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James Harden

28-Year-Old        Houston Rockets

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

30.4

REB

5.4

AST

8.8

STL

1.8

BLK

0.7

2017 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 produced 32 points (12-29 FG, 2-13 3Pt, 6-8 FT), six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block in 42 minutes during Monday's 101-92 loss to Golden State.

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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 72 35.4 30.4 5.4 8.8 1.8 0.7 3.7 44.9 85.8 4.4 0.6 4.8 10.0 36.7 9.0 20.1 8.7 10.1
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 NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
  Most Popular Fantasy Basketball Stats Additional Stats
Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 39.6 26.6 5.0 6.4 2.6 0.8 2.2 38.8 88.9 5.2 1.0 4.0 10.8 20.4 9.0 23.2 6.4 7.2
Last 10 Games 10 36.8 26.8 5.1 6.1 2.3 0.5 2.3 40.4 88.7 4.6 0.8 4.3 10.0 23.0 9.1 22.5 6.3 7.1
Last 20 Games 20 36.1 27.9 5.2 7.1 2.1 0.7 3.1 41.5 87.0 4.2 0.8 4.4 9.8 31.3 8.9 21.5 7.0 8.1

 

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
May 28 GSW 92-101 43 32 6 6 4 1 5 12 29 6 8 2 13 1 5 2
May 26 @GSW 115-86 40 32 7 9 3 0 9 10 24 8 9 4 12 2 5 4
May 24 GSW 98-94 39 19 3 4 2 0 6 5 21 9 9 0 11 0 3 2
May 22 @GSW 92-95 43 30 4 4 3 2 2 11 26 5 5 3 12 2 2 3
May 20 @GSW 126-85 33 20 5 9 1 1 4 7 16 4 5 2 6 0 5 2
May 16 GSW 127-105 34 27 10 3 1 0 4 9 24 6 6 3 15 0 10 3
May 14 GSW 106-119 35 41 4 7 1 0 4 14 24 8 10 5 9 1 3 4
May 8 UTA 112-102 35 18 4 4 2 0 3 7 22 3 4 1 7 1 3 3
May 6 @UTA 87-100 36 24 4 3 4 0 8 8 22 7 8 1 7 0 4 3
May 4 @UTA 92-113 30 25 4 12 2 1 1 8 17 7 7 2 8 1 3 1
May 2 UTA 108-116 36 32 6 11 2 0 2 9 22 12 13 2 10 2 4 5
Apr 29 UTA 110-96 37 41 8 7 1 0 3 12 26 10 11 7 12 1 7 2
Apr 25 MIN 122-104 38 24 5 12 2 2 3 8 21 4 4 4 11 1 4 2
Apr 23 @MIN 100-119 33 36 4 3 4 1 1 12 26 7 7 5 11 0 4 4
Apr 21 @MIN 121-105 36 29 7 7 1 0 4 9 21 8 10 3 8 0 7 2
Apr 18 MIN 102-82 31 12 4 7 3 3 3 2 18 7 8 1 10 0 4 2
Apr 15 MIN 104-101 41 44 4 8 2 0 3 15 26 7 9 7 12 2 2 2
Apr 11 @SAC 96-83 Did Not Play
Apr 10 @LAL 99-105 31 21 4 10 1 1 6 6 15 6 6 3 7 1 3 0
Apr 7 OKC 102-108 36 26 4 9 1 1 5 7 16 9 12 3 8 0 4 5
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Apr 5 POR 96-94 34 24 6 7 1 0 8 7 13 7 10 3 6 1 5 0
Apr 3 WAS 120-104 34 38 10 9 1 1 3 12 18 9 10 5 8 1 9 1
Apr 1 @SAS 100-83 36 25 3 8 0 0 5 8 19 8 8 1 6 1 2 5
Mar 30 PHO 104-103 38 28 8 10 2 1 4 8 21 11 17 1 8 0 8 1
Mar 27 CHI 118-86 Did Not Play
Mar 25 ATL 118-99 30 18 10 15 2 0 2 6 15 5 5 1 7 0 10 2
Mar 24 NOP 114-91 30 27 6 8 1 1 9 11 24 2 2 3 11 0 6 0
Mar 22 DET 100-96 40 21 8 5 2 2 3 4 20 13 18 0 8 0 8 2
Mar 20 @POR 111-115 33 42 6 7 0 0 4 13 25 11 15 5 7 0 6 3
Mar 18 @MIN 120-129 37 34 4 12 2 1 4 9 18 14 14 2 9 0 4 2
