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James Harden - PG/SG, 6'5, 220
Houston Rockets - Acquired via trade in October 2012
       Date of birth: 08/26/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 3rd pick, 2009
     Out of: Arizona State
  NBA Experience: 8 years
  Hand: Left

2009 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 3rd overall by Oklahoma City.
6th July, 2009 NBA Signed four year, $18,733,857 rookie scale contract with Oklahoma City. Included team options for 2011/12 and 2012/13.
25th October, 2010 NBA Oklahoma City exercised 2011/12 team option.
27th June, 2011 NBA Oklahoma City exercised 2012/13 team option.
27th October, 2012 NBA Traded by Oklahoma City, along with Lazar Hayward, Cole Aldrich and Daequan Cook, to Houston in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two protected 2013 first round picks (#12, 2013, Steven Adams; #21, 2014, Mitch McGary) and a 2013 second round pick (#32, Alex Abrines).
31st October, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed five year, $78,782,188 extension with Houston.
9th July, 2016 NBA Signed a four year, $117,964,846 extension with Houston. Concurrently re-negotiated 2016/17 salary upwards by $9,756,068 and 2017/18 salary upwards by $10,487,773 , which are both included in the $17.55 million figure. Extension included player option for 2019/20 season.
7th July, 2017 NBA Signed a four year, $169,344,000 extension with Houston. Included player option for 2022/23. Concurrently declined 2019/20 player option.
When: Where:
2007 - 2009 Arizona State (NCAA)
June 2009 - October 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
October 2012 - present Houston Rockets (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

James Harden
PG/SG, 6’5, 220lbs, 27 years old, 8 years of experience

The idea he could double his assists total from 2015/16 seemed ludicrously far-fetched. Turns out it wasn't. Harden managed the point guard transition pretty seamlessly, his role to full-time point guard from primary playmaker necessitating subtle but important shifts in his usage, shifts perhaps best evidenced by his career-high 34.2% usage rate. He even tried a bit harder defensively, albeit still with the occasional rest possessions that look so bad on YouTube.

Player Plan: Three years and circa. $91.4 million. The hub of everything.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 28th October 2017

Harden had a triple double in the last game, back to his point guarding best in the continued absence of Chris Paul. Paul will be out again tonight, and, also in the absence of Trevor Ariza, the Rockets will need an even larger workload on offence for Harden than usual, making him a valuable pick even at this price.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 23rd October 2017

As the name suggests, so many shooting guards are shooters, yet shooting is one of the more volatile aspects of NBA basketball on a game-by-game basis. Rebounders will generally always rebound, and slashers to the basket normally get theirs, but some nights, shooters just miss. In having a much more all-around contribution to the game through his assists, Harden is one of the more relatively valuable fantasy picks at this position despite also being by far the most expensive. His value will increase further if Chris Paul (game time decision) does not play, thus likely increasing Harden’s assists.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 16th November 2017

The fact that Chris Paul has returned and will start tonight (albeit on a minute’s restriction; don’t pick him for this reason) should not greatly inhibit Harden, a man too talented to ever not be great. Harden’s recent offensive tear has continued, averaging an outrageous 36.1 points and 11.4 assists per game in the month of November. And while the short slate of games makes it hard to find the low-cost steals that allow for the players at the very top of the price range to be picked, find them from somewhere, because you need to pick James Harden when he is in this form.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 14th November 2017

Harden does so much with the ball and is playing so well at the moment that it is hard to envisage how to take it out of his hands more when Chris Paul returns. Paul has yet to take the court since opening night, and in his stead, Harden has averaged 30.2 points, 10.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. Unstoppable going to the basket, unstoppable when deciding to just raise up and shoot from three instead, and sending a relentless barrage of passes around and to the perimeter right into the shooter’s pocket, he is a relentless offensive freight train, and nothing is captured better for fantasy purposes than that.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 12th November 2017

Stars gonna star, and Harden is now in full stride. Playing the offensive point guard role he has done for the last few years in the continued absence of Chris Paul, Harden has 76.9, 80.7 and 54.8 fantasy performances in his last three games, born out of 29.3 point and 9.6 per game averages on the season. $24.7 million is about as much as you can pay for a player in fantasy, and means spending a quarter of your budget on a seventh of the roster spots. But, tonight, there is no one else better.

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