Posted November 07, 2012

In Focus: James Harden

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James Harden strikes a memorable pose following his Oct. 27 trade from Oklahoma City to Houston. (Getty Images)

By Andy Gray

What a debut! Rockets guard James Harden, in his first game with the team, recorded 37 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a 105-96 victory over the Pistons. As Houston celebrates its newest star, we look back at Harden’s rise to stardom.

In 2005, Harden competed at the Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ. (Bob Leverone/Sporting News)

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Harden gets ready to check in for Arizona State during a 2009 game against Washington. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Harden points to his new destination during the 2009 NBA draft. (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Harden breaks free for a dunk during Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference finals against the Mavs. (Getty Images)

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Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Harden and Kevin Durant (from left to right) pose during Oklahoma City’s Media Day last month. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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