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Shot Stick vs Shot Button: Which is Better for Shooting in NBA 2K21?

NBA 2K21 introduced a new method for shooting: shot aiming with the shot stick. This method allows you to pull down the right stick and move it to the desired area for a “green” release.

In this article, we break down the pros and cons of both methods and ultimately decide which method is better for putting the ball in the hoop in 2K21.

Shot Aiming with the Shot Stick

The Shot Stick is a method that allows you to pull down the right stick and aim the shot for a perfect release. The area is decided by how quickly you pull down the right stick.

If you pull down the stick quickly, the bar goes to the right. If you pull it down medium speed, the bar is in the middle. If you pull the stick down slow, the area is to the right. In addition, you can press L2 to time your shot and get an extra boost.


  • More time to aim a shot than the shot button
  • Higher green percentage with correct aiming and timing.
  • Easily replicated with consistent stick pull-down speed.


  • Little to no forgiveness on non-perfect releases.
  • Difficult to quickly shot off the dribble or catch
  • Long learning curve
  • Can be modded, hurting non-modder players

As a user of the stick, it’s honestly a lot of fun to play with. But, you must be super skilled with it to truly succeed, which of course takes a bit of practice.

How to master it: Find a consistent speed you can pull the stick down at and aim the stick directly at the green area. Also learn the L2 timing and spend a good amount time practicing in Freestyle/MyCourt.

Shot Button

The Shot Button allows you to time your shots by holding down the square or x button to release your shot. You have a specific green window to hit in your timing.


  • Easy to shoot quickly off the catch or the dribble.
  • Less complicated process (only requires you to hold the button down)
  • Easily replicated green releases with practice.
  • More forgiving on non-perfect releases (full whites)


  • Lower green percentage than Shot Aiming/L2 Timing Combo (still very high for higher rated shooters)
  • Susceptible to latency and lag issues

Shot Timing is still the preferred method for competitive players in every mode, and is the easiest method for both casual or new players and competitive players that have been using the button for years.

How to master it: Pick a specific jumpshot and spend some time in the MyCourt learning the timing. However, you will make a ton of non-perfect releases, so perfect timing isn’t required every time.

Shot Aiming vs Timing: Which is Better?

Shot timing is the best method for the large majority of players. It’s easier to learn, most players have been using the button for years, and it’s more rewarding for non-perfect releases.

The only time we’d recommend shot aiming is if you’re trying to be a bit different from the majority of players, because it is harder to learn, harder to use, and less forgiving for non-green releases.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21

Getting open off the dribble is one of the most valuable skills in NBA 2K21. 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 2K21, with a main focus on primary ball handlers and a slight focus on players with lower ball handling:

  • Best Dribble Style: Quick. Allows you to do the Curry Slide (the most dominant move in the game right now) and overall chain dribble moves together quickly and effectively.
  • Best Moving Crossover: Pro 8 for a crossover that gets you a lot of space, and Pro 2 if you want a quick move to burst past your defender. Normal 3 is good for non-playmaking builds.
  • Best Moving Behind-the-Back: Pro 3 for teleporting across the court with the flick of the stick, or Pro 5 to quickly change direction. Normal 2 is good for non-playmaking builds.
  • Best Moving Spin: Basic 1. Simply the best, whether you use the move a lot or not.
  • Best Moving Hesitation: Pro 3 or Pro 4. Hesis aren’t great this year, as using L2 to quick stop is the best way to stun your defender or change direction laterally.
  • Best Basic Size-Up: Pro 2 or Pro 5. Both are quick, but there’s visual differences that you’ll have to test out yourself before choosing these two top options.
  • Signature Size-Up: Steph Curry. Curry’s dribble moves are insane this year, and his size-up is a great way to start your chain of moves.
  • Size-Up Escape: Pro 2. Another Curry dribble move that allows you to size-up into a Curry Slide of explosive behind-the-back.

