Category: MyTeam

How to Make XP Quickly in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Rising up the XP Ladder in NBA 2K21 MyTeam is a long and difficult grind, but can easily be optimized with the right strategized. Here are the best strategies we’ve learned to earn XP in the most time-efficient manner.

  • Knock out multiple challenges in one game. You can do the challenges for multiple players in one game, which cuts down the amount of games and time you have to play.
  • Write down challenges on a piece of paper. Write down the challenges and cross them out throughout the game. This is the best way to keep track of what you need to do and streamlines the process.
  • Play Rookie Domination (or other easy game modes). Rookie Dom is super easy for knocking out challenges, and there’s typically a Spotlight challenge that makes certain XP challenges easier to complete.
  • Focus on manageable challenges: Skipping frustrating challenges (like steals) and focusing on doable challenges will both save you headaches and time while still allowing you to reach your goal level.
  • Do more challenges towards the end of the season. The challenges towards the end of the season give you higher XP per minute. Complete the easier challenges at the beginning of the season and knock a bunch of better ones out towards the end.
  • Make doing XP Challenges fun. Find a method that makes the grind fun and enjoyable. There’s no point in playing the game if you’re not having fun, so try to make the process as enjoyable as possible and

MyTeam Season 5 Levels & Rewards

  • Level 1 (0 XP): Evolution Jimmy Butler
  • Level 2 (350 XP): 1 Token
  • Level 3 (430 XP): Shoe Pack
  • Level 4 (520 XP): League Series 2 Deluxe Pack
  • Level 5 (620 XP): Ascension Board 1
  • Level 6 (740 XP): Glass Cleaner Badge Pack
  • Level 7 (890 XP): Sapphire Steve Novak
  • Level 8 (1075 XP): Shot Creator Badge Pack
  • Level 9 (1300 XP): 3 Tokens
  • Level 10 (1550 XP): Post Scorer Badge Pack
  • Level 11 (1850 XP): Ascension Board 2
  • Level 12 (2230 XP): Lockdown Defender Badge Pack
  • Level 13 (2680 XP): Ruby Wendell Carter Jr
  • Level 14 (3200 XP): Rim Protector Badge Pack
  • Level 15 (3850 XP): Heat Check Deluxe Pack
  • Level 16 (4620 XP): 5 Tokens
  • Level 17 (5540 XP): Slasher Badge Pack
  • Level 18 (6500 XP): Badge Pack
  • Level 19 (7860 XP): Ascension Board 3
  • Level 20 (9190 XP): Amethyst Will Barton
  • Level 21 (10560 XP): Playmaker Badge Pack
  • Level 22 (12150 XP): Ascension Board 4
  • Level 23 (13970 XP): Retro 2K Volume 2 Pack
  • Level 24 (16060 XP): Diamond Sean Elliot
  • Level 25 (18470 XP): Sharpshooter Badge Pack
  • Level 26 (21250 XP): Ascension Board 5
  • Level 27 (24430 XP): 10 tokens
  • Level 28 (28100 XP): Pink Diamond Eric Bledsoe
  • Level 29 (32300 XP): Diamond Shoe Pack
  • Level 30 (36740 XP): Ascension Board 6
  • Level 31 (41600 XP): 15 Tokens
  • Level 32 (47140 XP): All Star Pantheon Deluxe Pack
  • Level 33 (55640 XP): Galaxy Opal Artis Gilmore
  • Level 34 (65000 XP): 20 Tokens
  • Level 35 (75000 XP): Diamond Consumables Pack
  • Level 36 (86000 XP): Ascension Board 7
  • Level 37 (99000 XP): Diamond Contract Pack
  • Level 38 (114000 XP): 25 Tokens
  • Level 39 (131000 XP): Hall of Fame Badge
  • Level 40 (150000 XP): Dark Matter JR Smith (SG/PG)

How long is the grind? For Level 40, you’re talking about four hours per day of focus on completing agendas, mostly in boring game modes. That’s up to 200+ hours of playing the game for one card.

Is the grind worth it? We’ve never done it (the farthest we’ve reached is Level 36), but it can be if you play the game a lot already and want to have the best card in the game (the level 40 reward).

Where should I aim for? If you have a lot of time to grind the game, level 40 should be your aim. More casual players should aim for the last Ascension board (lvl 36) at most. Super casual players should just play the game to have fun and forget the XP grind.

The Best Small Forwards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Small Forwards play a pivotal role in every game on both ends of the floor, making it necessary to have a good one on your squad. Here are the top 5 SFs in NBA 2K21 MyTeam right now:

  1. Dark Matter Carmelo Anthony: An endgame-worthy card with 40 HOF badges.
  2. Pink Diamond Terry Dischinger: A lanky two-way forward.
  3. Opal Paul Pierce: A lights-out shooter with good defensive ability.
  4. Opal Jimmy Butler: A 3-and-D monster.
  5. PD Paul George: An all-around card that lacks the key badging of the above cards.

Best Budget Small Forwards:

  1. Pink Diamond Andrew Wiggins: A 30K slasher, defender, and spot-up shooter.
  2. D Glen Rice: A sharpshooter with the necessary defensive badges.
  3. Ruby Bryon Russell: A perfect 3-and-D evo small forward.
  4. Ruby Johnathan Isaac: A lanky 3-and-D, versatile SF for cheap.
  5. Amethyst Xavier McDaniel: A versatile two-way forward.

Best Shooting Guards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Shooting Guards are often disrespected in MyTeam, given less focus despite their massive impact on each game. Here is our list of the best shooting guards in NBA 2K21:

  1. Dark Matter Tracy McGrady: The first card you’ll really be able to use until the last day of NBA 2K21.
  2. Dark Matter Demar Derozan: A shorter T-Mac clone.
  3. Galaxy Opal Kevin Durant: An SG-eligible Durant.
  4. Dark Matter Michael Jordan: The first OP MJ card that is a top-3 card in the game.
  5. Galaxy Opal Billy Owens: An all-around monster for less than the above cards.

The Best Budget Shooting Guards

  1. Diamond Klay Thompson: The perfect 3-and-D wing.
  2. Pink Diamond Dale Ellis: A great jumper and a good price for a great card.
  3. Amethyst Ronald Murray: All-around two guard with good animations.
  4. Ruby Felipe Lopez: A lanky, all round 2-guard for a low price.
  5. Diamond Geoff Petrie: A good, three-hunting two-guard.

Best Point Guards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

MyTeam has certainly been interesting this year, with a focus on shorter Point Guards and a slow power creep.

Given this, here is our list of the best PGs in MyTeam in NBA 2K21, broken down into categories based on how you and other players play.

  1. Dark Matter Kobe Bryant: A Kobe PG card with upgraded animations and stats.
  2. Dark Matter Grant Hill: A 6’8″ PG with good animations and badges.
  3. Dark Matter Chris Webber: A 6’9″ PG with a good jumpshot and the ability to guard 1-through-5.
  4. Opal Magic Johnson: A 6’9″ Point Guard that can do everything and guard everyone.
  5. Opal Luka Doncic: A 6’7″ PG that is dominate on both sides of the ball.

The Best Budget Point Guards

  1. Diamond Kirk Hinrich: A cheap point guard with all the badges you need at the one.
  2. Diamond Tyrese Haliburton: Super quick jumper and good dribble sigs.
  3. Amethyst Joakim Noah: A taller PG that only lacks the ability of a consistent jumpshot.
  4. D Bob Sura: A cheap, all-around PG.
  5. Amethyst Baron Davis: Has every badge you need on a PG for cheap.

The 5 Best Power Forwards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Power Forward is a stretch spot that needs to be able to shoot and defend both the perimeter and interior. The following five players are the best at doing these jobs right now in NBA 2K21 MyTeam:

  1. Galaxy Opal Andrei Kirilenko: Jumpshot 98 with crazy defensive ability.
  2. Galaxy Opal Giannis Anetetokounmpo: The first Giannis card that can actually shoot.
  3. Dark Matter Zion Williamson: An undersized PF that is an overall dominant card.
  4. Opal Kevin Durant: HOF Clamps, Range, Quick First Step, and a crazy player build.
  5. Dark Matter Kevin Garnett: All-around beast with a new and improved jumpshot.

