James Harden left his mom a note when he was 12 years old predicting that he'd be an NBA star

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Although James Harden's 2014-15 season ended without a championship or MVP award, he still had one of the best years in recent memory, averaging 27 points, five rebounds, and seven assists per game while leading the Rockets to second place in the Western Conference.

With a dominant season, finishing second in MVP voting, and a new $200 million deal with Adidas that just kicked in this October, Harden has cemented himself as one of the NBA's biggest stars.

This is apparently what Harden always envisioned, however.

In a profile of Harden for ESPN, Pablo S. Torre says that Harden predicted he would be a star when he was just 12 years old, in a note he wrote to his mother. It read:

"Could u wake me up at 7:00?

"And could u leave me a couple of dollars?

"P.S. Keep this paper. Imma be a star."

Torre notes that Harden left his autograph between the second and third lines.

SI's Lee Jenkins also mentioned this same note in a profile he wrote on Harden last season. Jenkins says that Harden's mother keeps the note and has brought it with her in each house she's lived in since raising Harden in California to following him to Houston.

Harden's turn as a star has taken some time, of course. Jenkins wrote that Harden's high school coach had to help develop Harden into the player he is today. One such method involved persuading Harden to get to the free throw line by offering him cheeseburgers for every six free throws he took in a game.

Harden also caught a break when the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't offer him a max. contract, instead trading him to the Houston Rockets where he's become of the league's best scorers and playmakers.

Nonetheless, Harden had confidence that everything would break just right, and he's been proven correct.

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OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 18: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Arizona State's James Harden reacts after getting a dunk in overtime of a consolation round game against LSU in the EA Sports Maui Invitational basketball tournament in Lahaina, Hawaii, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007. Harden scored 23 points as Arizona State defeated LSU 87-84 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Arizona State's James Harden talks to the media during a news conference in Miami, Saturday, March 21, 2009, as his team prepare for a second-round of NCAA basketball tournament game. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie guard James Harden looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 102-93 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden and official Marc Davis in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats forward D.J. White, left, defends during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 18, 2011. Oklahoma City defeated Charlotte 99-82. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals basketball series against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Oklahoma City. The Mavericks won 93-87. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden shoots against the Detroit Pistons in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Oklahoma City won 99-79. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden gestures to the crowd following a basket against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunderâs James Harden, left, receives the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award from Kia's Percy Vaughn, right, during a basketball news conference in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Harden led all bench players in scoring this season by averaging 16.8 points on a career-best 49 percent. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden (13) and Russell Westbrook (0) laugh during an interview at their NBA basketball media day in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Houston. Houston won 117-101. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
West Team's James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots as East Team's LeBron James, left, and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat defend during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) leaves the court after making the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left in an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Houston. The Rockets won 96-95. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Houston Rockets' James Harden shoots during practice before their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) reacts after making a three-point base against the New Orleans Pelicans during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Houston. The Rockets won 107-98. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden warms up before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass over Brooklyn Nets forward Alan Anderson (6) during the second half of their NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in New York. The Nets defeated the Rockets, 105-96. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Houston Rockets' James Harden poses during media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Rockets' James Harden in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic (44), of Croatia, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in New York. Houston beat Brooklyn 113-99. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden shoots during practice before the start of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) reacts after hitting a shot during the first half of Game 5 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden drives to the basket during the second half of Game 3 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden speaks after Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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