perjantai 31. toukokuuta 2013
keskiviikko 22. toukokuuta 2013
|No. 9 – Union Olimpija|
|Point Guard-Shooting Guard|
|Born||September 9, 1980 (age 32) Turku, Finland|
|Listed height||6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|League||Euroleague ABA League Slovenian League|
|2007–2009||Khimki Moscow Region|
|Career highlights and awards|
On July 31, 2012, he returned to Union Olimpija, after playing two seasons for them earlier in his career.
Euroleague career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Petteri Koponen playing for Honka in 2007
|No. 8 – Khimki|
|Born|| April 13, 1988 (age 25)
|Listed height||6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Mäkelänrinne High School, Helsinki|
|NBA Draft||2007 / 1st round, 30th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
VTB United League
FinlandHis first club was Malmi Super-Koris ("Malmi super-basketball"), from where he joined one of Finland's top clubs, Espoo Honka. This happened for the 2004-05 season. Under the guidance of coach Mihailo Pavicevic he quickly developed into a key component of Honka's 2006-07 Finnish Championship-winning side. During the 2006-07 campaign Koponen averaged 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. The number of assists may sound small, but in Finland assists are harder to come by than in the NBA because of the difference in FIBA rules, and the league leader had an average of only 5 assists.
Koponen began his mandatory military service in the Lahti Military Academy in October 2007, participating in a special military service built for professional athletes such as Finnish tennis player Jarkko Nieminen. The Finnish League 2007-08 season began slowly, with Koponen trying to adapt to the military recruit training. Koponen struggled a lot in the opening month of the season, but found his rhythm in November, recording 21.4 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game while draining 55.6% of his 2-point attempts, 45.8% of his 3-point attempts and 81.0% of his free throws. In the first game of December, Koponen played through a concussion and led the Honka Playboys to an overtime victory over Team Componenta, scoring 32 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists. After the game, the concussion forced Koponen to be sidelined for a week.
NBAKoponen played in the World All-Star team at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007. He recorded 7 points and 6 assists with only one turnover, playing against future NBA super star , MVP Derrick Rose.
On June 28, 2007, Koponen was taken 30th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the final first-round pick in the draft. Philadelphia then traded Koponen to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for their number 42 pick, Vanderbilt University swingman Derrick Byars, and cash considerations.
On July 14, 2008, Koponen had by far his most exciting performance. In a Las Vegas Summer League game against the Washington Wizards, Koponen scored 19 points, shooting 4-for-6 on three-point attempts. .
On June 23, 2011, Koponen was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the Mavericks' second round pick in the 2011 draft (57).
He has never played in the NBA.
Back to EuropeIn August 2008 he signed a four-year deal with Virtus Bologna in Italy. On May 31, 2012 he signed a three-year contract with BC Khimki in Russia.
Finnish national teamThe summer of 2006 was Koponen's coming-out party. First, he played very well in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship B-level competition, leading the Finnish team to third place by losing just one game. After that he was promoted to the senior men's Finnish national team. He showed no fear as he played like a veteran and got to play quite a lot. His best game was against the small country Luxembourg national basketball team; he scored 19 points and handed out 7 assists.
Koponen was a main contributor in the Finnish men's national team in the summer of 2007. Finland earned a spot in European Division A after crushing the Romanian national basketball team in a deciding game by a score of 111-61. Koponen averaged 10.6 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.3 minutes a game with the national team. Just days before the national team campaign tipped off, Koponen announced he would return to the Honka Playboys for one more season.
Player profileKoponen is known for his agility and passing skills. He is at his best in transition, being equally adept at distributing the basketball and attacking the goal.
|Born||September 9, 1976 (age 36) Helsinki, Finland|
|Listed height||6 ft 10.25 in (2.09 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2000 / 2nd round, 40th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Pro career||2000–2008; 2009–present|
|Atlanta Hawks (2000–02) TAU Cerámica (2002–03) Skipper Bologna (2003–04) Scavolini Pesaro (2004–05) Dynamo Moscow (2005–06) Žalgiris Kaunas (2006–07) Aris Thessaloniki (2007–08) Torpan Pojat (2009-present)|
Möttölä attended the University of Utah in the U.S. where he played college basketball. After graduation, he was selected in the second round, with the 40th overall pick, in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played two seasons with the Hawks. After his time with the Hawks, he returned to Europe, playing in Spain with TAU Cerámica of the ACB, then in Italy with Skipper Bologna (in the 2003–04 season his team reached the Italian championship finals and Euroleague final) and Scavolini Pesaro (from 2004 to 2005), in the Russian Super League with Dynamo Moscow, in the Lithuanian league with Žalgiris Kaunas and in the Greek A1 league with Aris, after signing with the team on July 26, 2007.
He announced his retirement from basketball on 26 September 2008, but decided to return to basketball just nine months later. In September 2009 Möttölä signed with the Finnish team Torpan Pojat.
Finnish National Hockey League (NHL) players, Jarkko Ruutu and Tuomo Ruutu, are Möttölä's second cousins.
- Aris inks big men Mottola and Agadakos
- Hanno Mottola of Finland retires
- El pívot finés ha decidido regresar a la competición tras nueve meses de retiro (in Spanish)
- Tuomo Ruutu; ihanfinaalissa.fi (Finnish)