Houston Rockets 2015-2016 Player Profile: James Harden

By Eric Spyropoulos
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Sep 23, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets James Harden gets Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) autograph after throwing out the fist pitch before the Houston Astros play the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year again. The NBA season is nearly upon us. The Houston Rockets begin their preseason on October 6th. With that in mind, it’s time to take a closer look at the players on this year’s team and how they have done recently and what they can contribute in the 2015-2016 season. First on the list is the 3x all-star, 2x all-NBA first team, MVP runner-up, James Harden.

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After being traded to the Houston Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder shortly before the 2012-2013 season, it didn’t take long for James Harden to become the face of the franchise for the Rockets. Harden was the perfect fit for Daryl Morey’s system, a player who loved to get to the line, shoot threes, and limit shots from the mid-range.

The Rockets then acquired Dwight Howard a season later, and the duo has worked on chemistry and leadership since then, culminating in a trip to the Western Conference Finals this past season. The Rockets return much of the same squad as last season, but a new arrival in the form of point guard Ty Lawson may change Harden’s role on a nightly basis.

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