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Background

Position: Guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
NBA Years: One NBA Season
College: Arizona State
Birthdate: 8/26/89
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Aquired: Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

CAREER AVERAGES
12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in 26.7 mpg (220 career games).

 

2011-12 SEASON AVERAGES
16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 3.7 apg in 31.4 mpg in 62 games

 

2011-12
Received the 2011-12 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award (Harden received 584 of a possible 595 points, including 115 of a possible 119 first-place votes). Leading "bench scorer" in the NBA with a 16.8 point per game average (min. 40 games off the bench). Set a career-high with 40 points (including career-high 12 made field goals) during win over Phoenix on 4/18. By scoring 40 points in a reserve role, Harden becomes the first player to accomplish the feat since Mavs guard Rodrique Beaubois (3/27/10). Set a then career-high with 33 points (11-16 FGs) during Thunder win vs. Charlotte (3/10). Set a career-high with nine assists on 2/1 at Dallas. Scored in double-figures in all but four of his appearances during the season and scored 20+ points on 15 occasions (14-1 record) including two 30-point efforts (2-record) and one 40-point effort (1-0). Led the Thunder in scoring on six times.

 

NBA CAREER
2010-11: Came off the bench to score 10+ points in 27 of the final 29 games of the season (included a career-long 18 game streak 2/15-3/25). Team went 4-1 with Harden in the starting lineup and 7-3 when he scored 20-plus points. Matched a career-high with 26 points on 8-12 FGs during win vs. Phoenix (3/6). Scored 10+ points on 54 occasions. Matched a career-high with six three point field goal makes en route to a team-high 23 points during win at Milwaukee (11/20). Set a career-high with five steals during win at SAC (2/12). Made first career start 11/19 at Boston and scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the win. Recorded a team-high 30 points during the NBA's Rookie Challenge during All-Star weekend

2009-10: Named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team. Recorded the fourth highest 3-point percentage in NBA history (.375) for a player under the age of 21 (minimum of 150 attempts). After missing six games with a strained right hamstring, returned 3/24 vs. Houston and led all reserves with 23 points while converting 3-of-4 three point field goals. Recorded 10+ points in six straight games (1/13-1/22), which marked the longest streak of his career. Posted a career-high with 26 points vs. Golden State on 12/7 to go along with nine rebounds and a teamhigh five assists. Set a then career-high with 25 points (8-11 FG's) vs. Washington (11/20) just one game after setting his previous career-high with 24 points on 6-of-7 3-point shooting (4-of- 4 in the 4th quarter) at Orlando (11/18). During this two game stretch, connected on seven straight 3-point field goals. This tied the NBA record for the most consecutive 3-point makes by a rookie since Michael Dickerson made eight straight for the Houston Rockets (5/4/99-5/5/99). At the time he was one of only two rookies (Brandon Jennings) to score 24+ points in backto- back games. His six made 3-point field goals at Orlando ties a rookie franchise record (Rich Frahm; 12/20/03). Set career-high with four steals (also ties a team season-high) with four steals vs. Washington (11/20). Posted team-high eight assists (matched career-high) in OKC win over the L.A. Clippers (11/11). In OKC win 10/30 at Detroit, recorded career-high eight assists and his three second half assists matched the total for the entire Detroit team. Led Thunder in 3-point shooting accuracy (min 10 attempts) and ranked 6th in rookie class (37.5%; 93-248). Shot 80.8% from the free throw line {2nd on team; 7th among NBA rookies (minimum 30 attempts)}.

