James Harden has gained some muscle in the offseason.
Last year, James Harden had the best season of his career.
The 6’5″ combo guard averaged 29.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game. Harden put up a career high 22 triple-doubles and became the first player ever to score and assist on 2,000 points in a single season.
The Beard also finished second in MVP voting to Russell Westbrook, a close race that could’ve swung either way.
Harden has been just as eventful in the offseason, too. He starred in Travis Scott’s “Way Back” music video and joined forces with new teammate Chris Paul in Los Angeles for the Drew League. It was also recently announced that James Harden is the cover athlete for NBA Live 18.
Through the constant chaos, Harden has obviously found plenty of time to hit the weight room.
Harden showed off a picture of himself working out in Guangzhou, China looking quite chiseled. The Bearded one weighed in at 220 pounds last season, and he appears to have lost some weight and added about 5 to 10 pounds of muscle.
James Harden has only missed 15 games in his five-year career as a Rocket. He’s been a model of reliability and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Now that Chris Paul will assume a portion of the point guard duties, Harden could find himself matched up with bigger wings. Last season, Harden led the league with 881 free throw attempts. Such contact can take a toll and a stronger physique will help to lessen the blow on his body. Although, Harden’s usage percentage and minutes per game could drop with Paul in town.
The Houston Rockets could have the best team in the past decade, and our best player is in the shape of his life.