James Harden was born in Los Angeles, California. He played his high school ball at Artesia High School. He won back-to-back state championships his junior and senior years. James found himself in the national spotlight after an AAU tournament in Vegas where his team defeated Kevin Love's squad to win it all. He committed to Arizona State University for his college career.
After two successful years at Arizona State, James declared for the 2009 NBA draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder scooped him up with the third pick. On a squad with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the speedy young James was given sixth-man duties. James was so good off the bench for the Thunder, he won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010. James got his first taste of championship basketball in the 2012 Finals series. He lost to the LeBron led Miami Heat. The next year he joined the Houston Rockets. This proved to be a match made in heaven as James blossomed into the 2018 MVP. An elite scorer with ridiculous stat lines, James has his Rockets in position to compete for more than a few rings in the years to come.
James loves fashion and often gets fans excited with his choices. He has made Sports Illustrated Magazine’s fashion list and is well-known for his edgy style. He is never one to shirk away from pairing sneakers with a suit if the mood is right. James has received a lot of attention for his signature beard as well. Great examples of his fashion sense include knee length bright red button down trench coats, distressed and faded jeans, well tailored suits, and fashion prints. GQ featured James wearing suspenders with a suit and sneakers.
Harden’s arrival in Houston was the result of contract breakdowns. He felt he was not given enough time to consider the deal OKC offered and the Thunder traded him away before his rookie deal expired.
Harden started growing his trademark beard in 2009 after being too lazy to shave.
This season, James became the first player in NBA history to score a 40-point triple-double in 30 minutes of play.