After winning the NBA MVP award in 2017-18, Harden provided a compelling encore in 2018-19. He averaged an NBA-leading 36.1 points per game to go along with 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He finished second in steals per game behind Paul George and his 36.1 points were the seventh-most all time and second-most since 1963-64. Harden set a new career high with 4.8 three-pointers made per game, leading the NBA in total threes (378) and finishing second to Stephen Curry in threes per game (5.1). Harden shot 36.8 percent from behind the arc, matching his second-best percentage since joining the Rockets. He got to the free-throw line for an NBA-leading 858 attempts, comfortably leading that category by 25 percent over the next player. His impressive performance led to a second place finish in MVP voting. Harden led the Rockets to a 53-29 record and a No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. After defeating the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets lost in six games to the rival Golden State Warriors. Harden averaged 31.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.2 steals during the postseason. Among the highlights of Harden's season was a 32-game streak of scoring at least 30 points -- the second-longest streak in NBA history and longest in the shot-clock era. During that stretch of games, he produced 41.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.7 threes.2017
Harden took the NBA by storm during the 2017-2018 campaign. He led the league in scoring, averaging 30.4 points per game. He took the most free-throws (727) as well as the most three-pointers (722). Harden scored a career-high 60 points at Orlando on Jan. 30. He poured in at least 50 points on four different occasions. Harden also finished third in the NBA in dishing, handing out 8.8 assists per contest. Harden tallied four triple-doubles during the regular season. The Rockets finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 65-17. Harden averaged a 28.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.2 steals per contest during the playoffs. Harden was named First Team All-NBA for the second straight year and the fourth time in his NBA career. He won his first MVP award in a landslide over LeBron James.2016
The 2016-17 season was transcendent for Harden as he continued to push his game to new heights. The 6-foot-5 guard played in 81 games for Houston and increased his production in nearly every offensive category. His scoring average of 29.1 points per game was a career high, as was his 8.1 rebounds per contest. Harden assumed point guard duties for the Rockets and not only established his best career mark with 11.2 assists per contest, he led the league in that category. He also ranked fourth by making 3.2 three-pointers per game. Harden led the NBA with 64 double-doubles and ranked second with 22 triple-doubles. He became the first player in NBA history to post a 50-15-15 stat line with an incredible 53-point, 16-rebound, 17-assist performance against the Knicks on New Year's Eve. He notched another 50-point triple-double Jan. 27, totaling 51 points, 13 boards and 13 dimes in a win over Philadelphia. Harden was recognized for his outstanding campaign with a selection to the Western Conference All-Star team, a spot on the All-NBA First Team and a second-place finish in MVP voting. The Rockets again qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. In 11 postseason contests, Harden averaged 28.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.9 steals.2015
Firmly established as one of the league's best players, Harden refused to slow down for the 2015-16 season. He started each of Houston's 82 games and averaged 38.1 minutes per contest. For the second straight season, he established career per-game bests in points (29.0), rebounds (6.1) and assists (7.5). He finished the campaign ranked second in the league in scoring and sixth in dimes. Harden increased his three-point output for the seventh straight season, ranking fourth in the NBA with 2.9 treys per contest. He also continued to rack up steals, averaging 1.7 thefts per game. The Arizona State product totaled 23 double-doubles during the campaign, including three triple-doubles. One of those triple-doubles -- a loss to Detroit on Jan. 20 -- included 33 points, 14 assists and a career-high 17 boards. On March 23, Harden racked up a career-best eight steals while scoring 26 points and dishing 10 dimes against Utah. He scored 50 points in a win over Philadelphia on Nov. 27, adding nine rebounds and eight assists. Harden also played for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game for the fourth straight year. In the February contest, he scored 23 points and nailed seven three-pointers. Harden led the Rockets to the playoffs yet again, though they fell to Golden State in the first round. He averaged 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.4 steals in the five-game series.2014
Harden continued to stake his claim as one of the league's superstars during the 2014-15 season. He played in 81 games for Houston and averaged 36.8 minutes per contest. His scoring output jumped to 27.4 points per game, a career high and the second-best mark in the league. Harden also registered career highs with 5.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest. Defensively, he accomplished another career best with 1.9 steals per game, ranking sixth in the NBA. The 2009 lottery pick established yet another career mark with 2.6 made three-pointers per game to place fifth in the league. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team for the third straight season and poured in 29 points in the February competition. Harden also garnered his second straight selection to the All-NBA First Team. He scored a career-high 50 points against Denver on March 19, then topped that with a 51-point effort versus Sacramento two weeks later. Behind Harden's outstanding play, Houston advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The bearded guard played 17 total postseason games, posting per-game averages of 27.2 points, 5.7 boards, 7.5 assists and 1.6 steals.2013
