Koponen with Finland in 2017
|No. 8 – FC Bayern Munich|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||13 April 1988|
|Listed height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2016–2018||FC Barcelona Lassa|
|Career highlights and awards|
Petteri Johannes Koponen (born 13 April 1988) is a Finnish professional basketball player for Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the EuroLeague. Standing at 1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in), he plays both point guard and shooting guard positions. He was drafted as the 30th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 NBA draft, and his NBA rights are currently held by the Dallas Mavericks.
Tapiolan Honka (2004–2008)
His first club was Malmi Super-Koris ("Malmi super-basketball"), from where he joined one of Finland's top clubs, Espoo Honka in 2004–05 season. Under the guidance of coach Mihailo Pavićević he quickly developed into a key component of Honka's 2006–07 Finnish League 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.
Virtus Bologna (2008–2012)
On 31 May 2012, he signed a three-year contract with the Russian team Khimki. On 27 March 2015, he re-signed with Khimki for two more years. With Khimki he won the 2014–15 EuroCup season, and was also named to the All-EuroCup First Team.
On 16 August 2016, Koponen signed a three-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Barcelona. One month later, he would suffer a traffic accident that caused him a head injury. On June 29, 2018, Barcelona part ways with him.
Bayern Munich (2018–present)
NBA draft rights
On 28 June 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 23 June 2011, Koponen's rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the Mavericks' second round pick in the 2011 draft (57).
National team career
The 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.
|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|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Koponen 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 basket.
- PortlandTrailBlazers.com official site of NBA team Portland Trail Blazers explaining the difference between FIBA assists and NBA assists.
- Bayless, Koponen lead Blazers to Summer League win
- Petteri Koponen Signs with Virtus Bologna
- Petteri Koponen is a new BC Khimki player
- Petteri Koponen extends with Khimki for two more years
- Khimki Moscow Region pockets second Eurocup crown!
- 2014-15 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced
- "Petteri Koponen signed with Barcelona". EuroHoops. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Petteri Koponen under observation following traffic accident". FC Barcelona. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Agreement for the release of Vezenkov, Diagné and Koponen | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- "Bayern signs 3-point specialist Petteri Koponen". FCB Basketball. 24 July 20184. Retrieved 25 July 2018. Check date values in:
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