Möttölä attended the University of Utah in the US. He was selected in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He would play two seasons with the Hawks. After his time with the Hawks, he returned to Europe, playing in Spain with TAU Cerámica of the ACB, then in Italy with Skipper Bologna (2003-2004, reached the Italian Championship finals and Euroleague final) and Scavolini Pesaro (2004-2005), in the Russian SuperLeague with Dynamo Moscow, at the Lithuanian League with Žalgiris Kaunas and in the Greek A1 League with Aris, after signing with the team on July 26 2007. He announced his retirement from basketball on 26 September 2008.