Mar 17 @NOP 101-107 38 32 11 8 2 0 2 11 28 6 8 4 13 4 7 2
Mar 15 LAC 101-96 34 24 5 7 1 1 3 7 16 8 9 2 8 2 3 3
Mar 12 SAS 109-93 29 28 6 6 0 0 3 6 17 14 14 2 11 2 4 3
Mar 11 @DAL 82-105 Did Not Play
Mar 9 @TOR 108-105 33 40 2 4 0 1 4 15 22 6 7 4 8 0 2 1
Mar 7 @MIL 99-110 35 26 5 6 4 1 5 8 20 7 7 3 10 0 5 2
Mar 6 @OKC 112-122 36 23 5 11 4 1 10 8 13 6 7 1 3 0 5 4
Mar 3 BOS 123-120 38 26 7 10 5 1 4 6 18 11 13 3 12 2 5 2
Feb 28 @LAC 92-105 33 25 3 7 2 1 4 7 14 8 9 3 10 0 3 4
Feb 26 @UTA 85-96 35 26 11 5 4 0 6 8 13 9 12 1 5 1 10 1
Feb 25 @DEN 114-119 37 41 8 7 1 0 5 11 20 13 16 6 10 1 7 2
Feb 23 MIN 120-102 34 31 2 9 2 0 4 8 25 12 12 3 10 0 2 2
Feb 14 SAC 100-91 35 28 9 9 2 1 6 7 19 9 11 5 15 0 9 2
Feb 13 @MIN 108-126 36 34 6 13 0 1 1 10 20 8 9 6 10 0 6 2
Feb 11 DAL 104-97 34 27 6 5 2 1 3 6 19 11 12 4 13 0 6 1
Feb 9 DEN 130-104 27 28 7 11 0 0 5 7 16 9 11 5 11 1 6 2
Feb 7 @MIA 101-109 36 41 4 6 3 1 4 13 25 10 12 5 12 0 4 2
Feb 6 @BKN 113-123 34 36 4 5 0 1 2 11 23 10 10 4 10 0 4 4
Feb 3 @CLE 88-120 31 16 6 9 2 0 4 5 16 5 5 1 11 0 6 2
Feb 1 @SAS 91-102 37 28 2 11 1 2 3 10 20 3 3 5 12 0 2 1
Jan 30 ORL 114-107 46 60 10 11 4 1 5 19 30 17 18 5 14 2 8 2
Jan 28 PHO 113-102 38 27 10 8 2 1 6 8 21 8 12 3 11 3 7 1
Jan 26 @NOP 115-113 34 23 5 11 2 1 4 5 16 12 14 1 9 0 5 4
Jan 24 @DAL 97-104 33 25 5 13 1 1 1 9 16 1 2 6 10 1 4 1
Jan 22 MIA 99-90 35 28 2 5 2 2 6 10 26 3 4 5 13 0 2 2
Jan 20 GSW 116-108 35 22 2 8 2 2 6 8 16 1 2 5 9 0 2 1
Jan 18 MIN 116-98 26 10 2 7 2 2 2 3 15 3 3 1 5 1 1 1
Jan 15 @LAC 113-102 Did Not Play
Jan 12 @PHO 95-112 Did Not Play
Jan 10 POR 121-112 Did Not Play
Jan 8 @CHI 107-116 Did Not Play
Jan 6 @DET 108-101 Did Not Play
Jan 4 GSW 114-124 Did Not Play
Jan 3 @ORL 98-116 Did Not Play
Dec 31 LAL 148-142 41 40 2 11 2 2 1 10 20 17 21 3 8 0 2 2
Dec 29 @WAS 121-103 29 20 1 4 1 1 5 7 14 5 6 1 4 1 0 1
Dec 28 @BOS 99-98 39 34 6 10 2 0 8 7 27 15 15 5 15 0 6 4
Dec 25 @OKC 112-107 39 29 8 14 2 1 1 7 18 12 14 3 11 1 7 0
Dec 22 LAC 118-128 41 51 4 8 3 0 8 15 28 15 16 6 14 0 4 6
Dec 20 LAL 116-122 43 51 3 9 1 1 6 15 27 17 21 4 6 0 3 5
Dec 18 UTA 120-99 38 26 6 6 2 1 5 6 17 10 10 4 12 0 6 2
Dec 16 MIL 115-111 39 31 6 5 0 1 3 8 21 11 14 4 10 0 6 4
Dec 15 SAS 124-109 33 28 7 6 2 1 5 6 18 14 16 2 11 0 7 2
Dec 13 CHA 108-96 31 21 4 8 1 1 3 8 22 2 2 3 10 0 4 3
Dec 11 NOP 130-123 35 26 1 17 6 0 3 8 16 6 9 4 10 0 1 3
Dec 9 @POR 117-124 37 48 8 3 3 0 2 16 29 12 14 4 7 1 7 2
Dec 7 @UTA 101-112 35 29 6 3 1 0 3 8 19 9 9 4 12 0 6 2
Dec 3 @LAL 95-118 35 36 4 9 2 0 4 13 22 6 7 4 9 1 3 3
Nov 29 IND 118-97 35 29 8 10 1 0 1 8 22 9 9 4 12 2 6 2
Nov 27 BKN 117-103 36 37 10 8 2 2 4 13 20 3 4 8 13 0 10 2
Nov 25 NYK 117-102 37 37 2 10 3 0 1 12 27 8 10 5 13 0 2 1
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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#1 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #2 Point Guard, #5 Small Forward

