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Hand Down Man Down

Shooting open shots has been one of the most important facets of shooting in recent NBA 2K games, as contested shots almost always result in a miss. Hand Down Man Down aims to boost open shots even more.

What is Hand Down Man Down?

This badge is new for NBA 2K23 and increases a player’s chances of making a shot when their opponent does not put a hand up to contest a shot. Hand Down Man Down is in the shooting category of badges.

Who should equip Hand Down Man Down?

The answer is highly dependent on which tier this badge falls into. It will clearly provide some benefit to shooters, but there may be several other more effective badges for most players.

Comeback Kid

While comebacks are far from the norm in any NBA 2K game, they are some of the more exciting experiences most players have. The easiest way, of course, to make a comeback is to make a ton of jumpshots and play good defense.

Comeback kid aims to help you score more easily when down, as this new badge for NBA 2K23 improves a player’s ability to shoot outside jumpers when their team is trailing. It is in the shooting category of badges.

Who should equip Comeback Kid?

We don’t expect this badge to be game breaking or even that useful in most settings. However, if it is in the lowest tier and the other options are not very good, Comeback Kid may be a good badge to throw a few extra points on.


There is a more-than-sizable numbers of players in all game modes whose sole jobs is to sit in one spot on offense and wait for a pass to shoot. While Catch and Shoot helped them in past games, the Claymore badge will help them even more in NBA 2K23.

What is the Claymore badge?

Claymore is new for NBA 2K23 and increases a spot up shooter’s shooting ability the longer they remain stationary before shooting. It is in the shooting category of badges.

Who should equip the Claymore badge?

Obviously, corner and hash spot up shooters are the main beneficiary of this badge and should equip this regardless of Tier. While we will see how effective the badge will be in game, we expect to see a noticeable benefit that renders it necessary for many spot ups.


Badges such as Tireless Shooter and Tireless Scorer have attempted to help players shoot when their stamina is low. Although the badge disappeared for 2K22, a new version appears in NBA 2K23: Amped.

What is the Amped badge?

Amped is a new badge for NBA 2K23 and reduces the shooting attribute penalties when fatigued and when moving excessively before shooting. It is in the shooting category of badges.

We will have information on which Tier this badge resides and the required attributes in upcoming days.

Who should equip Amped?

Off dribble shooters who iso to score would benefit the greatest from using Amped. While we will see how effective the badge is in game, we expect it to be a good choice at one of the lower tiers of shooting badges.

Middy Magician

Shooting out of the midrange used to be overpowered as far back as NBA 2K19, but has lost its luster as 3PT hunting has become the norm in recent games. Middy Magician hopes to change that for NBA 2K23.

What is Middy Magician?

Middy Magician is a new badge for NBA 2K23 and improves a player’s ability to make midrange jumpers off the bounce or out of the post. It is in the shooting category of badges.

Although it does not seem like Difficult Shots is out of NBA 2K23, we assume Middy Magician will work similarly while also incorporating post fades. We will have more information on the required attributes and Tier in coming weeks.

Who should equip Middy Magician?

While we fully expect to see three point shooting to dominate NBA 2K23, this badge could be quite lethal if it is in either of the lower tiers. Many players may not benefit greatly from this badge, but some players could really dominate in 2s.

Agent 3

Players who cant hunt for 3’s off the dribble in NBA 2K are some of the most valuable players in the game. Defending them is almost impossible, too, which means a lot of free buckets if they can time their shots correctly.

In NBA 2K23, the new badge Agent 3 helps these players become even more effective by improving their ability to hit difficult 3PT shots off the dribble. This badge is in the Shooting category of badges.

Who should equip Agent 3?

Agent 3 is the perfect badge for ball handlers and three hunters. Regardless of which tier this badge ends up in, it is going to be a must-have for most shooters who want to take over from beyond the arc.


It’s been frustrating that bigger players get bodied by smaller defenders when going up for a finish in the paint. In NBA 2K23, the Bully badge aims to fix this increasingly infuriating, yet fequent occurrence.

What is the Bully badge?

Bully is a new badge for NBA 2K23 and increases the ability to finish strong in the paint by bulldozing through traffic. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

2K lists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James are perfect examples of this badge, and while we have to see the effectiveness of the badge during gameplay, we expect to see some sort of benefit provided by this new badge.

Who should equip Bully?

Bigger slashers are the target audience of this badge, as they’ll hopefully be able to finally use their size and weight to their advantage in the paint.

We will know which Tier of finishing badges Bully is in soon, but if the badge is even somewhat effective, it could be one of the best badges for slashers of all kinds.

Aerial Wizard

Whether it’s in the pick-and-roll or the fastbreak, Alley-Oops are an integral part of NBA 2K to get easy buckets in the paint. In NBA 2K23, you’ll get a boost to this ability by equipping Aerial Finisher.

What is the Aerial Finisher badge?

Aerial Wizard is a new badge for NBA 2K23 and increases the ability to successfull finish alley-oops and putbacks. It is in the finishing category of badges.

As of now, it seems like this badge will increase your timing window when finishing either an alley-oop or putback. We will have the official attributes required to unlock the badge in coming weeks.

Who should equip Aerial Finisher?

Bigmen who run the PnR and are thrown lops frequently would certainly benefit the most from this badge, in addition to slashers who cut to the paint. This is most likely going to be a Tier 3 badge, and it may end up being one of the best in this category.


Masher is a new badge for NBA 2K23 and increases the ability for players to finish layups over defenders in the paint. It is in the finishing category of badges.

While we will wait to see which tier of badges Masher is included in, and what level of attributes are needed to equip it, this badge seems like a must for bigs who have struggled to finish in the paint in recent versions of the game.

NBA 2K23 Dunking Controls

NBA 2K23 adds in a bevy of new controls to give you more control over how your player dunks the ball. In this post, we break down all the controls you’ll need to know to master dunking in 2K23.

Note: All of these controls trigger when you are holding down the sprint button (right trigger) when heading to the basket, and you only need to time certain dunks:

  • Two-Hand Dunk: Up on the Right Stick
  • Strong /Dominant Hand: Right on the Right Stick
  • Weak/Non-Dominant Hand: Left on the Right Stick
  • Rim Hang: Down on the Right Stick
  • Flashy Two-Hand: Up-Up on the Right Stick
  • Normal Skill Dunk with Meter: Up-Down on the Right Stick
  • Rim Hang Skill Dunk with Meter: Down-Down on Right Stick

We will have to see which animations are included within each category, but it seems like the safe and simple Two-Hand Dunks are going to reign supreme in 2K23.