The Breakdown: Reasons to love James Harden

JENNI CARLSON Published: June 27, 2009
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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.