Out of Position 2 Cards

The original Out of Position promo ushered in a few great cards to MyTeam, including the point guard LeBron. The second Out of Position promo brings us even more crazy cards:

Galaxy Opal Point Guard Jonathan Isaac

The reward for collecting all the cards in this set is a point guard Jonathan Isaac, who was a budget beast for a good portion of this year.

This card has 54 HOF badges, almost all 95+ stats, and solid animations. It’s a game-breaking point guard card that will be expensive to get, but will certainly dominate whatever court he runs on.

Galaxy Opal Point Guard Kevin Durant

With basically all 95+ stats, a 6’10” height, and Kevin Durant’s signature animations, this card is about as cheesy as it gets.

Of course, this card is gonna run you 1.5 million MT on the Auction House, but it’s easily a top-three point guard in the game at this point.

Galaxy Opal Small Forward Bill Russell

All 97+ athleticism and defensive stats, a 90+ three pointer, and Hall of Fame Range Extender make this Bill Russell a great spot-up shooter and 1-5 defender.

Despite this card’s obvious overpowered nature, it won’t be super pricey, yet still not a buy now.

Galaxy Opal Center Andrei Kirilenko

AK47 is an overpowered card every year with good animations, good attributes, and good badges. And while his earler card was great, this one’s better.

The only downside to this card is that he will be a 6’9″ Power Forward, but his lights out shooting and ability to slow down any position on the court is huge. The card is currently a buy now option.

Pink Diamond Shooting Guard Giannis Antetokounmpo

Another Giannis Pink Diamond card, with this one allowing the 6’11” forward to play the 2 spot. The card isn’t great, with only an 82 3-pt shot and no Range Extender, but it’s still a Giannis card with cheesy animations.

This card won’t be super expensive nor widely used, but is still a solid card for a corner spot-up, lengthy defender, and fastbreak threat.

The Other Cards

The other cards are pretty bad, including a PD Bill Walton that can’t shoot (but can play PG), a Diamond PF/SF Dwayne Wade, and a PF/C Diamond Shaun Livingston. None are worth getting alone and all will be super cheap.

How to Quick Stop in NBA 2K21

The quick stop move, aka the “Peekaboo” was one of the most effective moves to three-point hunt and get off quick shots.

And while a bit different mechanically in 2K21, the quick stop is still an effective move. There’s two way to do it in 2K21:

Method 1: L2

The first way to quick stop is to press the L2 button before shooting. This will stop your movement and allow you to shoot shortly after.

Method 2: Let go of all Controls

A second method is to simply let go of all controls on your controller, which will stop your player and allow you to shoot.

This move feels a bit unnatural and can feel a bit inconsistent, so we like pressing L2 to quick stop. Either way, you’ll be able to do this dominant move in any game mode.

The Best Defensive Badges for Centers and Big Men

Centers and big men are typically the focal point of a team’s defensive effort, so properly allocating your badges is important for anchoring your team’s defense.

And after using and analyzing the Defensive badges in NBA 2K21, the following are the top 5 Defensive badges for Big Men.

5. Pogo Stick

Pogo Stick isn’t as broken as it was in 2K20, but it’s still an effective badge to guard the paint. It allows you to quickly recover from jumping and allows you to quickly jump again.

We’d recommend it on Hall of Fame for Defensive builds, but it’ll work effectively (just not as well) on Silver for non-defensive builds.

4. Rim Protector

Although most Big Men builds have a higher block rating, swatting shots is difficult without the Rim Protector badge. It gives you the boosts you need to block shots down low.

Bronze Rim Protector is fine for builds with a lower number of defensive badge points, but we’d recommend it on Gold or HOF for Defensive Big Men.

3. Brick Wall

In addition to anchoring your team’s defense, you’ll probably be setting screens for your team’s ball handler. Brick Wall is going to be the badge you’ll need to effectively do so.

In addition to strengthening the effectiveness of your screens, Brick Wall helps drain the energy of defenders, making it tougher for them to recover. We recommend it on the highest level if you plan on setting a bunch of picks in any game mode.

