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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

27.4

REB

5.7

AST

7.0

STL

1.9

BLK

0.7

2014-15 NBA ROS Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

During the 2013-14 season, James Harden was able to reward the fantasy owners who drafted him and posted impressive numbers in his second season with the Rockets. He finished the year averaging 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers made, ...

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HT: 6' 5"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 8/26/1989  College: Arizona State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed with the Thunder in July 2009. Thunder exercised third-option in October 2010, keeping him signed through the 2011-12 season. Thunder exercised fourth-year option in June 2011, keeping him signed through the 2012-13 season. Agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Rockets in October of 2012.

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James Harden NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 19 76 22.9 9.9 3.2 1.8 1.1 0.3 1.2 40.3 80.8 1.4 0.6 2.6 3.3 37.5 3.1 7.6 2.6 3.2
2010-11 20 OKC 82 26.7 12.2 3.1 2.1 1.1 0.3 1.4 43.6 84.3 1.3 0.5 2.6 4.0 34.9 3.6 8.3 3.5 4.2
2011-12 21 OKC 62 31.4 16.8 4.1 3.7 1.0 0.2 1.8 49.1 84.6 2.2 0.5 3.6 4.7 39.0 5.0 10.1 5.0 6.0
2012-13 22 HOU 78 38.3 25.9 4.9 5.8 1.8 0.5 2.3 43.8 85.1 3.8 0.8 4.1 6.2 36.8 7.5 17.1 8.6 10.2
2013-14 23 HOU 73 38.0 25.4 4.7 6.1 1.6 0.4 2.4 45.6 86.6 3.6 0.8 3.9 6.6 36.6 7.5 16.5 7.9 9.1
2014-15 24 HOU 81 36.8 27.4 5.7 7.0 1.9 0.7 2.6 44.0 86.8 4.0 0.9 4.7 6.9 37.5 8.0 18.1 8.8 10.2
Rest Of Season Projections 25 HOU 5 43.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for James Harden
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James Harden NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 42.0 32.3 9.3 8.7 3.3 0.7 2.0 50.8 85.3 4.7 1.0 8.3 5.3 37.5 10.3 20.3 9.7 11.3
Last 14 Days 7 38.1 27.4 7.4 8.0 1.7 0.4 2.1 45.0 89.7 3.7 0.7 6.7 5.9 36.6 8.3 18.4 8.7 9.7
Last 30 Days 12 37.2 28.2 6.0 8.1 1.8 0.4 2.6 47.0 92.8 4.5 0.7 5.3 6.6 39.2 8.5 18.1 8.6 9.3
Last 5 Games 5 39.8 29.2 8.2 7.8 2.4 0.4 1.8 44.6 88.7 4.0 1.0 7.2 6.0 30.0 9.0 20.2 9.4 10.6
Last 10 Games 10 37.4 27.2 6.2 8.3 1.8 0.5 2.5 44.9 91.6 4.8 0.7 5.5 6.5 38.5 8.0 17.8 8.7 9.5
Last 20 Games 20 36.6 27.0 5.5 7.9 1.7 0.5 2.4 44.4 92.0 4.1 0.7 4.8 6.4 37.0 7.7 17.4 9.3 10.1

 

James Harden Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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James Harden – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

60.5%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, James Harden has a true shooting percentage of 60.5%.

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James Harden NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 19 76 36.0 15.6 5.1 2.8 1.7 0.4 1.9 40.3 80.8 2.2 1.0 4.1 5.1 37.5 4.8 12.0 4.0 5.0
2010-11 20 OKC 82 36.0 16.4 4.2 2.9 1.5 0.4 1.9 43.6 84.3 1.7 0.7 3.5 5.3 34.9 4.9 11.2 4.8 5.6
2011-12 21 OKC 62 36.0 19.3 4.7 4.2 1.1 0.3 2.1 49.1 84.6 2.5 0.6 4.1 5.4 39.0 5.7 11.6 5.8 6.8
2012-13 22 HOU 78 36.0 24.4 4.6 5.5 1.7 0.5 2.2 43.8 85.1 3.6 0.7 3.8 5.9 36.8 7.1 16.1 8.1 9.6
2013-14 23 HOU 73 36.0 24.0 4.5 5.8 1.5 0.4 2.3 45.6 86.6 3.4 0.8 3.7 6.3 36.6 7.1 15.6 7.5 8.6
2014-15 24 HOU 81 36.0 26.8 5.5 6.8 1.9 0.7 2.5 44.0 86.8 3.9 0.9 4.6 6.7 37.5 7.8 17.8 8.6 10.0
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James Harden NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 19 76 1738 753 244 137 80 20 93 40.3 80.8 106 47 197 248 37.5 233 578 194 240
2010-11 20 OKC 82 2189 998 255 176 92 24 113 43.6 84.3 106 42 213 324 34.9 298 684 289 343
2011-12 21 OKC 62 1946 1044 252 229 62 15 114 49.1 84.6 137 30 222 292 39.0 309 629 312 369
2012-13 22 HOU 78 2985 2023 379 455 142 38 179 43.8 85.1 295 62 317 486 36.8 585 1337 674 792
2013-14 23 HOU 73 2777 1851 344 446 115 29 177 45.6 86.6 265 61 283 483 36.6 549 1205 576 665
2014-15 24 HOU 81 2981 2217 459 565 154 60 208 44.0 86.8 321 75 384 555 37.5 647 1470 715 824
Rest Of Season Projections 25 HOU 5 219 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for James Harden
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James Harden NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2009-10 19 76 22.9 55.1 48.4 14.8 11.4 1.3 9.7
2010-11 20 OKC 82 26.7 59.8 51.8 15.8 9.5 1.7 12.2
2011-12 21 OKC 62 31.4 66.0 58.2 19.8 11.8 1.7 17.5
2012-13 22 HOU 78 38.3 60.0 50.4 18.7 12.1 1.5 24.0
2013-14 23 HOU 73 38.0 61.8 52.9 20.2 12.0 1.7 24.3
2014-15 24 HOU 81 36.8 60.5 51.1 20.8 11.8 1.8 27.2
Rest Of Season Projections 25 HOU 5 43.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for James Harden
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James Harden 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 21 at GSW 41 38 10 9 3 1 2 13 21 9 10 3 6 1 9 2
May 19 at GSW 42 28 11 9 4 0 5 11 20 5 6 1 3 2 9 4
May 17 LAC 43 31 7 8 3 1 7 7 20 15 18 2 7 0 7 1
May 14 at LAC 30 23 2 3 2 0 1 5 20 11 11 2 6 0 2 2
May 12 LAC 43 26 11 10 0 0 5 9 20 7 8 1 8 2 9 4
May 10 at LAC 32 21 8 6 0 0 1 5 12 9 10 2 4 0 8 3
May 8 at LAC 36 25 3 11 0 1 5 8 16 5 5 4 7 0 3 3
May 6 LAC 35 32 3 7 1 1 7 7 17 15 15 3 10 1 2 4
May 4 LAC 37 20 5 12 4 0 9 6 13 5 6 3 6 0 5 4
Apr 28 DAL 35 28 2 8 1 1 6 9 19 6 6 4 8 1 1 4
Apr 26 at DAL 36 24 5 5 2 0 1 7 15 9 9 1 7 1 4 2
Apr 24 at DAL 36 42 5 9 1 0 5 15 24 7 7 5 7 0 5 4
Apr 21 DAL 34 24 5 6 1 0 4 5 17 13 13 1 4 0 5 4
Apr 18 DAL 39 24 2 11 1 0 3 4 11 15 17 1 5 0 2 1
Apr 15 UTA 27 16 11 10 1 1 6 3 8 8 8 2 5 0 11 2
Apr 13 at CHA 37 29 6 6 1 2 2 7 20 14 16 1 8 2 4 1
Apr 12 NOP 38 30 1 7 1 1 4 10 18 9 9 1 6 0 1 2
Apr 10 SAS 38 16 2 10 3 0 4 5 19 4 6 2 5 0 2 2
Apr 8 at SAS 35 22 4 4 1 0 1 6 15 8 8 2 6 2 2 1
Apr 5 at OKC 38 41 6 6 3 0 3 12 22 11 13 6 9 2 4 6
Apr 2 at DAL 39 24 4 6 1 0 5 6 15 10 12 2 8 0 4 2
Apr 1 SAC 38 51 8 6 3 0 7 16 25 11 13 8 9 2 6 1
Mar 30 at TOR 38 31 5 5 1 0 3 9 22 10 12 3 8 2 3 3
Mar 29 at WAS 38 24 3 6 2 1 3 7 20 9 10 1 6 0 3 3
Mar 27 MIN 37 33 4 8 5 0 3 9 19 9 10 6 12 1 3 4
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Mar 25 at NOP 37 25 6 10 1 1 2 9 20 6 9 1 4 0 6 3
Mar 23 at IND 43 44 4 7 2 2 4 10 21 21 22 3 8 1 3 4
Mar 21 PHO 33 16 2 5 0 2 5 5 19 5 5 1 8 1 1 3
Mar 19 DEN 40 50 10 4 1 0 4 12 27 22 25 4 12 1 9 2
Mar 17 ORL 35 17 8 4 3 0 4 4 14 8 11 1 4 1 7 1
Mar 15 at LAC 41 34 7 7 0 0 3 7 16 17 18 3 5 0 7 3
Mar 12 at UTA 34 15 4 7 3 0 3 3 13 9 13 0 5 2 2 1
Mar 11 at POR 38 18 2 6 3 0 4 7 19 4 5 0 3 1 1 3
Mar 7 at DEN 36 28 4 7 2 0 4 8 19 10 11 2 4 1 3 5
Mar 6 DET 38 38 12 12 1 0 7 10 21 16 18 2 6 1 11 1
Mar 4 MEM 41 18 4 13 1 2 3 7 16 2 2 2 7 1 3 1
Mar 3 at ATL                                
Mar 1 CLE 42 33 8 5 3 2 5 8 18 15 18 2 6 2 6 3
Feb 27 BKN 38 15 5 12 1 0 4 4 15 7 7 0 4 0 5 3
Feb 25 LAC 36 21 4 10 0 0 3 4 13 10 12 3 9 0 4 1
Feb 23 MIN 39 31 11 10 1 4 3 7 20 12 15 5 11 1 10 3
Feb 21 TOR 29 20 5 7 2 0 5 5 12 8 10 2 6 0 5 2
Feb 20 at DAL 37 26 7 5 2 0 6 6 14 11 13 3 5 1 6 5
Feb 11 at LAC 36 9 5 6 3 0 5 3 12 3 5 0 7 0 5 4
Feb 10 at PHO 43 40 12 9 3 1 5 13 23 11 14 3 7 3 9 1
Feb 8 POR 40 45 9 8 2 0 4 11 25 19 23 4 10 4 5 2
Feb 6 MIL 40 33 3 5 1 0 3 9 14 12 17 3 6 0 3 1
Feb 4 CHI 36 27 3 4 1 2 2 9 20 6 6 3 5 1 2 2
Jan 31 at DET 36 26 7 9 2 1 4 10 17 4 5 2 4 0 7 1
Jan 30 at BOS 39 14 6 7 2 0 5 4 21 4 5 2 7 0 6 2
Jan 28 DAL 38 17 5 8 4 0 4 7 14 2 3 1 3 1 4 5
Jan 25 at LAL 35 37 8 5 2 0 6 12 20 9 10 4 11 1 7 0
Jan 23 at PHO 40 33 6 10 3 1 3 8 18 14 17 3 6 0 6 4
Jan 21 at GSW 32 33 4 6 2 1 2 8 18 14 16 3 6 2 2 2
Jan 19 IND 40 45 1 7 4 1 5 12 18 14 15 7 12 1 0 0
Jan 17 GSW 30 12 4 4 1 0 3 4 15 4 7 0 4 1 3 5
Jan 15 OKC 37 31 9 10 1 0 2 9 15 7 9 6 8 1 8 3
Jan 14 at ORL 38 26 4 10 5 1 7 10 16 5 6 1 5 2 2 4
Jan 12 at BKN 30 30 3 6 2 0 2 9 13 8 8 4 7 0 3 1
Jan 10 UTA 34 30 3 5 1 1 6 8 14 10 11 4 8 1 2 3
Jan 8 at NYK 31 25 4 9 3 0 3 8 17 6 6 3 7 0 4 2
Jan 7 at CLE 33 21 7 9 1 0 7 6 18 7 7 2 7 2 5 0
Jan 5 at CHI 38 20 2 4 1 2 2 7 22 3 3 3 8 0 2 4
Jan 3 MIA 28 28 5 2 1 0 3 9 17 7 7 3 6 1 4 1
Jan 2 at NOP 25 11 2 3 2 0 5 5 13 0 0 1 6 1 1 3
Dec 31 CHA 33 36 7 6 2 1 1 12 19 4 4 8 11 0 7 1
Dec 29 WAS 36 33 6 4 1 0 2 12 23 6 7 3 8 1 5 3
Dec 28 at SAS 36 28 2 5 2 0 9 10 18 5 6 3 6 1 1 5
Dec 26 at MEM 41 32 8 10 0 3 2 10 17 10 11 2 4 1 7 1
Dec 22 POR 32 44 3 7 5 0 1 14 26 12 13 4 9 0 3 2
Dec 20 ATL 39 18 6 14 1 1 3 5 16 6 6 2 7 1 5 5
Dec 18 NOP 34 21 7 5 0 0 4 8 23 3 5 2 7 2 5 4
Dec 17 at DEN 45 41 4 10 2 0 4 11 21 18 21 1 7 1 3 2
Dec 13 DEN 38 24 10 10 1 2 3 7 20 8 9 2 5 0 10 3
Dec 11 at SAC 48 44 4 8 3 1 2 14 32 13 15 3 10 0 4 2
Dec 10 at GSW 40 34 7 4 4 0 5 14 27 3 4 3 8 1 6 3
Dec 6 PHO 39 15 12 7 2 3 6 5 21 4 5 1 9 1 11 1
Dec 5 at MIN 37 38 4 6 0 0 8 11 17 13 14 3 5 0 4 6
Dec 3 MEM 28 21 4 4 3 1 3 6 11 7 8 2 5 1 3 3
Nov 29 at MIL 38 34 6 7 4 1 5 9 14 12 13 4 5 2 4 4
Nov 28 LAC 38 16 4 6 2 2 5 5 12 6 6 0 4 0 4 3
Nov 26 SAC 37 26 7 8 2 3 1 10 31 4 6 2 9 3 4 3
Nov 24 NYK 40 36 6 6 3 1 5 11 22 7 7 7 12 1 5 2
Nov 22 DAL 37 32 8 4 2 0 4 8 18 12 13 4 9 3 5 3
Nov 19 LAL 38 24 4 7 1 1 6 7 11 8 10 2 3 0 4 4
Nov 17 at MEM 34 6 5 4 2 1 3 1 8 4 5 0 4 1 4 4
Nov 16 at OKC 37 19 9 5 1 1 4 5 17 7 8 2 9 1 8 3
Nov 14 PHI 41 35 6 7 3 1 5 10 24 14 16 1 5 0 6 5
Nov 12 at MIN 40 23 4 10 3 0 1 8 23 5 5 2 8 1 3 3
Nov 8 GSW 43 22 7 7 2 0 5 8 24 5 6 1 11 0 7 0
Nov 6 SAS 33 20 6 6 1 3 8 8 15 3 6 1 4 2 4 1
Nov 4 at MIA 40 25 9 10 1 2 5 6 13 10 10 3 7 2 7 2
Nov 3 at PHI 38 35 9 5 1 1 4 7 18 17 18 4 8 1 8 2
Nov 1 BOS 31 26 8 6 4 1 3 5 14 14 14 2 6 0 8 1
Oct 29 at UTA 38 18 7 10 0 1 6 6 18 5 6 1 5 1 6 5
Oct 28 at LAL 31 32 1 6 1 0 0 7 17 15 16 3 6 0 1 1

