Teemu Rannikko

Teemu Rannikko (born September 9, 1980) is a Finnish professional basketball player. He is 1.89 m (6' 2 ​12") tall, and he weighs 88 kg (195 lbs.). He mainly plays at the point guard position. At his peak, he was known as a good scorer and a steady defender.

Teemu Rannikko
EuroBasket 2017 Greece vs Finland 70.jpg
Rannikko with Finland, during EuroBasket 2017.
Vilpas Vikings
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueKorisliiga
Personal information
Born (1980-09-09) September 9, 1980 (age 39)
Turku, Finland
NationalityFinnish
Listed height6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2002 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–present
Career history
1996–2000Piiloset
2000–2002Reggiana
2002–2003Roseto
2003–2005VL Pesaro
2005–2007 Olimpija Ljubljana
2007–2009Khimki
2009–2010Granada
2010–2012Varese
2012–2013Olimpija Ljubljana
2013–2017Kataja
2017–presentVilpas Vikings
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Born in Turku, Finland, Rannikko made his breakthrough when he transferred to Scavoloni Pesaro, in 2004–05, and he made his EuroLeague debut that season. He had his most successful seasons over the next two years in Union Olimpija, where he was one of the key players for the team that played in the EuroLeague. In 2007–08, he moved to BC Khimki, where he played his first season as a sixth man successfully, but in the second season, an injury stopped Rannikko from breaking through, and he moved again after two years in Khimki. He spent the next three seasons in CB Granada and Pallacanestro Varese. On July 31, 2012, he returned to Union Olimpija, where he mostly played off the bench, so he later moved to his home club Kataja.[1]

In 2013, Rannikko returned to Finland, when he signed with Joensuun Kataja. In the 2014–15 season, Rannikko was named the Korisliiga MVP and Korisliiga Finals MVP, after he was a member of Kataja's first championship team in history.

In 2017, Kataja won the Korisliiga again, after beating Vilpas Vikings 4–2 in the league's finals, and Rannikko won his second Finals MVP award.[2]

National team careerEdit

Rannikko was a long-time member of the senior Finnish national basketball team. With Finland, he played at the 2011 EuroBasket, the 2013 EuroBasket, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and the 2017 EuroBasket.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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.

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2004–05 Scavolini Pesaro 19 6 18.1 .333 .316 .864 1.3 1.2 1.1 .0 4.3 4.3
2005–06 Union Olimpija 14 14 31.4 .445 .364 .865 2.1 3.1 1.4 .1 12.8 14.5
2006–07 13 11 31.4 .395 .368 .800 1.4 3.3 1.1 .0 14.6 13.8
2012–13 9 0 17.5 .231 .235 .900 0.7 2.4 0.1 .0 2.8 2.3
Career 55 31 24.6 .388 .344 .836 1.4 1.2 1.0 .0 8.6 8.8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Union Olimpija brings back Rannikko". Euroleague. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Rannikko Korisliigan finaalien MVP, Nikkarinen arvokkain pelaaja" (in Finnish). Basket.fi. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  3. ^ Teemu RANNIKKO (FIN).

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