Portland Trail Blazers fans are always keen to hear news on Finnish sensation, Petteri Koponen. The 6’4″ point guard is one of the overseas legion of Blazer players that have been put into cold storage by Kevin Pritchard & Co until they are ready for action in the big league. Drafted #30 in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was immediately traded to Portland and had an impressive showing in that year’s Nike Hoop Summit where he compared favourably against the likes of OJ Mayo and Derrick Rose.
The only extended showing that Blazers fans have had was in the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League where he showed his dynamic scoring and passing abilities. Will he be in a Portland uniform any time soon? The jury is still out on that — and this interview video does little to shed more light on his current status, with his answer being “when I’m ready.”
Koponen currently plays for Virtus Bologna and represents his national team.