James Harden Net Worth

How much is James Harden worth?

Net Worth:$175 Million
Profession:Professional Basketball Player
Date of Birth:August 26, 1989
Country:United States of America
1.96 m

About James Harden

James Edward Harden was born in 1989 and he is one of the most dominant scorers in the history of the NBA. In 2017 Harden signed a four year extension with the Rockets which will see him earning more than any other player in the game, with an average of $57 million dollars per year.

Harden is the youngest of three children. His mother had suffered a long string of miscarriages before she had him. One could say that her determination paid off since James is such an incredible success on and off the basketball court. It was probably her hard-as-steel faith in God that let her carry on. James is a very pious and dedicated Christian himself, saying on multiple occasions that everything he has accomplished he did with the “help of God”.

His trademark, as well as his nickname, is “The Beard”. Harden states that initially, he didn’t plan on it to be some sort of trademark, that he was just too lazy to shave at first. But as his fame grew, the beard stuck. It has even earned him a few endorsement deals and was featured in rap songs. His biggest endorsement deal is with Adidas and it is worth $200 million dollars alone. He also has endorsements with BodyArmor, Electronic Arts and State Farm.

As of 2021, we estimate James Harden has a net worth of $175 million dollars.

Quick Facts

  • Birth Name: James Edward Harden, Jr.
  • Position: Shooting guard
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 220
  • High School: Artesia in Lakewood, California
  • College: Arizona State
  • Birthdate: August 26, 1989
  • Home Town: Los Angeles, California
  • Drafted: 3rd Overall, 2009 NBA Draft

James Harden became a household name during the 2011-12 season when he was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. Since getting traded to the Houston Rockets during the off season of 2012, he has become a top 10 player in the league.

Scouting Report

Strengths: Harden is a well-balanced and crafty basketball player. He’s a student of the game who has no problem passing the ball when necessary or holding onto it when needed. He’s a mature player who plays wise beyond his years; his teammates respect him and his coaches trust him.

Weaknesses: The biggest knock on James Harden’s game has been his inability to show up big in big moments. At just 24-years old, he may still develop a clutch-gene, but it hasn’t happened quite yet.

College Career

Harden spent two seasons at Arizona State and had a wonderful college career. As a freshman Harden averaged 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Unfortunately, his team struggled despite his outstanding season. The Sun Devils went 21-13 and missed the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Although the team finished the season without a tournament berth, Harden’s year did not go unnoticed. He earned first team All-Pac-10 honors and he was named to the conference all-freshman team.

Entering his sophomore season, Harden was being hyped as one of the best players in all of college basketball. Not only did he appear on most preseason All-American lists, he also appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated’s college basketball preview issue.

Individually Harden had another great season as a sophomore. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Thankfully, his Sun Devils had a pretty good season as well. They went 24-9 overall during the regular season which earned them the sixth seed in the South Regional bracket. They defeated Temple in the first round, but lost in the second round to Syracuse, 78-67.

Following the loss, Harden would publicize his plans to enter the 2009 NBA Draft.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-2012)

With the third pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected James Harden. It was the first player to ever be drafted by the franchise as the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the 2008 NBA Draft, the franchise was known as the Seattle SuperSonics.

As a member of the Thunder, Harden consistently improved his game. As a rookie he averaged 9.9 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In his second season, he played every game of the regular season, averaging 12.2 points per game. He also averaged 13 points in the playoffs.

Harden became a household name in 2012 when he averaged 16.8 points and 31.4 minutes per game. With the help of Harden – along with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant – the Thunder made it all the way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately they would lose to the Heat in five games.

Harden would eventually earn the title of 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, the second youngest player to ever do so.

Following the season the Thunder attempted to lock up Harden to a four-year contract extension worth around $55 million. Sadly, the two sides failed to reach an agreement which ultimately led to a trade.

Houston Rockets (2012-present)

The Rockets would acquire Harden from the Thunder for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first round draft picks and a second round pick. Houston management believed Harden was a player they could build around which is why they signed him to a five-year contract extension worth $80 million shortly after the trade.

