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The Breakdown: Reasons to love James Harden

JENNI CARLSON Published: June 27, 2009
James Harden has yet to play one second for the Thunder, but already, there are reasons to love the team’s first pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

1. His bowtie: Harden stepped out on a fashion limb at the draft, but he looked sharp. It showed some personality.

→2. His mama: Monja Willis has worked for the phone company for 28 years. That’s some serious dedication and a great example for her son.

→3. His number: Harden has worn No. 13 since high school. No fear. Then again, his nickname has always been "Lucky.”

→4. His presence: Listening to him talk after the draft, Harden sounded mature beyond his 19 years.

→5. His beard: Not the norm for hot-shot basketball players. Harden isn’t afraid to be different and have some fun.

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