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James Harden: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Harden grazed a triple-double in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, posting 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in 42 minutes of action.

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Harden posted 31 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and one block in 43 minutes of action in Game 7 against the Clippers.

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Harden will be in the starting lineup for Game 7 at home against the Clippers, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Harden is still dealing with flu-like symptoms but is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday, ESPN reports.

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Harden (illness) went to Houston's locker room late in the fourth quarter Tuesday and did not return for the remainder of the game against Los Angeles. TNT's broadcast reported that it is a precautionary measure and is not considered to be serious.

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Harden notched a triple-double and posted 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in 43 minutes of action in Game 5's win against the Clippers.

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Harden finished Game 4's loss to the Clippers on Sunday with 21 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes.

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Harden posted 25 points, three rebounds, 11 assists, and one block in 36 minutes of action in Game 3's loss to the Clippers on Friday.

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Harden scored 32 points (7-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 15-15 FT) with three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's Game 2 victory against the Clippers.

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Harden posted 20 points, five rebounds, 12 assists, and four steals in 37 minutes of action in Game 1 against the Clippers.

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Harden led the Rockets to a Game 5 win against the Mavericks, posting 28 points, two rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes of action.

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Harden exploded for a career Playoff-best 42 points (15-24 FG, 7-7 FT, 5-7 3Pt) to go with five rebounds, nine assists, and one steal in 36 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Mavericks.

