Petteri Koponen: NBA Draft Profile

    
May 15th, 2007

NBA Draft: Petteri Koponen

 

Team: Espoon Honka

Birth Year: 1988

Stats: Finnish League Stats

 

Position: PG

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 194lbs

 

Accolades: Nike Hoop Summit (07).

 

Scouting Report: An inexperienced, yet highly talented Finnish point guard.

 

Strengths: A winner – helped Honka win the 2007 Finnish League Championship.  Played a strong game against the top U.S. high school players at this year’s Hoop Summit.  Great passer.  Can beat his man off the dribble and dish to an open teammate.  Good three-point shooter.  Great free throw shooter.  Jerry West scouted him in Finland and commented on his “very high basketball IQ” and compared him to Steve Nash.

 

Weaknesses: Needs to take better care of the ball – averages almost as many turnovers as assists.  Very young, especially for a point guard.  Very inexperienced – the Finnish League is not one of the world’s top leagues.  Needs to get stronger.

 

Projected 2007 Draft Range:  Early second round pick.

 

Consensus:  Koponen is a very skilled and exciting NBA prospect.  While he is still probably a couple of years away from contributing at the NBA level, he has a very solid package of skills and should only improve as his body and game matures.

 

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