James Harden Bio And Facts

James Harden

James Harden is a famous basketball player who is known for having a thick beard and elusive style of play. He is a NBA star and has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. Harden went to Arizona State University and is one of the leading recruits to ever play there. Harden was picked third in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder and he was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012 where he has won an MVP Award.

Harden plays point guard and has made it to several playoff rounds but has never won an NBA Final. James Harden is nicknamed the beard and he has received a lot of attention in relation to his thick beard. Harden is originally from Bellflower, California.

  • Birthdate: August 26th, 1989 (26-08-1989)
  • Education: Arizona State University
  • Net Worth: $165 million
  • Occupation: NBA Basketball PLayer
  • Height: 6’5” (1.96 m)
  • Weight: 220 lbs (99.79 kg)
  • Position: Guard
  • Years Active: 2009-present
  • Nicknames: The Beard
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

Basketball Career

James Harden was one of the biggest recruits to ever play for Arizona State University. Harden made a huge difference at the university turning a 8-22 team his freshman year to a NCAA Tournament team in his Junior year. He finished the third ranked basketball player ever from ASU and he became a Pac-10 All-Conference Player his last year.

As the third pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Oklahoma city Thunder selected James Harden. By the 2011-2012 season, Harden was one of the best players on the team, playing with Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook. Harden won NBA Sixth Man of the year award, but the Thunder lost in the playoffs to the Miami Heat in the NBA finals.

In 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets after the teams could not reach a contact agreement. Since the trade, Harden has emerged as one of the best NBA players in the league. In 2018, Harden received the Most Valuable Player award. Since Harden was traded, the Houston Rockets have competed in a number of playoff games, but as of 2020 have not made it to the NBA Finals.

Titles and Awards

James Harden has received a number of awards throughout his basketball career, including awards in high school, college, and in the NBA. In 2018 James Harden won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. This is his most prominent award that he has one but he has many other accomplishments as well. Harden has been a NBA All-Star from 2013-2020, and made his first AlStar appearance just a couple of years into his career. He has also won a number of NBA First team awards and Third team awards.

In 2012 Harden one NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award which is awarded to the best NBA bench player of the season. He was a scoring champion and assist leader as well. In college he was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009, and he won First Team All Pac-10 in 2009 and 2009. His number was retired by Arizona State University.

Personal Life

Harden has two older siblings and was raised as a Christian. In 2009, Harden became too lazy to shave and he eventually grew his beard very long. He is known by his beard and is nicknamed after it. His beards have appeared on t-shirts, songs, and commercials. Harden agreed to an endorsement deal with Adidas in 2015 for the next 15 years worth $200 million.

In 2015, Harden was in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian. Harden became entrenched in a lot of media attention that surrounded the reality tv star and their relationship. The relationship did not last long and Harden, who is soft-spoken, stated that he was relieved by the end of the relationship. Harden has engaged in some philanthropy efforts including 3 The Harden Way Inc. which works to provide higher learning opportunities for youth. Also, in 2017, Harden donated $1 million to support people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

Fun Facts

  • James Harden was nicknamed “Lucky.” Harden found this out after the release of a E:60 Special where his mother indicated that she nicknamed Harden Lucky because she had a series of miscarriages before Harden was bored.
  • Harden had a difficult childhood growing up with just his mother. Harden never had a relationship with his father who was in and out of his life due to a number of drug charge convictions.
  • Harden doesn't do any of his own maintenance on his beard. Only his barber maintains his beard, and harden never used any oils or supplements, making his beard 100% natural.
  • Harden received his nickname, “the beard” because of his beard which he started to grow in college and became thick during his NBA career.
  • Harden has received a number of different awards for his amazing basketball style and play.
  • Harden is the only player since the merger to score at least 30 points in 30 consecutive games.


What number does James Harden wear?

James Harden has worn the number 13 for his entire NBA career. He wore this number on both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. Harden also wore the number 13 in college and after his college career ended, Arizona State University decided to retire his jersey number from use.

Where did James Harden play in college?

James Harden is a NBA basketball player who played college basketball at Arizona State University. He was one of the best players to ever play for Arizona State University and his number was even retired from use at the university. When Harden started his college career, Arizona State was not a NCAA Tournament contender, but by his third and final year, the team made the NCAA Tournament.

What is James Harden's net worth?

James Harden is worth roughly $165 million currently. Harden makes $40 million annually and he even has signed many endorsements earning him even more money. In August, 2015 Harden signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. This deal is worth $200 million, and the deal will last for up to 13 years. He will be paid $415 million a year by Adidas, on top of the yearly salary that he makes from the Houston Rockets.

What teams has James Harden played for?

James Harden is an NBA basketball player who has played for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. In 2009, he was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played there for several years with Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook. In 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Harden to the Houston Rockets after a series of intense contract negotiations.