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2013-14

After failing to sign Harden to a long-term extension last offseason, the Thunder dealt him to the Rockets just days before the start of the regular season, sending ripples across the league. Freed from the shackles of the sixth man role, Harden showed right away why the Rockets chose to build their franchise around him, scoring 82 points over his first two games with the team and finishing with season averages of 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. With the Rockets' point guard situation somewhat in flux following a disappointing season by Jeremy Lin, Harden figures to assume ball-handling duties more regularly than most shooting guards. Carrying those responsibilities in the fast-paced Rockets offense will continue to make Harden highly susceptible to turnovers (his 3.8 per game led the league last season), but he should only further bolster his assist totals moving forward, especially now that he's able to dump the ball off to the newly-signed Dwight Howard in the post. Although Howard's presence in the low block may cause congestion issues when his teammates attempt to drive the lane, Harden has proven to be an equally formidable weapon from both mid- and long-range and should make the necessary adjustments to accommodate Howard's game. Even if the arrival of Howard forces Harden to sacrifice some scoring volume, the 24-year-old still has room for growth in his shooting efficiency and as a distributor. He's clearly the top fantasy option at his position across nearly every format.

2012-13

Harden raised his game in 2011-12, achieving career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, and all three shooting percentages. Deservingly so, the accolades began to pile up for Harden, as he took home the Sixth Man of the Year Award, helped lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals, and perhaps most impressively, earned a roster spot on Team USA for the London Olympics. Harden�s talent is unquestioned, but from a fantasy perspective, there remains concern about just how high his ceiling can be as the Thunder�s third scoring option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant and Westbrook both attempted a shade under 20 shots per game last season, leaving Harden to settle for about 10 on most nights. Although Harden could still see a small bump upward in minutes (he averaged 31.4 last season) to help him boost his stat line, it�s hard to imagine him ever becoming a 20-point per game scorer with the Thunder unless an injury to Durant or Westbrook occurs. The real coming out party for Harden might be next year. He�ll be a restricted free agent after the season, and with significant long-term money tied up in Durant, Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder may not have enough cash to keep Harden on board. If Harden were to land on another team as the franchise player or even as the second banana, he�d surely rocket up his value in 2013-14.

2011-12

After showing great promise as a rookie, Harden enjoyed an increased role off the bench with the Thunder in his sophomore season. Going into this year, Harden is widely believed to have the starting shooting guard job in his pocket, thanks to his inspired play in the postseason 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.6 turnovers in 32 minutes per game. Its difficult to get too excited about Hardens potential growth, however, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook requiring so many looks, but the departure of Jeff Green in a trade to the Celtics opened up some possessions for him. At a minimum, Harden should offer well-rounded production with a healthy heaping of three-pointers.

2010-11

Because he averaged only 22.9 minutes per game last season, to understand Harden's production, it's necessary to adjust for the time he didn't spend on the court. With last year's playing time, Harden was an end-of-the-roster type player. But project him at something like 30 or 32 minutes, and Harden becomes a borderline starter in standard-format leagues. No, his scoring wasn't anything special and with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook only improving, it might not become anything special but his three-pointers (1.2 made per game), steals (1.1), and his free-throw shooting (80.8% on 3.2 attempts per game) all project as pretty decent. Of course, there's the question of whether Harden will actually play 30-32 minutes anytime soon. Thabo Sefolosha remains with the team and is also a threat for something like 25-30 minutes per contest thanks to his defensive skills.

2009-10

The Thunder decided to pass on European wunderkind Ricky Rubio with the third overall pick in the draft in favor of Harden to address their perimeter shooting deficiency. Last year at Arizona State, Harden averaged 20.1 points, 4.2 assists, 1.7 treys and 1.7 steals on 48.9-percent shooting from the field. Although he s one of the most NBA-ready prospects in this draft class, Harden still has some holes in his game that he needs to work on namely the ability to create his own shot, his handles and his midrange shooting. Though highly touted and obviously skilled, he will not be guaranteed a spot in the starting lineup this season. As a matter of fact, he will probably be coming off the bench to start the year behind Thabo Sefolosha. Coach Scott Brooks will likely look for Sefolosha to set the early tone and bolster the teams defense, then utilize Harden as an offensive spark off the bench who can spread the floor. Its unlikely Harden will log much more than 22-26 minutes during the first half of the season, so be a bit conservative in setting expectations for him early on. Hell be the player you want to pick up 40 or 50 games in after an impatient owner drops him, not one that you spend one of your first 10 draft picks on.