At some point throughout his career, James Harden is going to contemplate what seems unthinkable—cutting off that beard. He must know, however, that there are other options to be had.
While Harden will unlikely go the entirety of his career with that long, black mane hanging off his face, seeing him with a completely clean chin would be completely jarring.
His beard has created a cult of personality around Harden. People are drawn to him because he looks so different than the rest of the players in the NBA, yet he does it in a seemingly normal way.
Shaving, or even trimming it back down to size, would create a stir throughout the NBA the likes of which would not be able to match the gravity of what actually happened. It would be a complete overreaction, completely devoid of basketball-related substance.
That being said, it would be catastrophic.
However, if Harden were to take a different route and go from the long, thick beard and into a new facial hairstyle, fans might go ahead and attach to his new beard and completely forget about the old one.
With that, let's take a look at what possible transitions Harden could make, and figure out which new styles of facial hair would make for an interesting transition into the future, should he decide to shave.