James Harden is an American professional basketball shooting guard who plays for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. “The Bearded One” was a first-time NBA All-Star in 2013, his first season with the Rockets. Harden played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and reached the 2012 NBA Finals. He won a gold medal on the U.S. national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In October 2012, Harden was traded to Houston and became the cornerstone of the Rockets franchise. He was born on this day in 1989.