In his first season with the Rockets, Harden averaged an outstanding 25.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds. He also led Houston to the playoffs after compiling a regular season record of 45-37. Unfortunately, the team would be knocked out by Harden’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in six games.

In the playoffs Harden averaged 26.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Harden and Howard

In the summer of 2013, the Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard, pairing him with James Harden. The Rockets had hoped the two would become one of the most feared duos in the league. Midway through the 2013-14 NBA season, they have not been disappointed.

38 games into the regular season the Rockets had an overall record of 24-14. Harden is averaging 22.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5 rebounds. Meanwhile, Howard is averaging 21.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Despite never playing together before, Howard and Harden showed instant chemistry on the hardwood. The two stars complement each other better than anyone could have predicted.

How did James Harden earn his net worth?

James Harden was selected as the number three pick in the 2009 draft by the OKC Thunder, where he joined two of the leagues most exciting young stars, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. During his time with the Thunder Harden would mostly feature off the bench, as an effective sixth man who would play more minutes than your average starter. During his second season in the league, he averaged 17 points 4 rebounds and 3 assists and was selected as the Sixth Man of the Year. In 2012, he helped his team reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games.

That season would be the last James Harden would play for the OKC Thunder. Harden rejected a contract worth $52 million for four years and, because Thunder was unwilling to pay him the max, Harden was traded to Houston. It is still considered one of the worst trades in the last 30 years. A lot of people were confused why Daryl Morey was giving up so much for James Harden, but Morey knew what he was doing. James Harden would soon show that he is one of the best players in the league.

During his first season with the Rockets, Harden almost doubled his averages. He ended the season with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, which were All-Star numbers. From the next season on, he would be a regular feature at MVP ballots and All-NBA teams. He has let the Houston Rockets to a lot of postseason success, but they are yet to reach the Finals. Many argue that they were a Chris Paul injury away from winning the title in 2019. He was awarded the MVP in 2018 and is one of the few players who has led the league in both scoring and assists. During his NBA career so far, he has made over $150 million dollars.

July 8, 2017 marked the day of the biggest contract in NBA history, a four year extension with the rockets for $228 million dollars. By the end of his contract Harden will have banked over half a billion dollars between his salary and endorsements.

Why is he so famous?

James Harden was a highly touted and successful high school prospect. During his last two years of high school, he led his team to the California state title on both occasions. Due to that success, he became a McDonald’s All American. He decided to commit to Arizona State, but he did have offers from other schools as well. His first year at Arizona State was not as successful as his high school years had been. He was one of the team’s leading scorers, but even if the team was close to making the NCAA National Tournament, they did not make it.

They were in the NIT Tournament, where they got to the third round. His second year was much more successful. There was a lot of hype as well for his second year at Arizona State. A lot of Mock Draft’s as well as magazines had him as a high lottery pick, others thought he was one of the biggest candidates for the National Player of the Year award. He soon showed why. In a game against UTEP, he scored 40 points. He did win the Pac 10 Player of the year and averaged 20 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His team would fall to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

What makes him so successful?

One would not guess it when one looks at the various lowlights when James Harden plays de-fense, but the man is a hard worker. His talents on defense aren’t as good as everybody knows, but his offensive strikes are incredible and we shouldn’t judge him on his lapses alone. It takes a lot of power and stamina to play the way Harden plays. You need to be an excellent dribbler and passer if you are going to drive more than any other player in the game. And you need to have power, balance and endurance to keep up with being fouled, also more than any other player in the game.

Another reason for his success is his supreme offensive talent. Everyone knew that he had something special, but it took a long time until Daryl Morey traded for him. Once he started to play for Houston everyone around the world noticed that he was a special player, a future Hall of Famer and one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA. Sam Hinkie, the GM of the Thunder might draft well, but he really screwed things over with the James Harden trade.


From a good but not great high school recruit to a really good college and NBA player, to a global superstar. There was a lot of doubt as to the potential and the abilities of James Harden. But due to his hard work, and people being willing to take chances on him as the best player on a team, we have gotten to see him blossom into a global basketball superstar. He is still in his prime, and we are hopeful that he will finally get that ring, as well as keep breaking scoring record after scoring record.

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