Finnish Basketball Player of the Year

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The Finnish Basketball Player of the Year is an annual award that is given to the best basketball player (male or female) with Finnish citizenship. Finnish players that are playing anywhere in the world, qualify for the award. The award is voted on by Finnish sports journalists. The award was first given in 1948. Hanno Möttölä has won the most player of the year awards, with eight.

A female player has been chosen for the award three times. The first female selection was Hilkka Hakola, who won the player of the year award in 1956. Pekka Markkanen and Lauri Markkanen are the only father and son combination to win the award. The most recent player of the year winner is Lauri Markkanen, his third win in a row.

Finnish Players of the Year[edit]

Raimo Lindholm (on the right) was a six time Player of the Year.
Seppo Kuusela (#13) was a two time Player of the Year.
Hanno Möttölä was an eight time Player of the Year.
Teemu Rannikko was a five time Player of the Year.
Petteri Koponen is a seven time Player of the Year.
Lauri Markkanen first won the award in 2017.
Year Player of the Year Team
1948 Kalevi Heinänen Elannon Isku
1949 Kalevi Heinänen Elannon Isku
1950 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1951 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1952 Timo Suviranta Pantterit
1953 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1954 Timo Suviranta Pantterit
1955 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1956 Hilkka Hakola Helsingin Visa
1957 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1958 Raimo Lindholm Työväen Maila-Pojat
1959 Seppo Kuusela Pantterit
1960 Seppo Kuusela Pantterit
1961 Timo Lampen Lahden NMKY
1962 Timo Lampen Lahden NMKY
1963 Kari Liimo Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1964 Kari Liimo Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1965 Kari Liimo Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1966 Jorma Pilkevaara Torpan Pojat
1967 Jorma Pilkevaara Torpan Pojat
1968 Jorma Pilkevaara Torpan Pojat
1969 Kari Liimo Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1970 Kari Liimo Turun Riento
1971 Kari Liimo Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1972 Kalevi Sarkalahti Helsingin Kisa-Toverit
1973 Jorma Pilkevaara Turun NMKY
1974 Kalevi Sarkalahti Playboys
1975 Kalevi Sarkalahti Playboys
1976 Kalevi Sarkalahti Playboys
1977 Anssi Rauramo Torpan Pojat
1978 Anssi Rauramo Torpan Pojat
1979 Risto Lignell Pantterit
1980 Risto Lignell Pantterit
1981 Lea Hakala Lahden Sampo
1982 Heikki Kasko Hyvinkään Tahko
1983 Jouko Heikkinen Hongikon Nuorisoseuran Urheilijat
1984 Heikki Kasko Torpan Pojat
1985 Pertti Marttila Kotkan TP
1986 Kari-Pekka Klinga Torpan Pojat
1987 Sakari Pehkonen Helsingin NMKY
1988 Larry Pounds Kotkan TP
1989 Pekka Markkanen Hongikon Nuorisoseuran Urheilijat
1990 Larry Pounds Kotkan TP
1991 Larry Pounds Kotkan TP
1992 Anja Bordt Karhun Pojat
1993 Pekka Markkanen Hongikon Nuorisoseuran Urheilijat
1994 Kari-Pekka Klinga Torpan Pojat
1995 Martti Kuisma Helsingin NMKY
1996 Pekka Markkanen Torpan Pojat
1997 Hanno Möttölä University of Utah
1998 Hanno Möttölä[1] University of Utah
1999 Hanno Möttölä University of Utah
2000 Hanno Möttölä Atlanta Hawks
2001 Hanno Möttölä Atlanta Hawks
2002 Hanno Möttölä Atlanta Hawks / TAU Cerámica
2003 Teemu Rannikko[2] Roseto Basket / Scavolini Pesaro
2004 Hanno Möttölä[3] Skipper Bologna / Scavolini Pesaro
2005 Hanno Möttölä Scavolini Pesaro / Dynamo Moscow
2006 Teemu Rannikko Olimpija Ljubljana
2007 Teemu Rannikko Olimpija Ljubljana / Khimki
2008 Petteri Koponen Espoon Honka / Virtus Bologna
2009 Teemu Rannikko Khimki / CB Granada
2010 Teemu Rannikko CB Granada / Pallacanestro Varese
2011 Petteri Koponen Virtus Bologna
2012 Petteri Koponen[4] Virtus Bologna / Khimki
2013 Petteri Koponen[5][6] Khimki
2014 Petteri Koponen Khimki
2015 Petteri Koponen Khimki
2016 Petteri Koponen[7] Khimki / FC Barcelona
2017 Lauri Markkanen[8] University of Arizona / Chicago Bulls
2018 Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls
2019 Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls

Number of awards won by player[edit]

Rank Player Awards won Years Won
1. Hanno Möttölä 8 1997–2002, 2004–2005
2. Petteri Koponen 7 2008, 2011–2016
3. Kari Liimo 6 1963–1965, 1969–1971
3. Raimo Lindholm 6 1950–1951, 1953, 1955, 1957–1958
5. Teemu Rannikko 5 2003, 2006–2007, 2009–2010
6. Kalevi Sarkalahti 4 1972, 1974–1976
6. Jorma Pilkevaara 4 1966-1968, 1973
8. Lauri Markkanen 3 2017–2019
8. Pekka Markkanen 3 1989, 1993, 1996
8. Larry Pounds 3 1988, 1990–1991
11. Kalevi Heinänen 2 1948, 1949
11. Heikki Kasko 2 1982, 1984
11. Kari-Pekka Klinga 2 1986, 1994
11. Seppo Kuusela 2 1959–1960
11. Timo Lampén 2 1961–1962
11. Risto Lignell 2 1979–1980
11. Anssi Rauramo 2 1977–1978
11. Timo Suviranta 2 1952, 1954
18. Anja Bordt 1 1992
18. Lea Hakala 1 1981
18. Hilkka Hakola 1 1956
18. Jouko Heikkinen 1 1983
18. Martti Kuisma 1 1995
18. Pertti Marttila 1 1985
18. Sakari Pehkonen 1 1987

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