How much is James Harden worth? $165 million
How did James Harden earn his money and wealth?
James Harden is a professional basketball player under the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is from the United States. He plays for the Houston Rockets at the moment. He was born James Edward Harden Jr. on August 26, 1989, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up with two siblings and he was the youngest child. He attended Artesia High School in Lakewood, California and led his school to win two state titles. Due to her stellar performance, he was named an All-American by both McDonald’s and Parade. He was a part of Pump-N-Run Elite, an AAU team who beat Kevin Love’s Southern California All-Stars in the finals in 2006.
Harden attended Arizona State and played basketball for them. He was selected in the first team of All-Pac-10 in his freshman year along with first team All-District by the NABC and the USBWA. During his sophomore year, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated college basketball preview issue. His name made it to the list of preseason watch list for the Wooden Award.
In 2009 he declared himself for the NBA draft and appointed Rob Pelinka as his agent. He was picked by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. During the 2009-10 season, he recorded the fourth highest 3-point percentage in NBA history especially since he was under the age of 21. In 2012 he was the recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. In 2012, Harden later joined the Houston Rockets after he signed a contract with them for five years and $80 million. In 2014, he was selected as a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game by the head coaches. He signed a contract for an extension of four more years with the Rockets along with a fee of $160 million in 2017. Harden won gold along with his teammates at the 2012 Olympics. He has also been in the winning team of FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014. He was also selected for the 2016 Olympics but he declined to play.
The first ever triple-double of his career came on the fateful day of February 2, 2013, in a match against the Charlotte Bobcats where he registered 21 points, assisted in 11 and recorded 11 rebounds. He later got included as a reserve at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. This move enables him to mark his first All-Star selection. With 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, James Harden contributed in the 143–138 win over the East. His career high remains to be the 46 points he scored in February 20. 2013 when his team registered a 122–119 win over Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden is known for his trademark beard which he started growing in 2009 as he was too lazy to shave. His beard has become so famous that it has made appearances on T-Shirts as well as songs. Harden is the brand ambassador for the sports brand Adidas since 2015. The endorsement deal was worth $200 million and stipulates that he will endorse Adidas for the next 13 years.
What are the career highlights and awards of James Harden?
- NBA Most Valuable Player (2018)
- 6 x NBA All-Star (2013-2018)
- 4 x All-NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
- Olympic Games: Gold (2012)
- World Cup: Gold (2014)
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