2. Rebound Chaser/Box

Snagging boards is another job of the Big Man on the defensive end, and you’ll need this combination of badges to rebound effectively.

We recommend Rebound Chaser on the highest level for any big man build, and Box on Gold (for defensive builds) or Bronze (for non-defensive builds, you could even get away with it on defensive ones, too).

1: Intimidator

The best interior defense badge in NBA 2K21, Intimidator allows you to alter an opponents shot from simply being in the area. And if you jump, there’s almost no chance the other team gets a bucket.

We’ve found that Intimidator on Silver is enough for all Center builds, though some people swear by it on higher levels. What’s important, however, is that you have this necessary badge to defend the interior.

Best Defensive Badges for Guards

“Defense wins Championships” rings true in NBA 2K21. If your player clamps up your opponent, chances are you’re going to win most games in NBA 2K21.

And to play your best defense in NBA 2K21, you’re going to need the help of the Best Defensive Badges for Guards in the game this year:

  • Clamps: The Best Defensive Badge for Guards. Stops blowbys, kills your opponents’ stamina, and allows you to frustrate your opponents on every possession. A must-have for every player.
  • Intimidator: Make Shooting More Difficult for Your Opponent: Limits the amount of whites your opponent makes, increases your shot contest, and allows you undersized player to play decent interior defense.
  • Interceptor: To Wreak Havoc in the Passing Lanes. Allows you to get some goofy steal animations in passing lanes and make your opponent pay for bad passes.
  • Pick Dodger: Avoiding Murder on Brick Wall Screens. An under powered badge that you still need if you don’t want your player to fall down every time you get screened (which is like five times per possession).
  • Off Ball Pest: Underrated and Underappreciated. Stops the movement of your opponent off-ball and drains their energy. Can literally kill any off-ball movement and force bad passes and turnovers.
  • Defensive Leader: If You’re in the Sharing Mood. Far from necessary, but helpful to your teammates (via stat boosts) and yourself (opposing teams’ percentages) if you have a lot of defensive badges.

There are plenty of other badges that will help your guard play top-notch defense, but the above ones are the ones that we have found most effective – and that you should definitely equip on your player.

The 5 Best Centers in NBA 2K20 MyTeam

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.

And the way MyTeam is built this year, centers need to be able to do everything: shoot, defend, finish, and dribble a bit. In this post we list the best centers in NBA 2K20, including budget players for no money spent players.

5. Galaxy Opal Chris Bosh

The Chris Bosh card is well-rounded, with lights-out shooting and defense (including HOF clamps for the perimeter), and good finishing and playmaking ability. He also has solid animations for a center, as well.

4. Dino Radja

Another somewhat budget option (at about 50K MT) is the lanky Dino Radja card. This card is a TTO legend because he is fast (90+ speed), can defend the interior and perimeter, can finish, and even shoot (but without Range Extender).

Although you can shoot lights-out with Dino, his 79 3-point rating and high 80’s defensive ratings are lower than most of the centers on this list. However, he’s still a budget legend for every game mode.

3. Galaxy Opal Shaquille O’Neal

This Shaq card is literally glitched, with every HOF badge you need, 90+ shooting, finishing, defense, and athleticism, and even the ability to speedboost. And at 7’1″, 325 lb, Shaw’s a beast down low.

Despite his overpowered attributes and bagdes, this card’s one weakness is his wacky jumpshot and overinflated price. Besides that, this card is an absolute monster in every way.

2. Galaxy Opal Hakeem Olajuwon

This Hakeem card comes from the Historical Spotlight Sim challenges and requires at least 60 hours of grinding. However, he’s technically free, which is a big advantage for budget players.

This card is a beast: can shoot (94 3 ball with HOF Range), Defend the interior and perimeter, and finish ridiculously well. His jumpshot is solid, too, and this all comes from a card requiring no money spent.

1: Pink Diamond Eddy Curry

Once a budget card, this Eddy Curry card has turned into the best center in the game due to crazy nice badges, good animations (base 38 jumpshot – the best for centers), and good attributes.

While far from a beast in the playmaking and perimeter defense departments, his shooting will make up for those shortcomings. So, if you’re looking for a new center, pick up this PD Eddy Curry ASAP.

How to Shoot Better in NBA 2K21 (Get more Greens)

Shooting consistently in NBA 2K20 is no easy task, yet one of the most valuable skills to win a lot of games. Therefore, it’s important that you’re good at it, and we outline the ways in which you can shoot more greens in 2K.

  1. Pick the Right Build: In 2K21, any build with a sub-80 3-ball probably won’t be able to shoot consistently. 80+ is a must, but the higher you go, the bigger your green and make percentages.
  2. Pick the Right Jumpshot: Here’s the best jumpshots in 2K21 (hint: 98 is the best). The most important part of this is that you pick a jumpshot and stick with it for a period of time.
  3. Practice your Jumpshot: Go to the MyCourt, play MyCareer games, or do anything that will help you time your jumpshot better. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
  4. Pick the Right Badges: Here’s our list of Best Shooting Badges. Pick the best ones for your build and they’ll help you become a sharpshooter in no time.
  5. Only Shoot Open Shots: Shooting Contested Shots will only lessen the chance you have of making a shot, so learning the contest system and shooting open shots will help you shoot better overall.
  6. Decrease Gameplay Lag: This relates to online play, as offline play is not affected by 2K’s poor servers. Ways to decrease lag are using a LAN cable or having top-notch WIFI (which can be expensive).

These are the best tips we have to help you shoot better in both online and offline play. Let us know some of your favorite ways to green more shots in NBA 2K21.

The Best Point Guards Builds

The point guard is perhaps the most important position in any game mode in NBA 2K21, as they hold the keys to the offense and play the largest role in a win or less.

We have compiled the best Point Guard Builds in NBA 2K21, including videos how to make them, so you can take them to your favorite game mode and dominate at the PG spot.

  • The Best (and Meta) PG Build in 2K21: A Playmaking Shot Creator with 10 Defensive badges. Lights-out Shooting (the meta in 2K21), top-notch playmaking ability, and good enough defense. Here’s how to build it.
  • For a non-shooting Point Guard build: 2-Way Slashing Playmaker. Won’t be able to shoot, but makes up for this deficit with top-tier defensive, playmaking, and finishing ability. Here’s how to make it.
  • For Drive-and-Kick or Rim-Running Point Guards: Slashing Playmaker (Slashing emphasis). Contact dunks, great playmaking ability, and decent defense make this the best slashing PG build in 2K21. Learn how to make it here.
  • For the Team-Focused PG: Slashing Playmaker (Pure Playmaking). A decent all-around build that will be able to break down defenders, dime up teammates, and be a team-first PG. Here’s how to make it.
  • For Off-Ball Point Guards: 2-Way Sharpshooter. Can’t dribble, but is the perfect 3-and-D guard that can defend opposing PG’s and knock down tons of threes on the other end. Learn how to built it here.

The Best Layup Packages

Finishing at the rim is one of the most animation-driven features in 2K, meaning you better hope you get the right animation or you’re missing an open layup.

Therefore, you’re going to need the right Layup package for your player. We’ve compiled the best ones in 2K21, all based on the type of player you have.

The Best Layup Package in 2K21: Long Athlete. Allows your player to starts layups outside the key, get nice hop step animations, and finish through contact.

If You Want a Bit of Flash: Jamal Crawford. Some really interesting animations in this package for mixtapes or just showing off. Circus is decent, too, but in a more subdued way.

For Shorter Guards who can’t Dunk: Stephen Curry. Nice lay-in animations that allow you to finish among bigger defenders, but not great at finishing through contact.

For Low-Rated Finishers: Default Small and Default Swing are both decent, but we prefer Default Swing for getting better animations in the paint.

“How did I miss that?”: Lebron James. Just really confusing animations that causes your player to miss open layups too many times.

For Inside Finishers: Dominant Big. Gets you nice animations on standing layups and lets you play like Shaq in the paint.