The Body Transformation of James Harden
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By now, you have probably seen this photo of a shirtless and muscular James Harden from earlier this month. According to NBC Sports, the Beard added about 15 pounds of muscle to his listed 220 pound frame, which has never been known to be one of the most fit in the NBA — especially in the summer.
Remember this photo from the summer of 2013?
In his defense (no pun intended), I think the photo was taken while he was sticking his gut out because he didn’t look this way while playing in the Drew League. Or maybe this really was a case of a camera adding 10 pounds. Then again, in a 2015 article about his improved diet by SI, Harden said he does have a sweet tooth.
“Cookies, ice cream, brownies, hot fudge sundaes,” he says, listing a few special sweet treats. “I like cookies and cream ice cream, and vanilla too.”
So let’s take a journey back to his senior days in high school and watch the transformation of his body and game go from a 185 pound teenager who wasn’t even ranked in ESPN’s Top 20 players in the nation to a 218 pound Sun Devil to a ripped MVP candidate.
(2007) HIGH SCHOOL
(2009 – 2012) NBA
And this is how he’s changed over the years in video games.