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26-Year-Old    PG,SF,SG    Houston Rockets

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

29.0

REB

6.1

AST

7.5

STL

1.7

BLK

0.6

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Most of the time, if a player averages less minutes, he doesn't post career highs. That was not the case for the MVP runner-up last season. Harden averaged 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 37 minutes through 81 games played. All of the af...

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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 a four-year, $118.1 million contract extension with the Rockets in July of 2016. Contract includes a $32.51 million player option for the 2019-20 season.

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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
2015-16 25 HOU 82 38.1 29.0 6.1 7.5 1.7 0.6 2.9 43.9 86.0 4.6 0.8 5.3 8.0 35.9 8.7 19.7 8.8 10.2
2015-16 Projections 26 HOU 77 37.4 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 38.6 26.6 5.2 7.6 2.4 0.2 2.6 41.0 84.4 5.2 1.4 3.8 8.4 31.0 8.2 20.0 7.6 9.0
Last 10 Games 10 38.3 30.1 4.2 7.2 1.9 0.3 3.8 45.6 81.7 4.3 1.0 3.2 8.9 42.7 9.8 21.5 6.7 8.2
Last 20 Games 20 40.0 29.8 5.2 8.7 2.1 0.5 3.5 46.2 82.6 4.9 0.7 4.5 8.5 41.2 9.6 20.8 7.1 8.6

