Former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding has been hired as a full-time scout for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA for the 2018-19 campaign. She is just the second former WNBA player to be hired for a full-time scouting position with a NBA team.
Harding, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, joins only Jenny Boucek as she performed advanced scouting work for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006. Other former women’s basketball players that have made the transition to the NBA include Becky Hammon, a San Antonio assistant coach, and Natalie Nakase, a Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach.
After officially retiring as a player in 2017 following nine years in the WNBA, Harding spent last season in the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associates program. Four years ago, Harding worked as an assistant coach on the Toronto Raptors summer league coaching staff.
In the WNBA, Harding competed in 270 contests, while making 210 starts from the 2007 to 2016 campaign. Her teams advanced to the WNBA playoffs in seven of the nine years she played with Minnesota, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Harding held career averages of 9.8 points, 4.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals. She was a WNBA All-Star choice in 2010.
Harding represented Belarus in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil to close out her basketball career.
A native of Houston, Texas, Harding earned both National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 with Duke University. She helped lead the Blue Devils to a 128-12 record, three ACC regular season crowns, two ACC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament with a pair of appearances in the Final Four. The three-time All-ACC and two-time All-America selection also received ACC Player of the Year accolades in 2007 and was the recipient of the Mary Garber Award, an honor presented annually to the top female student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Harding, a three-time member of the ACC’s All-Defense unit and two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, graduated as the school’s all-time leader in assists (579) and closed her tenure with career averages of 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. On January 20, 2008, Harding’s jersey No. 10 was hoisted to the rafters of historic Cameron Indoor Stadium to celebrate her accomplishments. She will be enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21, 2018.