Valery Likhodey has always been considered one of the most gifted players in Russia and in consideration for a place in the national team but was never picked under previous head coach David Blatt. Likhodey now can be one of those players to take advantage of the rebuilding process in the Russian team. He is a lengthy forward who gets the majority of his points from drives to the basket and spot up threes. The fans love to watch his game because he's one of the most impressive dunkers in the country. He missed the first part of the previous season with a broken nose but managed to get fit by its final stages to help Lokomotiv Kuban win Eurocup and reach the VTB League finals.