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   James Harden
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 27 @GSW 37 35 6 6 2 0 7 12 23 8 9 3 7 3 3 0
Apr 24 GSW 40 18 7 10 7 0 4 4 13 8 10 2 8 1 6 1
Apr 21 GSW 44 35 8 9 2 0 4 11 26 9 11 4 14 2 6 3
Apr 18 @GSW 40 28 2 11 0 1 5 7 19 13 15 1 8 0 2 5
Apr 16 @GSW 32 17 3 2 1 0 6 7 19 0 0 3 5 1 2 4
Apr 13 SAC 30 38 4 4 0 0 1 13 27 7 8 5 10 2 2 3
Apr 11 @MIN 32 34 1 6 0 0 3 12 21 5 7 5 7 0 1 0
Apr 10 LAL 41 40 4 13 4 0 4 14 31 6 8 6 14 1 3 2
Apr 7 PHO 43 30 2 7 2 0 3 10 14 5 7 5 6 0 2 3
Apr 6 @DAL 44 26 5 4 1 2 6 8 22 6 7 4 10 0 5 4
Apr 3 OKC 43 41 4 9 3 1 5 12 25 12 14 5 11 1 3 2
Mar 31 CHI 42 24 4 8 0 2 4 8 20 6 8 2 7 0 4 1
Mar 29 @CLE 44 27 6 8 1 0 4 8 16 8 10 3 8 2 4 2
Mar 27 @IND 44 34 8 8 1 0 5 11 22 8 11 4 11 0 8 1
Mar 25 TOR 42 32 10 13 1 1 7 11 22 7 10 3 7 0 10 3
Mar 23 UTA 42 26 7 10 8 0 5 8 19 8 9 2 6 0 7 3
Mar 22 @OKC 40 24 7 16 4 0 5 7 17 8 8 2 8 0 7 6
Mar 19 @ATL 37 25 6 8 1 1 3 7 17 8 8 3 5 1 5 2
Mar 18 MIN 38 29 5 14 3 0 9 11 20 4 4 3 8 0 5 2
Mar 16 LAC 44 33 5 8 1 1 8 11 23 6 8 5 10 0 5 2
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Mar 14 MEM 25 15 7 8 1 3 5 3 8 7 8 2 5 0 7 1
Mar 12 @CHA 34 12 3 10 2 0 1 2 14 8 9 0 5 1 2 3
Mar 11 @BOS 36 32 3 4 1 1 6 9 19 13 15 1 6 0 3 4
Mar 9 @PHI 41 29 9 8 1 1 4 8 26 13 13 0 8 2 7 4
Mar 6 @TOR 43 40 5 14 1 0 1 11 20 15 19 3 7 0 5 4
Mar 5 @CHI 40 36 5 8 0 0 9 10 26 12 14 4 12 1 4 5
Mar 2 NOP 40 39 12 7 4 1 8 11 24 16 18 1 9 3 9 3
Feb 29 @MIL 40 26 6 9 3 0 4 8 16 7 7 3 7 0 6 3
Feb 27 SAS 41 27 4 2 1 0 5 10 25 4 4 3 8 1 3 2
Feb 25 @POR 46 46 5 8 3 0 5 16 26 10 13 4 9 2 3 5
Feb 23 @UTA 44 42 5 4 2 0 5 16 30 8 10 2 7 1 4 5
Feb 19 @PHO 33 27 10 7 3 1 2 6 16 14 17 1 9 1 9 5
Feb 10 @POR 42 34 9 11 2 0 8 10 20 11 14 3 8 2 7 4
Feb 9 @GSW 40 37 5 5 3 1 1 10 21 11 13 6 10 0 5 2
Feb 6 POR 36 33 8 3 3 1 10 7 18 15 18 4 9 0 8 2
Feb 4 @PHO 36 17 9 6 2 0 4 4 19 7 7 2 9 2 7 2
Feb 2 MIA 35 26 4 14 2 1 3 10 19 3 4 3 8 0 4 2
Jan 30 WAS 37 40 7 11 4 0 2 12 20 10 10 6 9 1 6 5
Jan 29 @OKC 39 33 7 7 2 1 3 8 22 15 17 2 7 0 7 2
Jan 27 @SAS 28 20 3 2 0 1 5 5 10 9 9 1 3 1 2 1
Jan 25 @NOP 41 35 11 8 1 1 2 11 20 10 10 3 5 0 11 4
Jan 24 DAL 36 23 15 10 0 2 2 7 18 6 6 3 10 2 13 1
Jan 22 MIL 34 30 5 8 2 0 2 9 15 7 8 5 8 0 5 2
Jan 20 DET 36 33 17 14 1 0 6 9 22 12 12 3 7 2 15 5
Jan 18 @LAC 40 20 3 8 0 0 3 5 12 8 13 2 7 0 3 4
Jan 17 @LAL 27 31 3 5 0 0 2 10 17 7 10 4 7 0 3 1
Jan 15 CLE 38 11 5 5 3 1 8 2 10 7 7 0 5 0 5 5
Jan 13 MIN 35 27 3 11 1 0 6 8 22 9 11 2 10 0 3 1
Jan 12 @MEM 33 25 5 5 1 0 6 6 13 9 10 4 9 1 4 4
Jan 10 IND 43 21 9 9 1 0 5 8 20 3 4 2 9 0 9 5
Jan 7 UTA 34 33 8 3 2 1 4 13 25 7 10 0 7 2 6 1
Jan 4 @UTA 42 30 5 7 0 1 8 9 25 8 9 4 12 2 3 3
Jan 2 @SAS 30 17 2 3 1 0 5 6 10 3 3 2 5 1 1 3
Dec 31 GSW 34 30 5 5 3 0 3 8 19 9 9 5 10 0 5 5
Dec 29 ATL 39 26 10 8 1 0 7 6 16 11 12 3 6 0 10 3
Dec 26 @NOP 34 25 6 5 1 0 2 8 21 4 4 5 11 1 5 4
Dec 25 SAS 38 20 4 9 0 1 4 7 21 4 5 2 6 0 4 3
Dec 23 @ORL 40 31 3 7 1 0 3 12 18 5 6 2 4 0 3 2
Dec 21 CHA 35 36 5 7 0 1 4 9 16 16 19 2 7 1 4 4
Dec 19 LAC 34 18 5 11 0 1 5 4 13 10 10 0 4 0 5 4
Dec 17 @LAL 36 25 6 6 1 1 3 7 24 9 10 2 9 2 4 2
Dec 15 @SAC 36 33 7 6 1 0 7 10 18 9 12 4 8 1 6 2
Dec 14 @DEN 34 24 3 6 3 0 2 9 20 1 3 5 8 1 2 1
Dec 12 LAL 32 30 3 3 3 0 2 11 21 5 5 3 5 0 3 2
Dec 9 @WAS 40 42 9 7 2 2 7 13 23 11 12 5 9 2 7 4
Dec 8 @BKN 35 10 3 9 3 0 7 2 9 5 6 1 5 0 3 2
Dec 5 SAC 36 31 2 9 0 1 5 6 14 14 16 5 6 0 2 4
Dec 4 @DAL 36 25 8 9 1 2 4 10 23 4 5 1 6 1 7 1
Dec 2 NOP 38 24 10 6 1 1 0 7 20 9 10 1 8 0 10 1
Nov 30 @DET 42 29 9 7 2 0 5 6 15 15 17 2 4 1 8 4
Nov 29 @NYK 45 26 7 9 2 0 2 10 28 6 10 0 7 3 4 2
Nov 27 PHI 40 50 9 8 0 0 9 14 28 16 20 6 12 2 7 2
Nov 25 MEM 41 40 5 5 3 1 4 12 19 11 11 5 9 1 4 2
Nov 21 NYK 38 24 7 10 3 2 3 8 20 5 5 3 4 1 6 3
Nov 20 @MEM 36 22 6 5 2 2 6 7 15 7 8 1 7 0 6 1
Nov 18 POR 47 45 8 11 5 1 5 11 29 19 20 4 15 1 7 2
Nov 16 BOS 30 16 1 3 0 0 4 4 10 4 4 4 7 0 1 4
Nov 14 DAL 42 25 7 10 2 1 6 5 21 14 14 1 6 3 4 4
Nov 13 @DEN 38 28 8 5 3 2 4 9 19 9 11 1 5 0 8 4
Nov 11 BKN 38 23 9 6 1 0 4 8 22 4 5 3 10 0 9 2
Nov 7 @LAC 40 46 4 2 1 0 7 14 26 13 14 5 10 0 4 4
Nov 6 @SAC 42 43 6 13 2 0 7 13 23 13 16 4 10 2 4 0
Nov 4 ORL 44 28 7 4 0 0 7 6 22 14 17 2 11 2 5 5
Nov 2 OKC 38 37 5 3 3 2 2 12 26 9 11 4 12 0 5 1
Nov 1 @MIA 39 16 6 7 3 1 5 2 15 12 14 0 10 0 6 2
Oct 30 GSW 37 16 7 5 1 1 4 4 18 7 8 1 10 2 5 2
Oct 28 DEN 36 22 6 6 2 2 3 6 21 8 9 2 12 1 5 2
James Harden Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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James Harden – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #3 Point Guard, #6 Small Forward

