Hanno Möttölä

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Hanno Möttölä
Hanno Mottola.jpg
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1976-09-09) 9 September 1976 (age 37)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Listed height 6 ft 10.25 in (2.09 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College Utah (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro playing career 2000–present
Career history
2000–2002 Atlanta Hawks
2002–2003 TAU Cerámica
2003–2004 Skipper Bologna
2004–2005 Scavolini Pesaro
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow
2006–2007 Žalgiris Kaunas
2007–2008 Aris Thessaloniki
2009–2013 Torpan Pojat

Hanno Aleksanteri Möttölä (born 9 September 1976) is a Finnish professional basketball player. Möttölä previously played for the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA), in the power forward position, where he became the first player from Finland to play in the NBA.

Möttölä attended the University of Utah in the United States where he played college basketball under coach Rick Majerus. 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 26 July 2007.[1]

He announced his retirement from basketball on 26 September 2008,[2] but decided to return to basketball just nine months later.[3] 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.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aris inks big men Mottola and Agadakos
  2. ^ Hanno Mottola of Finland retires
  3. ^ El pívot finés ha decidido regresar a la competición tras nueve meses de retiro (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Tuomo Ruutu; ihanfinaalissa.fi (Finnish)

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