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James Harden, Before The Beard

You would thinking watching the 21-year-old former Arizona State Sun Devil that James Harden came out of the womb with his natural basketball savvy and that awesome beard. We can't confirm the first, but we have video evidence that beard came later.

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This screen grab comes from a Fox Sports Arizona special on Harden produced a few years ago when the McDonald's All American was preparing to leave high school for his two-year stop in ASU.

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Now look at James, dominating the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter of the 2011 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals and outplaying Russell Westbrook.

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Here's the full video from Fox Sports AZ.