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2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

31.1

REB

4.9

AST

9.8

STL

1.6

BLK

0.4

2017-18 NBA ROS Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Harden is coming off one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory. While teams across the league were resting star players to keep them fresh, Harden had no intention of sitting out and instead played in 81 of the 82 regular-season games. Nearly averaging a triple-doub...

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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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James Harden Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $228 million extension with the Rockets in July 2017, which starts in 2019-20.

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Harden tallied 21 points (6-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists and eight rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 125-95 victory over the Nuggets.

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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
2016-17 26 HOU 81 36.4 29.1 8.1 11.2 1.5 0.5 3.2 44.0 84.7 5.7 1.2 7.0 9.3 34.7 8.3 18.9 9.2 10.9
2017-18 27 HOU 18 35.8 31.1 4.9 9.8 1.6 0.4 4.3 44.7 86.5 5.1 0.6 4.3 10.8 39.5 9.3 20.8 8.2 9.5
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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 2 34.0 25.0 6.5 8.0 1.5 0.0 3.5 41.7 92.9 5.0 0.5 6.0 9.5 36.8 7.5 18.0 6.5 7.0
Last 14 Days 6 35.7 33.3 5.0 9.5 1.2 0.5 4.2 42.6 92.9 5.0 0.3 4.7 11.2 37.3 9.2 21.5 10.8 11.7
Last 30 Days 14 36.1 32.4 5.1 10.1 1.6 0.6 4.4 45.0 89.1 5.3 0.5 4.6 10.8 40.4 9.4 20.8 9.4 10.5
Last 5 Games 5 35.2 32.4 5.2 9.8 1.4 0.4 3.8 42.3 98.2 5.4 0.4 4.8 10.6 35.8 8.8 20.8 11.0 11.2
Last 10 Games 10 35.8 35.1 5.1 10.3 1.5 0.4 5.0 46.5 89.6 5.1 0.5 4.6 11.7 42.7 9.9 21.3 10.3 11.5

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   James Harden
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Nov 22 DEN 125-95 32 21 8 9 0 0 7 6 16 8 9 1 7 1 7 1
Nov 18 @MEM 83-105 36 29 5 7 3 0 3 9 20 5 5 6 12 0 5 3
Nov 16 @PHO 116-142 35 48 2 7 2 1 5 12 22 18 18 6 11 0 2 3
Nov 14 TOR 113-129 39 38 6 11 0 1 9 8 25 19 19 3 11 1 5 5
Nov 12 @IND 95-118 34 26 5 15 2 0 3 9 21 5 5 3 12 0 5 1
Nov 11 MEM 111-96 38 38 4 8 0 1 3 11 25 10 14 6 14 0 4 3
Nov 9 CLE 117-113 43 35 11 13 5 1 5 8 21 13 14 6 14 1 10 4
Nov 5 UTA 137-110 35 56 2 13 2 0 7 19 25 11 12 7 8 0 2 3
Nov 3 @ATL 104-119 31 29 3 11 1 0 2 8 15 7 10 6 11 1 2 0
Nov 1 @NYK 97-119 35 31 5 9 0 0 7 9 23 7 9 6 17 1 4 5
Oct 30 PHI 107-115 38 29 4 7 4 1 7 8 21 10 12 3 7 1 3 2
Oct 28 @MEM 103-89 34 20 4 8 2 0 3 6 19 6 7 2 9 1 3 3
Oct 27 @CHA 93-109 37 27 10 11 1 0 5 8 18 7 8 4 10 0 10 4
Oct 25 @PHI 104-105 39 27 3 13 1 3 8 10 20 5 5 2 8 0 3 1
Oct 23 MEM 90-98 35 22 5 8 1 0 7 8 20 4 8 2 8 1 4 4
Oct 21 DAL 107-91 31 29 3 7 2 0 5 10 19 3 4 6 13 0 3 5
Oct 18 @SAC 100-105 38 27 3 9 2 0 2 8 21 7 8 4 14 2 1 1
Oct 17 @GSW 121-122 36 27 6 11 1 0 3 10 23 3 4 4 9 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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Also Listed As:  #2 Point Guard, #4 Small Forward

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4.  Chris Paul

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True Shooting Percentage

62.2%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, James Harden has a true shooting percentage of 62.2%.

