Getting open off the dribble is one of the most valuable skills in NBA 2K22. And while stick skills are still super important to master dribbling, having the right animations is the first thing you need to master.
In this post we break down the best dribble moves in NBA 2K22, with a main focus on primary ball handlers and a slight focus on players with lower ball handling:
Note: Different Dribble Moves are locked behind certain ball handle or speed with ball ratings in 2K22. We will list the required ratings for each dribble move we recommend.
Best Dribble Style
Quick or Shifty. Allows you to chain moves quickly to break down your defender and get buckets, and both pair well with the Hyperdrive and Quick Chain badges to dribble quickly.
Best Signature Size-Up
Steph Curry. Curry’s size-up is quick and gives you a good head start when chaining dribble moves.
Best Moving Crossover
Lebron James is the best if you have 70+ Ball Handle, Jayson Tatum is the best if you have 75+ Ball Handle. If you have neither, Normal is the way you will have to go.
Best Moving Behind-the-Back
Scottie Pippen is the best for 75+ Ball Handle and none of the others are really close. It is the same thing as Pro 3 in past games, which was the best by far. Damian Lillard works as well, but Pippen is still the best.
Best Moving Spin
Basic 1. Simply the best, whether you use the move a lot or not.
Best Moving Hesitation
Kevin Durant if you have 80+ Ball Handle, otherwise Normal.
Best Moving Stepback
Damian Lillard. A move that gets a lot of separation and allows you to get a good boost out of the animation. This move can be deadly with the Space Creator badge.
Best Triple Threat Style
Normal. This is not a move most people use very often, but Normal is the best move we’ve found for the Triple Threat.
Badges you will need to dribble more effectively
Quick Chain to be able to chain dribble moves together, and Hyperdrive to speed up individual dribble moves.