1.  James Harden

2.  Eric Gordon

3.  K.J. McDaniels

4.  Corey Brewer

5.  Trevor Ariza

Houston Rockets

True Shooting Percentage

59.8%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, James Harden has a true shooting percentage of 59.8%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2015-16

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What Is True Shooting Percentage?

True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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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
2015-16 25 HOU 82 36.0 27.4 5.8 7.1 1.6 0.6 2.7 43.9 86.0 4.3 0.7 5.0 7.6 35.9 8.2 18.6 8.3 9.6
2015-16 Projections 26 HOU 77 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for James Harden

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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
2015-16 25 HOU 82 3125 2376 501 612 139 51 236 43.9 86.0 374 63 438 657 35.9 710 1617 720 837
2015-16 Projections 26 HOU 77 2881 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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
2015-16 25 HOU 82 38.1 59.8 51.2 20.6 12.6 1.6 27.8
2015-16 Projections 26 HOU 77 37.4 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for James Harden

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

Harden announced Friday that he won't participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Harden had 35 points (12-23 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during the Rockets' 114-81 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday.

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Harden scored just 18 points (4-13 FG, 8-10 FT, 2-8 3Pt) to go along with 10 assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals in 40 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors.

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Harden scored a game-high 35 points (11-26 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 9-11 FT) and added nine assists, eight rebounds, and two steals over 44 minutes in Thursday's 97-96 Game 3 victory over the Warriors.

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Harden had 28 points (7-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 11 assists, two rebounds, and one block in 40 minutes during the Rockets' 115-106 Game 2 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

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Harden recorded 17 points (7-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and six turnovers during 32 minutes in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors.

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Harden scored 38 points (13-27 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four assists, and four rebounds across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 116-81 win over the Kings.

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Harden had 34 points (12-21 FG, 5-7 3Pt), six assists, and one rebound in 32 minutes during the Rockets' 129-105 win versus the Timberwolves on Monday.

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Harden exploded for 40 points (14-31 FG, 6-8 FT, 6-14 3Pt) to go along with 13 assists, four rebounds, and four steals across 41 minutes during Sunday's win over the Lakers.

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Harden scored a game-high 30 points (10-14 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go with seven assists, two rebounds, and two steals over 43 minutes in Thursday's 124-115 loss to the Suns.

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Harden finished with 26 points (8-22 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocked shots in 44 minutes during Wednesday's 88-86 loss to the Mavericks.

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Harden had 41 points (12-25 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 12-14 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, three steals, and one block in 43 minutes during the Rockets' 118-110 win against the Thunder on Sunday.

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2015-16

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2014-15

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, while playing 38 minutes per game. Although the loss of Chandler Parsons in free agency initially felt like it might sting a bit, the Rockets bounced back with the signing of Trevor Ariza, so the starting lineup didn't take as big of a hit as originally thought, and the team will still have a decent shooter to open the lane for Harden to drive to the hoop. Harden also continued his consistent shooting last season by slightly improving his field goal percentage from 44 percent in the 2012-13 season, to 46 percent last season. While his field goal percentage increased, it stayed the same from behind the arc, as he shot 37 percent from deep for the second season in a row. Look for Harden to continue to get plenty of shots up again this season, and post scoring averages in the mid to upper 20's, as most of the roster is pretty similar to last year, and the Rockets will be in the playoff hunt once again. While it seems strange to say, Harden could carry an even larger load on offense this season with Jeremy Lin having been traded to the Lakers this offseason.

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.