1.  James Harden

2.  Eric Gordon

3.  Gerald Green

4.  James Ennis

5.  Joe Johnson

6.  R.J. Hunter

7.  Rob Gray

Houston Rockets

True Shooting Percentage

61.9%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, James Harden has a true shooting percentage of 61.9%.

Projected True Shooting % in 2017-18

There are no 2017-18 true shooting percentage stats available for James Harden.

What Is True Shooting Percentage?

True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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 72 36.0 30.9 5.5 8.9 1.8 0.7 3.7 44.9 85.8 4.4 0.6 4.9 10.2 36.7 9.2 20.5 8.8 10.3
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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 72 2549 2191 389 630 126 50 265 44.9 85.8 315 41 348 722 36.7 651 1449 624 727
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James Harden NBA Advanced Stats
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  Advanced Stats
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 72 35.4 61.9 54.1 23.2 11.6 2.0 30.1
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James Harden: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Harden had 32 points (10-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.

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Harden tallied 19 points (5-21 FG, 0-11 3Pt, 9-9 FT), four assists, three rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Thursday.

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Harden provided 30 points (11-26 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks across 43 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

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Harden posted 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt 4-5 FT), nine assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 33 minutes during Houston's 126-85 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Sunday.

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Harden supplied 27 points (9-24 FG, 3-15 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 34 minutes during Houston's 127-105 win over the Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series.

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Harden delivered 41 points (14-24 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 8-10 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday's 119-106 loss to the Warriors.

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Harden finished with 18 points (7-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 112-102 victory over Utah.

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Harden finished with 24 points (8-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 36 minutes during Sunday's 100-87 victory over Utah.

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Harden posted 25 points (8-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 12 assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 30 minutes during Houston's 113-92 victory over the Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series.

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Harden had 32 points (9-22 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 12-13 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 116-108 loss to Utah.

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Harden accounted for 41 points (12-26 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 10-11 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Houston's 110-96 win over the Jazz in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series.

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Harden finished with 24 points (8-21 FG, 4-11 FG, 4-4 FT), 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over Minnesota.

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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.