Best Budget Powers Forwards

  1. Diamond Lamelo Ball: A Lamelo at Pf is certainly interesting, but he’s going to be cheap and effective.
  2. Ruby Thaddeus Young: A cheap, well-balanced card with Wade base.
  3. Pink Diamond Sidney Wicks: A free, Spotlight Sim card that is great for all types of teams.
  4. Amethyst Dan Croshere: A versatile, lanky PF.
  5. Diamond Shawn Kemp: A dominant finisher and defender that can also shoot.

The 5 Best Centers in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Center is one of the most important positions in basketball, and the same is true in NBA 2K21. Besides the obvious paint protection, centers play an integral part in the offense both inside and outside the 3-Point line. Here are the best center cards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam right now:

And with cards getting more and more similar attribute and badge-wise, this list includes a ranking and the reason why a certain card is better than ones with comparable badges:

  1. Dark Matter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The best defensive center in the game with decent shooting ability.
  2. Dark Matter Wilt Chamberlain: A defensive monster with glitched shooting ability.
  3. Opal David Robinson: Huge Player build and nice jumpshot.
  4. Dark Matter Chris Bosh: The best shooting big in the game.
  5. Opal Anthony Davis: Lanky frame and feels quick.

Best Budget Centers

  1. Amethyst Dino Radja: The best card on this list, an all-around athletic big for cheap.
  2. Diamond Andrea Bargnani: A stretch-five that can also defend.
  3. Evo Amethyst Jared Sullinger: Becomes a crazy good all-around card after the evo.
  4. Diamond Chris Boucher: A super versatile card on both ends of the court, but undersized.
  5. Ruby Mo Bamba: A lanky, balanced cheap center.

How to Win Every Triple Threat Online Game in NBA 2K2` MyTeam

Triple Threat is an extremely competitive game mode with nice prizes, making it one of the best game modes to make MT, Tokens, or other things. Here’s my formula for winning most TTO games:

  • Run a lineup of players you’re good with. You also want one player you dominate with, either as a shooter or finisher. The other two players should be able to shoot in most cases.
  • Use your dominant player to try to score. Call a Quick Isolation from the menu, do your thing with your favorite player, and it that fails, you can kick it to a teammate for a 3 or easy drive.
  • Play both on-ball and off-ball defense. Sometimes on-ball is better, sometimes off-ball is. Figure out the perfect mix and shut down the other team.

These may seem like easy tips, but this year there is no foolproof way to win. This formula provides the method I used to win 80% of my TTO games without using any exploits or “tryhard” methods.

How to Make Tokens Quickly in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Tokens are a valuable asset in NBA 2K21, with a whole market devoted to spending them to get top-tier players. In this post we detail how to make tokens in the quickest and most efficient way.

  1. Triple Threat Online: Tokens are on a lot of boards after games, and you can easily racks up a ton of tokens from playing quick 3v3 games. Winning games is your best bet to maximizing your token earnings.
  2. Domination: Domination, especially All-Time and Historic, earns you a lot of tokens. You earn over 600 for playing 100 games, a value only matched by TTO games (TTO doesn’t give you player, badge, and other rewards, though).
  3. Challenges: A lot of the Spotlight challenges and weekly challenges give you tokens for winning them, but the amount is so miniscule we don’t recommend this method for token-earning only.
  4. Completing Card Sets: Completing Current NBA Team sets nets you 10 tokens. This method is MT-expensive, so going about it requires a trade of MT for tokens. It’s not worth it in most cases.

NBA 2K21 MyTeam Locker Codes

Here are the currently active locker codes for NBA 2K21 MyTeam, updated daily:


  • Guaranteed Sapphire LeBron James or Jimmy Butler card.
  • Expires Sunday, October 4


  • Guaranteed ’20 Lakers or Heat player
  • Expires October 7


  • Chance at a Playoff Underdogs Pack, Gold Consumables Pack, or Gold Contracts Pack
  • Expires October 6