James Harden's big off-season has overshadowed his humble beginnings.
The career highlights are a culmination of a journey beginning in the city of Compton. A new commercial for the game NBA 2K16 features Harden's story, going back to his days as a high school and AAU star in Los Angeles.
The ad, narrated by Spike Lee, details Harden's rise from high school stud, to college standout, all the way to franchise centerpiece. It even features some clips of Harden without his trademark beard.
You can check out the commercial here:
NBA 2K16 will be released on Sept. 29.