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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
2016-17 26 HOU 81 36.0 28.8 8.1 11.1 1.5 0.5 3.2 44.0 84.7 5.7 1.2 6.9 9.2 34.7 8.2 18.7 9.1 10.8
2017-18 27 HOU 18 36.0 31.2 5.0 9.9 1.6 0.4 4.3 44.7 86.5 5.1 0.6 4.4 10.9 39.5 9.3 20.9 8.3 9.5
Rest Of Season Projections 28 HOU 63 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season 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
2016-17 26 HOU 81 2947 2356 659 907 121 38 262 44.0 84.7 464 95 564 756 34.7 674 1533 746 881
2017-18 27 HOU 18 645 559 89 177 29 8 77 44.7 86.5 91 11 78 195 39.5 167 374 148 171
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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
2016-17 26 HOU 81 36.4 61.3 52.5 27.6 14.1 2.0 32.4
2017-18 27 HOU 18 35.8 62.2 54.9 24.7 12.7 1.9 30.1
Rest Of Season Projections 28 HOU 63 36.2 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for James Harden
2017-18 Projections 28 HOU 80 36.9 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for James Harden

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

Harden collected 29 points (9-20 FG, 6-12 3PT, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 105-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

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Harden totaled 48 points (12-22 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 18-18 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 142-116 victory over the Suns.

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Harden scored 26 points (9-21 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding 15 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes during Sunday's 118-95 win over the Pacers.

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James Harden accumulated 38 points (11-25 FG, 6-14 3PT, 10-14 FT), four rebounds and eight assists in a 111-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

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Harden tallied 35 points (8-21 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 13-14 FT), 13 assists, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and a blocked shot across 43 minutes in Thursday's 117-113 win over the Cavaliers.

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Harden was excused from Tuesday's practice for personal reasons, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Harden had 56 points (19-25 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 11-12 FT), 13 assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 137-110 win over the Jazz.

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Harden scored 29 points (8-15 FG, 6-11 3 PT, 7-10 FT) to go with three rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 30 minutes in Friday's 119-104 win against Atlanta.

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Harden registered 31 points (9-23 FG, 6-17 3Pt, 7-9 FT), nine assists and five rebounds across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 119-97 win over the Knicks.

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Harden collected 29 points (8-21 FG, 3-7 3 PT, 10-12 FT) to go along with four rebounds, seven assists and four steals over 38 minutes in Monday's 115-107 loss to Philadelphia.

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Harden tallied 27 points (8-18 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Friday's 109-93 victory over the Hornets.

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Harden contributed 29 points (10-19 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 win over the Mavericks.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

While Harden’s 2015-16 campaign was generally considered a disappointment, his counting stats actually improved nearly across the board. Harden upped his scoring from 27.4 points per game to 29.0, while also notching career-best rebound (6.1) and assist (7.5) averages. His shooting numbers were nearly identical to what he deliver the season before, too, though he regressed from 37.5 percent to 35.9 percent from beyond the arc on 8.0 attempts per game. Most criticism directed at Harden lies in his sky-high high-usage rate, but that along with his durability and style of play make his a dream come true, from a fantasy perspective. Last season, Harden joined LeBron James and Michael Jordan as the only players in league history to record at least 2,000 points, 600 assists, 500 rebounds and 100 steals in a single season. Harden nearly accomplished the feat in 2014-15 as well, falling just 41 rebounds and 35 assists short. The 27-year-old is also an excellent free-throw shooter (career 85.5%) who gets to the line at an elite rate. He’s ranked third or higher in free-throw attempts in each of the last four seasons, finishing first three times. Harden’s combination of surplus counting stats and high-efficiency shooting make him arguably the top fantasy player in the league. While players like Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry both have strong cases of their own, no matter how you slice it, Harden is a consensus top-five fantasy commodity.

2015-16

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 aforementioned stats besides GP and MPG were career highs. Adding to his season is that these were all done with extreme efficiency as Harden shot 44 percent from the field, 38 percent from beyond the arc, and 87 percent from the stripe. Squashing any of the criticism that was thrown his way, Harden dramatically improved on defense this past season, and gone are the 20-minute video montages of him zoning out on defense. The Beard easily had one of his best seasons, and he did so even though a lot of his supporting cast (Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley, and Terrence Jones) were not available most of the season due to injury. Also, the Rockets went out and acquired Ty Lawson in a trade from the Nuggets this summer. Lawson looks to add something that the Rockets haven't really had in being a true point guard with the ability to score. Whether or not this will help or hurt Harden remains to be seen, and there probably will be a few growing pains at the beginning of the season. That being said, Harden still is one of the best and most efficient players in the NBA being able to score from anywhere on the court.

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. It’s difficult to get too excited about Harden’s 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 team’s defense, then utilize Harden as an offensive spark off the bench who can spread the floor. It’s 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. He’ll 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.