 

PLAYOFFS
Appeared in 43 career postseason contests and registered averages of 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 29.9 minutes per game. 2012: Scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the 4th quarter during Game 4's series-clinching victory at Dallas in the First Round. Registered a playoff career-high with 30 points on 10-of 13 shooting in Game 2 at San Antonio is the Western Conference Finals. Leading 103-101, Harden connected on 3-point field goal with 29 seconds left in Game 5 at San Antonio to give OKC a five-point advantage. Scored in double figures on 17 occasions during 2012 postseason. 2011: Led all reserves with a playoff careerhigh 23 points in Game 2 victory vs. DAL. In the second half, went 5-of-6 from the field (14 points), including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Set a playoff career-high with four three-point makes (all in the second half) en route to 17 points and four steals during Game 7 victory in the second round vs. Memphis. Led all reserves with a then playoff career-high 21 points on 5-9 FGs (11-11 FTs) during Game 2 win over Memphis. Scored 10+ points 11 times this postseason, including three efforts of 20+. Led all reserves with 19 points (10-10 FTs) during Game 4 triple OT victory over Memphis.

 

USA BASKETBALL
Won a gold medal as a member of Team USA during the 2012 Olympics in London. Appeared in eight games during the 2012 Olympics and recorded averages of 5.5 points in 9.1 minutes per game.

COLLEGE
As a sophomore, named an AP First-Team All American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He joins Jason Kidd and Mike Bibby in becoming the third sophomore in league history to win the award. Two-time First-Team All-Pac 10 selection. In 69 career games, led ASU in scoring 46 times, assists 29 times and rebounds 21 times. Posted at least 20 points in 34 of 69 games, and ASU was 27-7 in those contests (14-4 in 2008-09). Third Sun Devil in school history to earn Pac- 10 Player of the Year honors, joining Eddie House and Ike Diogu. Became just the fifth player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in scoring (20.1 ppg) and steals (1.69 per game) when he accomplished the feat in 2008-09. Led the league in steals in each of his two seasons and posts 132 in his career. During sophomore season ASU posted record of 25-10. The 25 wins represent the most wins in school history since 1975. 2008-09 (Sophomore): Averaged a Pac-10 leading 20.1 points and was named the conference's Player of the Year. Was named an All-American by various publications, including the AP, Sporting News, Fox Sports and CBS Sports. Led the Pac-10 in 20-point games (18) and steals (1.69 spg). He was eighth in the league with a 4.2 assists per game average. Also averaged 5.6 rebounds. Scored 40 points against UTEP, the fifth-highest mark in school history. Scored 36 points against Oregon. Tallied 32 points and nine rebounds at Baylor. Scored 27 points against Arizona and 24 against Washington in two Pac-10 Tournament victories. 2007-08 (Freshman): Averaged 17.8 points en route to being named to the Pac-10's First Team. Had an ASU freshman record 16 20-point games (tied for third-best in the Pac-10, and included five straight from Dec. 29-Jan. 17, a first for an ASU freshman). His 17.8 points per game is eighth-best in Pac-10 freshman history (fifth in the Pac-10 overall) and he led the Pac-10 with 73 steals. Averaged 18.2 points (tied for fifth) and 5.1 boards in Pac-10 games. Was second on the team with 110 assists, including a 3.5 per game mark in league play. The first freshmen in league history with 70 steals and 17.0 points per game average. Set the Pac-10 tournament record with seven steals against USC (March 13). His 73 steals tied for fourth best in school history and was just three shy of the ASU record of 76 set by Fat Lever in 1981-82. In ASU's four overtimes games (4-0 record), averaged 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

 

High School
Led team to 33-2 record in senior year and second straight state title by averaging 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists en route to earning Trophy-Case Player of the year honors.

 

PERSONAL
Went to the same high school that produced Ed and Charles O'Bannon and Jason Kapono. Enjoys playing video games. Lists his mother as the biggest influence in his life. Favorite movie is Love And Basketball. Favorite food is chicken pasta.

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Vitals

Height: 6'5''/ 1.96m
Weight: 220 lbs./ 99.8 kg
Born: August 26, 1989
From: Arizona State University
Draft: 1st Round (3rd pick) 2009 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  Houston Rockets 2013 - 2013
  Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 - 2012
  Houston Rockets 2012 - 2012
  Oklahoma City Thunder 2009 - 2011
Prior to NBA/Country: Arizona State/USA

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