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 we’ve found from many hours of gameplay, broken down into the best jumpshots for guards, swings, and big men:
For the first time, each individual jumpshot release and base has their own set of ratings to determine their strengths and weaknesses. They are the following:
- Shot Speed – How quick the shot is.
- Release Height – How high the arc of the shot is released.
- Defensive Immunity – How effective the shot is against defensive contests
- Timing Impact – Adjusts shot windows.
Of course, you want a higher letter grade on each. But lower-rated shooters will only get shots with lower Timing Impacts, which is fine considering you only get a small boost from a higher Timing Impact rating.
Best Jumpshots for Guards
Guards under 6’5″ are spoiled when it comes to jumpshots this year, as they have the quickest and smoothest available to them. Here are the best jumpshot bases we’ve found that maximize the four shooting categories:
Guards with a High 3pt Rating (90+)
- Base: Steph Curry
- Upper Releases: Steph Curry
- Note: An insane release for any guards with a higher rating, as it has killer ratings across the board. If you have a super high rating, Steph Curry’s base is going to be even better.
Guards with an Average 3pt Rating (85+)
- Base: Trey Burke
- Upper Releases: Aaron Holiday
- Note: This jumpshot is insane for only needing an 85 3-Ball, giving you A ratings in two categories. Trey Burke’s base has always been easy to time, and it is the same deal this year.
Guards with a Low 3pt Rating (78+)
- Base: Jae-Sean Tate
- Upper Releases: Shake Milton
- Note: This isn’t a great rating for any guard, so you’ll have to sacrifice some things to get a decent release speed (probably the most important attribute). This jumpshot has A+ speed and B+ immunity, which is more than you’ll get from most jumpshots at this rating.
Best Jumpshots for Big Men
Big Men have a tough time picking good jumpers this year, as there are only a bunch of wacky ones with a few good ones mixed in. Here are the best jumpshots we’ve found for big men in NBA 2K24:
For players with a high 3-ball (80+):
- Base: Jonathan Isaac
- Upper Releases: Jalen Smith (21%), Franz Wagner (79%)
- Note: 80 is a decent 3pt rating for big men, and this jumpshot maximizes the key stats you need to shoot well with an A- release height and A+ release speed.
For players with an low 3-Ball (67+)
- Base: Andre Drummond
- Upper Releases: Tim Duncan (32%), Marquese Chriss (68%)
- Note: Beggers can’t be choosers at this rating, but this jumpshot gives you B release height and A release speed.
Best Jumpshot Settings
There are several new settings that affect your jumpshot in NBA 2K23, most of which are focused on giving you a personalized shooting experience. Here are our best recommendations for these settings:
- Shot Meter: Off. We haven’t used the shot meter in years, and you shouldn’t either. Online, it’s delayed, and you only need a few hundred shots in the Practice Facility to learn no-meter shooting.
- Shot Timing: Shots and layups. If you play online, you’ll at least have to put on shot timing. We like layup timing because it’s actually pretty easy, and you get crazy boosts with it, too.
- Shot Timing Release Time: Late. This is personal, but guard would probably do better on early or very early, whereas big men would probably benefit from late. Either way, none actually result in a faster jumpshot, just the amount of time you have to time the shot.
- Free Throw Timing: User Timing. Free Throws are pretty easy to shoot this year (given you have a 70+ rating), so learning to time them is easy.