The Beard, as he is most affectionately referred to by his fans and lovers of the game of Basketball, James Harden is most certainly one of the best players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Known for his scoring abilities, the popular MVP has been the face of success and excellence for aspiring players and among his peers since he became a player for the Houston Rockets.
He is one of the most individually decorated players of the NBA, with personal awards ranging from multiple All-Star appearances to the coveted Most Valuable Player award and multiple appearances in the All-NBA First Team. Needless to say, he is a star and everyone knows it.
Learn more about the phenomenal player by reading below.
James Harden Biography, Age
The Houston Rockets’ star player was born on the 26th of August, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. He was born as the youngest child of his family and was exposed to basketball early in his life. His basketball career started at Artesia High School where he helped his team to two state titles and was named an All-American player.
He had his college career at Arizona State University where he began to earn his reputation as a great point scorer. Accumulating individual awards for his performances has been the theme of his career as a professional basketball player and it started in college where he won multiple awards over the course of two years at Arizona State University. He declared for the NBA in 2009 and was subsequently drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The legend and legacy of James Harden most definitely rest with the Houston Rockets but he began his journey to greatness in the NBA with OKC where he spent three seasons and reached the NBA Finals in 2012. After a slow first season with OKC, he progressively grew into the team and became one of its better players. Eventually, a contract dispute sent him to Houston Rockets.
James Harden has been playing for the Rockets since 2012 and in that time, he has become one of the most feared players in the league. Having spent his time at OKC behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, he became one of the main players for the Rockets, starting from his debut when he posted 37 points and 12 assists.
Since then, he has become the face of the Houston Rockets franchise and helped the team compete at the highest level, reaching the playoffs every season he has been with the team.
In the national team, James Harden has won two gold medals, one for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic games in 2012.
Having spent over a decade in the NBA, James Harden has played over 600 games, starting over 400 of them. A slow start in his first season saw him average 9.9 points per game but he has since had a steady rise over the course of his career to a staggering 30.4 points per game as of the 2017/2018 season.
Having also made the All-Star team multiple times, he has played over 6 games, starting 4 of them and averaging 16.5 points per game. In the playoffs, which he has played in every season since he joined the league, James Harden has played over 100 games and averaged 22 points per game.
Over the course of his career, he has won several individual awards as a result of his performances including awards like NBA assists leader and scoring champion, he is, however, yet to win the NBA Championship.
Net Worth And Salary
Being one of the world class players in the NBA, James Harden’s revenue stream goes beyond his salary as an NBA player for the Houston Rockets. He is a brand ambassador for a few products, including Adidas which gave him a 13-year contract worth $200 million.
As for his salary, he started his NBA career with Oklahoma City Thunder, earning what is now to him a measly $4.76 million over the course of two years. He signed his first mega contract in 2012 when he sealed a $78.78 million five-year contract with the Houston Rockets. He is currently on a four-year $169 million contract with an annual salary of $30 million with the Rockets which he signed in July 2017. These, combined with his other financial endeavours have helped James Harden to a net worth of $145 million.
Who Is Harden’s Wife Or Girlfriend?
When it comes to relationships and hookups, as one of the most popular names in the NBA, there hasn’t been a shortage of lovers who have an interest in the Houston player. However, he hasn’t been in many relationships and is currently and officially believed to be single.
Over the course of his career, he has dated big names like Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Brittany Renner, Sarah Bellew and a host of others. He is rumoured to be in a relationship with Ashanti, however, nothing has yet to be confirmed by both parties. The baller is not married.