When James Harden's current contract with the Houston Rockets expires in the summer of 2023, The Beard will have made $318,414,771 in NBA money, per Spotrac.

Harden entered the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. He made $4,004,160 in his rookie season while averaging 9.9 points per game. The lefty finished his rookie contract by making $4,304,520 in Year 2, $3,706,270 in Year 3 and $5,820,416 in Year 4.

However, the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets after his third season. The California native signed a five-year, $78.78 million rookie-scale extension with the Rockets. The contract kicked in during the 2013-14 campaign. Harden made $13,701,250 that year.

During the 2014-15 season, Harden earned $14,728,844 and led the Rockets all the way to the Western Conference Finals. The All-Star guard made $14,728,844 the following season before signing a massive four-year, $118 million maximum contract extension with the Rockets.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Harden made $26,540,100 and averaged 29.1 points per game.

The money kept on coming in for James Harden since he continued tearing up the league with his scoring prowess. The Rockets signed him to a four-year, $171 million Designated Veteran Player Extension in the summer of 2017. The superstar shooting guard made $28,299,399 in 2017-18. That’s the season Harden won the MVP trophy by averaging 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists.

In 2018-19, Harden once again led the NBA in scoring. He made $30,421,854. The future Hall of Famer was set to make $38,199,000 in 2019-20 before games were suspended due to COVID-19. Harden was averaging 34.4 points per game for the Rockets.

In 2020-21, James Harden is scheduled to make $41,254,920. He'll make $44,310,840 in 2021-22 and has a player option worth $47,366,760 for the 2022-23 season. Harden has career NBA averages of 25.1 points, 5.3 boards and 6.3 assists. It's incredible to think about how much he's improved since winning that 2012 Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Thunder.