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James Harden
Shooting Guard–Houston

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As the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, James Harden joined a young nucleus of players in Oklahoma City that included Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In his three seasons in OKC he was one of the best reserves in the league, and in 2012, he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. After failing to reach a contract extension following their 2012 NBA Finals loss to Miami, Harden was traded to Houston. The team gave him "franchise" money in hopes that Harden would be the centerpiece they needed to return to championship form, but plenty of people questioned whether or not he could be that type of player. Harden quickly silenced his critics as he tallied 37 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals in his first game with Houston; it was clear he had the ability to be elite. "I can do a variety of things, so if something isn't going well on a particular night I have a few things to fall back on – whether it's my shot, getting to the rim, or creating offense from my defense," says Harden.

 

In his first full season as a starter, Harden was fifth in the league in scoring, made the All-Star Team, and took Houston to the playoffs for the first time since the '08-'09 season. Despite losing in the first round to his former team, Harden once again showed he was a franchise player as he averaged 26.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 2 steals in the five games. Expectations on Harden and the team will be high this year after acquiring seven-time All-Star Dwight Howard in the offseason.

 

When it comes to shoes, Harden needs something that will cater to his unique style and abilities. The Nike Hyperdunk 2013 seems to fit that bill. The Dynamic Flywire of the Hyperdunks provides super-lightweight stability, so as Harden cuts, the high-strength cables tighten and wrap his foot in a supportive, yet flexible way. The Lunarlon cushioning offers a soft and responsive base for his foot that allows Harden to be ultra-explosive as he elevates off the floor. The Lunarlon midsole also provides a soft landing, so his feet don't get worn down through the long NBA season.

 

"I need a shoe that's lightweight, durable, comfortable, and allows me to change directions quickly. I need something that can keep up with my speed on the court."

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