Harden followed his breakout 2012-13 campaign with another outstanding season in 2013-14. The Arizona State product started all 73 games in which he played for Houston, averaging 38.0 minutes per contest. He ranked fifth in the league with 25.4 points per game and shot 45.6 percent from the field. Harden averaged a career-best 6.1 assists and pulled down 4.7 rebounds per game. He continued to rank among the league's most lethal outside shooters, placing ninth in the NBA by making 2.4 three-pointers per contest. The 6-foot-5 guard also showed exceptional accuracy at the charity stripe, making a career-best 86.6 percent of his free throws. Harden registered his second career triple-double against Philadelphia on Mar. 27, totaling 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He scored a season-high 43 points in a win over the Kings on Feb. 25, draining 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. For his efforts, Harden was named to his second All-Star Game and garnered his first selection to the All-NBA First Team. He also helped lead Houston back to the playoffs, where they fell in a tough first-round series against Portland. In six playoff contests, Harden posted averages of 26.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals.2012
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, OKC traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets. The 6-foot-5 guard immediately slotted into Houston's starting five, where he remained for all 78 games in which he played during the campaign. The move helped Harden boost his output significantly as he averaged career per-game highs in points (25.9), rebounds (4.9), assists (5.8) and steals (1.8). He ranked as the league's fifth-leading scorer while making 2.3 three-pointers per contest, eighth-best in the league. Harden's outstanding season was recognized with a spot in the All-Star Game and a selection to the All-NBA Third Team. In the postseason, Harden averaged 26.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in a first-round loss to his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.2011
Harden's third season with Oklahoma City included increased playing time and numerous career-best marks. He averaged 16.8 points per game and shot 49.1 percent from the field, both career highs. Harden also achieved the best marks of his career in rebounds (4.1) and assists (3.7) per contest. His three-point shooting continued to improve as he made 1.8 treys per game -- another career high -- and shot a career-best 39.0 percent from deep. Harden notched the first 40-point game of his career in a win over Phoenix on Apr. 18, adding seven boards, three dimes and four steals. With Harden functioning as an elite sixth-man, Oklahoma City advanced to the NBA Finals. Though they couldn't bring home the title, Harden did well in the postseason, averaging 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists. For his regular-season achievements, he was named the Sixth Man of the Year.2010
James Harden played in each of Oklahoma City's 82 contests during his sophomore campaign, making five starts. His playing time increased to 26.7 minutes per game. Harden averaged 12.2 points per contest on the season, making 43.6 percent of his field-goal attempts. He also averaged 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Harden continued to develop his outside game, draining 1.4 three-pointers per contest and shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. In the postseason, Harden was a key part of the Thunder's rotation as the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 31.6 minutes in 17 playoff contests and posted per-game averages of 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals.2009
The Oklahoma City Thunder selected James Harden with the third pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Arizona State product played in 76 games as a reserve during his rookie campaign, averaging 22.9 minutes per contest. Harden posted per-game averages of 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals. He also drilled 1.2 three-pointers per game while shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Harden scored a season-high 26 points in a win over the Warriors on Dec. 7. He played in all six games of Oklahoma City's first-round playoff series against the Lakers, averaging 7.7 points over 20.0 minutes per post-season contest. Harden's overall performance was recognized with a selection to the All-Rookie Second Team.
June 25, 2009Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
July 15, 2009Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
October 27, 2012Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets for Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin, a 2013 1st-round draft pick, a 2013 2nd-round draft pick and a 2014 1st-round draft pick.
October 30, 2012Signed a five-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
July 9, 2016Signed a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets; extension of deal signed in 2012.
July 8, 2017Signed a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets.