creating him the third player in Rockets history to earn such honours, joining the ranks of Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. The National Basketball Players Association named him its MVP for the season, for the second time.
National Team Career
Harden was a part of the USA national team that claim gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and additionally a member of the United States basketball team that claim the 2014 FIBA basketball World Cup in 2014. He withdrew from the 2016 Olympics team.
Reflecting on the private life of James Harden, he’s currently probably single however there are rumors of him dating a model Olla Naber. However, they haven’t confirmed concerning this however sources said that they were together since 2018.
James was previously in a relationship with Trina in 2011 however broke up in 2012. He had an encounter with Jenna Shea in 2012. Then he was in a relationship with Kyra Chaos however it didn’t last for long.
He moved on with Sarah Bellew in 2013 however eventually got broke up in 2015. whereas he was in a relationship with Bellew, he even had an encounter with Maliah Michel in 2014 and was in a romantic relationship with Tahiry Jose from 2013 to 2014. Then he got into a relationship with Amber Rose in 2015 that shortly ended in the same year.
After onward, he was in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian from 2015 that ended in 2016. soon he moved on with Karrueche Tran in 2016. James Harden additionally had an affair with a fitness guru Brittany Renner (2018) and singer Ashanti (2016).
Salary and Net Worth
He has a net worth of $145 million however his salary isn’t revealed yet. His profession has helped him in earning this huge net worth. He has gained numerous fame and fortune.
James Harden has a height of 6 feet 5 inches and weights of 100kg. He has black hair and black eyes. Moreover, there aren’t any details regarding his body measurement.
- NBA Most Valuable Player (2018)
- NBA All-Star (2013–2018)
- All-NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
- All-NBA Third Team (2013)
- NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2012)
- NBA scoring champion (2018)
- NBA assists leader (2017)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2010)
- Consensus first-team All-American (2009)
- Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009)
- First-team All-Pac-10 (2008, 2009)
- No. 13 retired by Arizona State
It is rumored that James is in a relationship with an Instagram model Olla Naber since 2018.
James Harden’s Biography Facts