One of the toughest things to do in NBA 2K is to find the best jumpshot. You can spend hours looking for the best one and still come up empty, or find one you like and it simply fails to perform.
In this post we break down the best jumpshots in this year’s game, broken into the best jumpshots for current gen, next-gen, and for big men:
Best Current Gen Jumpshots
- Jumpshot 98: Still the best for the third straight year, as this jumpshot is quick, easy to time, and smooth. For an upper release, we recommend Rudy Gay or Release 7.
- Ray Allen: The best catch-and-shoot jumpshot that is quick and easy to time off the catch. Underrated by many, but is dominant in the right hands. We recommend Carmelo Anthony or Klay Thompson for the upper release.
- Stephen Curry. Curry’s jumpshot is always a W in 2K. Smooth, relatively quick, and super easy to time. And it’s perfect as is, as the Steph Curry upper is perfect for this base.
Best Jumpshots for Next-Gen
- Ray Allen: The best catch-and-shoot jumpshot that is even better on Next-Gen than current. Same story as above, we recommend Carmelo Anthony or Klay Thompson for the upper release.
- Dante Exum: The dominant release of 2K21 is still good on 2K22. While Allen is better as of now, Exum is a release you may be comfortable with from last year. The Dante Exum upper is probably best for this base, as well.
- Dwayne Wade: A Base 98 clone that is great on Next-Gen. Very Quick, easy to time, but doesn’t get you a lot of separation off the floor. Best upper releases we’ve found are Release 7, Carmelo Anthony, or even Wade’s upper.
Best Jumpshots for Big Men
- Jumpshot 38: A jumpshot from the past that is still great on both generations. While it’s not as dominant as in 2K20, the slim pickings big men get allow this jumpshot to reign at the top of this list.
- Jumpshot 3: Another smooth jumper that is a tad bit slower than 38. Smooth and easy to time, we recommend Release 7 for the upper release.
- Best Dribble Pull-Up: Stephen Curry is quick and smooth, while Normal is a bit slower but gets you more space on fades. Both are great.
- Best Free Throw: Rick Barry’s granny-style free throw. But seriously, most free throw animations will get the job done at the line, even funny-looking ones.
- Best Hop Jumper: Stephen Curry. Quick, gives you a wide array of moves, and is super smooth overall.
- Release Timing: 75% speed is probably best for most guards, but 100% is necessary for big men or competitive guards.
- The Truth about Jumpshots: If you spend enough time with any jumpshot (even odd ones), you’ll more than likely master it. This list only compiles the ones that have worked best for me and other 2K players.