- Ruby Jonathan Isaac: The perfect 3-and-D that is an athletic defender and good spotup shooter.
- Amethyst Xavier McDaniel: A beast defender that has excellent finishing ability. Needs some shooting badges added, but otherwise a crazy card for cheap.
- Amethyst Gerald Wallace: Another spotup and defensive beast. Super athletic and perfect for guarding opposing PGs.
- Amethyst Hedo Turkoglu: A budget shooter that can also handle the ball a bit. A defensive liability but the best budget shooting SF.
- Amethyst Jimmy Butler: An overall decent card. Good defender, but only Silver Clamps. Decent spotup but lacks key shooting badges.
- Amethyst Donovan Mitchell: Short, but has everything you need: good shooting, dunking, and dribbling ability. Even has bronze Clamps to make him useable on defense as well. Here’s his card.
- Ruby Nick Anderson: Crazy Shooter with a good jumpshot and gold Range Extender. Also has bronze clamps to make him a top-notch spot-up and decent defender. Check out his card.
- Ruby Lu Dort: A defensive monster that is a perfect 3-and-D card for budget squads.
- Amethyst Bingo Smith: Athletic two guard that can do everything you need from a cheaper two-guard. Can lock down the point guard if needed, and also be a spot-up or featured scorer on offense. See his card.
- Ruby Gary Harris: The perfect 3&D guard for Ruby-or-lower Limited events. Not great for budget lineups, however, as he lacks a few key defensive badges (Intimidator, mostly). Here’s his card.
- Ruby Tony Wroten: A 6’6″ budget point guard that can be a decent tall-PG stopper. Only a decent shooter, but otherwise a great card.
- Ruby Markelle Fultz: An offensive monster that has a good jumpshot and Gold Range Extender. Also a usable defender.
- Amethyst Chris Paul: Sub-10K card that can playmake, defend, shoot, and finish well for an Amethyst. Only 6′ tall, but that is his only weakness. Here’s his card.
- Amethyst Jrue Holiday: Lockdown defender that can also playmake, finish, and shoot well. Good dribble sigs and jumpshot as well. Check out his card.
- Amethyst De’Aaron Fox: The best budget slasher point guard that is uber-athletic as well. Can hold his own shooting-wise and on defense as well. See his card.
Other Ruby Options for Limited:
- Ruby Chris Paul: Another CP3 card that is perfect for ruby-of-under Limited events. Worse than his Amy, but an overall budget beast for a Ruby. Check out his card.
- Ruby Stephen Curry: Another Limited-Event-only Ruby that will be dominant on offense, with good badges, animations, and attributes. Here’s his card.
Sapphire Options for Limited:
- Sapphire Daniel Gibson: Good shooter and ball handler. Poor defender, but this is the best Sapphire PG for Limited.
- Sapphire Allen Iverson: Good on offensive and passable on defensive (but without Clamps). Not a great overall card, but it is a Sapphire.
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:
- Pink Diamond Terry Dischinger: A great all-around option for the 3 spot. HOF Range Extender, Intimidator, and Quick First Step along with a great jumpshot make this TTOffline card the best Small Forward.
- Opal Jimmy Butler: The first auctionable opal is a 3-and-D beast that can even work as the featured player on your offense.
- PD Paul George: Whether it’s as a 3-and-D or your focus player, Paul George is an all-around monster that clocks in as the best SF in MyTeam right now.
- PD Giannis Antetokounmpo: Super athletic and dominant on both defensive and offense. Struggles at shooting, but his upper echelon finishing ability makes up for this deficiency.
- PD Danny Granger: A dominant shooter that is well-rounded in other areas as well. Has a smooth and quick jumpshot, and comes with Hall of Fame Range Extender at base level.
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:
- Opal Tracy McGrady: A 6’8″ monster of a shooting guard with HOF Range Extender, Clamps, and Quick First Step. Great Jumpshot as well.
- PD Kobe Bryant: The Mamba’s card is overpowered, with every badge you need, a good jumpshot, and overpowered offensive and defensive ability.
- Galaxy Opal Dwyane Wade: A good overall card that is a lockdown defender, posterizer machine, and decent shooter and playmaker that can also play the PG spot.
- Diamond Rudy Fernandez: An all-around beast that comes with all the badges you need in every category, a good jumpshot and even comes with good dribble moves at the 2 spot.
- Pink Diamond Ben Gordon: A bit undersized, but has every badge you need on both ends, but is particularly dominant on the offensive end.
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.
- PD Ben Simmons: A 6’10” point guard that towers over opponents and is a top-notch dribbler, passer, defender, and finisher. Can’t shoot but the best PG for drive-and-kick offenses.
- PD Oscar Robertson: 6’5″ point guard that can do everything. Good dribble moves, good jumpshot, and every badge you pretty much need in every category.
- Galaxy Opal Damian Lillard: The grinders’ favorite card that can do a bit of everything at a high level: dunk, shoot, dribble, and defend.
- PD Derrick Rose: The best slashing point guard that can also shoot, defend, and dribble. Expensive, but the perfect PG for rim runners.
- Pink Diamond Walt Frazier: The best defensive point guard that is a top-notch ball handler with decent shooting and finishing ability as well.
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:
- Opal Lebron James: An overpowered Lebron card that can do everything at the highest level. Has every badge you need, along with a crazy big player model and the typical Lebron animations on both ends.
- PD Larry Bird: A knockdown shooter who can also defend, finish, and even dribble a bit. Can be used as a top-notch spot up or even to three hunt by himself. See his card.
- Galaxy Opal Chris Webber: The Idols Lock-in that can do everything extremely well. Can shoot and finish at a high level, dribble well for a PF, and even hold his own both inside and outside on defense. Check out his card.
- Opal Antawn Jamison: The Heat Check Domination reward that has one of the best jumpers in the game to go along with top-tier finishing and defensive ability.
- Diamond Andrei Kirilenko: Good defender and shooter (with the best jumpshot) that is decent at the rest. A good spot up and athletic defender. Check out his card.
Center is one of the most important positions in basketball, and the same is true in NBA 2K20. 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:
- Opal Anthony Davis: There’s no bad parts about this card. Davis is an all-around dominant card for the center spot.
- Opal Bill Russell: The best defensive center in the game that can finish decently and handle the ball a bit in certain situations.
- Opal Kevin Mchale: The Unlimited Reward for Season 4 that is an all-around beast with a good jumpshot. Missing a few nice badges but otherwise really good.
- Pink Diamond Kristaps Porzingis: A 7’3″ Stretch Big with great shooting ability and good interior defense. A bit slow and can’t handle the ball, but otherwise a very good spot-up center.
- Diamond Chris Bosh: The best stretch five that can hold his own on defense as well. Best for five-out teams that need a center with Range Extender and other amazing shooting badges. Here are his stats.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.