Harden re-signs with Sixers | Philadelphia 76ers





PHILADELPHIA – JULY 27, 2022 – Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed 10-time All-Star and 13-year NBA veteran James Harden. Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Today I celebrate alongside Sixers fans around the world as we announce that James Harden – former MVP, 10-time All-Star and three-time scoring champion – has re-signed with the team,” said managing partner Josh Harris. “James stands out as an elite playmaker and feared goalscorer, and his commitment to the team reflects his dedication to bringing a championship to this city. We recognize that winning a title is no small feat, but I’m proud of the work our organization has done during the offseason and I look forward to the season ahead.

Acquired by the 76ers in a five-man trade from the Nets on Feb. 10, 2022, Harden averaged 22.0 points (0.410 FG, 0.330 3FG, 0.877 FT), 7.7 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 37.2 minutes in 65 games played (all starts) between Brooklyn and Philadelphia in 2021-22. The 13-year-old veteran was one of two NBA players to total at least 1,400 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists last season, making him the fifth player in league history to accomplish this feat three times (Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Russel Westbrook).

Philadelphia’s starting rosters featured a league-best 20.2 net rating after Harden joined the team.

“That’s where I want to be. That’s where I want to win, and I think we have the elements to achieve that,” Harden said. “Since my first day with the 76ers organization, the he team and the fans have helped me feel at home here in Philadelphia. I’m excited to build on last season and can’t wait to get out there with the guys and start this journey.

Harden posted a total of 442 points, 149 rebounds and 220 assists in his 21 games with the 76ers. He is the only player in league history to reach such totals in his first 21 outings with a new team. He also did it with the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21.

Last season, Harden passed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and moved up to third all-time in three-pointers. He also had 11 triple-doubles last season, which were third in the NBA. For his career, Harden has the eighth most triple-doubles in league history with 69.

“I couldn’t be happier with James’ decision to commit to our organization. Over the past two years, we have taken important steps towards our ultimate goal of becoming champions,” said 76ers head coach Doc Rivers. “James shares our desire to win a title, and he believes that being a 76er gives him the best opportunity to do so. . Together, we will work tirelessly to achieve our goal.

In total, Harden has played in 942 games (728 starts) with Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Houston and Oklahoma City and is averaging 24.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

“James Harden is one of the greatest players in NBA history and a future Hall of Famer. His mission is to win an NBA title and we are thrilled to have him continue that journey here in Philadelphia. ‘one of the best goalscorers and passers to ever play, and his knowledge of the game allows him to dissect defenses and improve everyone around him,” Morey said. “James’ commitment to winning continues to resonate. throughout our organization, and I believe we have only scratched the surface of what is possible in his partnership with Joel and this talented team. It’s an exciting time for our franchise.”

Prior to last season with the Nets and 76ers, Harden spent nine seasons (2012-21) with the Rockets. Meanwhile, Harden was named the 2017-18 NBA MVP after leading the NBA in points per game (30.4) and finishing third in assists (8.8). He was also among the top three voters for the award every season from 2016-20. Harden ended his Houston career as the franchise’s all-time leading three-pointer (2,029), free throws (5,554 ) and assists (4,796) while ranking second in team history with 18,365 total points and third with 1,087 steals.

Harden, a three-time NBA champion (2018-20) and NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2011-12), is one of four players in league history to have at least three seasons with a averaged at least 20 points, five rebounds and 10 assists. The only other players to do so more than once are Russell Westbrook (five times) and Hall of Famers Magic Johnson (three times) and Oscar Robertson (five times). His 36.1 points per game average in 2018-19 was the second-highest by any player since the start of the 1970-71 season, behind Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s 37.1 average in 1986-87.

A member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, Harden helped lead the 76ers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance.