With Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden, currently having one of his best career runs at the moment, fans are getting more curious about his personal life and many wish to see how he looked like without his beard
Although the former MVP is well past his prime, he is not slowing down as seen in his performances in the ongoing series with the Celtics.
How does 76ers James Harden look without a beard and when was the last time he went beardless
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45 points, a career playoff high from playoff James Harden 🔥
The Beard hits the game-winning shot as the Sixers win Game 1 in Boston without Joel Embiid.
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During, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semis, Harden ended up scoring an incredible 45 points. While Games 2 and 3 were forgettable, he brought out another stunning performance in Game 4, scoring 42 points including a late three-pointer. His shots helped his side secure a 116-115 victory.
Besides his obvious skills, Harden’s has always been closely associated with his bearded look throughout his career. In fact, he is even known as ‘The Beard’ amongst some fans.
James Harden with a short beard on draft night
James Harden began his career in the NBA back in 2009, when he first got drafted as a fresh-faced guard straight out of Arizona State. Oklahoma City Thunder picked the 1.96m guard as their third overall pick behind Blake Griffin and Hasheem Thabeet.
Although James Harden had a beard back then, it was comparatively very short. According to various reports from back then, Harden decided to start growing his beard just because he didn’t bother to shave it off.
James Harden without a beard
In order to see how James Harden looks like without a beard, fans will have to look at photos of the former MVP back in his high school days. Growing up, Harden attended the Artesia High School in Lakewood, California, where he even got the title of McDonald’s All-American.
After graduating high school, Harden appeared on the cover of Sporting News’ College Basketball issue without his bear. That same year he again appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated yet again, without a beard. Harden’s beard besides being a part of his iconic look has, also helped him secure contracts and adverting deals.