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Best NBA 2K21 MyPlayer Builds for Each Position

NBA 2K21 is a team game in that everyone must contribute their part in order to win. The best way for each position to make their contribution is to each have the best build at their position, meaning the ones with the best attributes and badges to dominate their spot on the floor.

In this post we break down the best builds at each position for both Current Gen and Next-Gen NBA 2K21, starting with Current Gen:

  • Point Guard: Playmaking Shot Creator. An offensive monster that can shoot and dribble at a high level, and hold their own finishing in the paint and on the defensive end. See how to build it here.
  • Shooting Guard: 2-Way Sharpshooter. A good spot-up shooter and lockdown perimeter defender that can take the defensive load off the point guard. Learn how to build it here.
  • Small Forward: Perimeter Lockdown. Another good defensive and spot-up build that can guard the Point Guard through Power Forward. Watch how to build it here.
  • Power Forward: Perimeter Lockdown or Glass Cleaning Finisher. Depending on if you need some shooting (P-Lock) or finishing (Glass Finisher), one of these builds will be best for the 4 spot.
  • Center: Glass-Cleaning Lockdown. A defensive and finishing build that is perfect for both Rec and Park. Can’t shoot or dribble, but will be a top-notch Paint Protector, Rebounder and Roller. Here’s how to build it.

The best build for each position on Next-Gen:

  • Point Guard: Scoring Machine. A build with a 95 3-Ball, 95 Speed with Ball, 95 Steal, and 95 Driving Dunk that will dominate on offense. Learn how to build it here.
  • Shooting Guard: 2-Way Scoring Machine. A shooting and defensive-focused build with a 91 3-ball and 94 perimeter D, this build is a perfect spot-up and Point Guard stopper. Here’s how to build it.
  • Small Forward: 2-Way Sharpshooter. Another two-way build that can guard the 2-through-4 and hit open jumpers. Also a good dunker and has good size to play the big man spot in the Park. Watch how to build it.
  • Power Forward: Slashing Shot Creator. An athletic build that dunks and defends at a high level, and can hit open 3’s and dribble a bit. A good big man build for park. Learn how to build it.
  • Center: Glass-Cleaning Slasher. A interior defending build that can shoot and finish well, too. Although a bit slow for Park, this build will excel on both offense and defense in the Rec. See how to build it.

The City Rep Rewards


  • Pro 1: Ability to join an affiliation.
  • Pro 2: Custom Jerseys at the NBA Store, Hair Colors in the Appearance menu, and Show-off animations.
  • Pro 3: Access to new Dry Brush Arm Sleeves at SWAGS and free MyTeam packs.
  • Pro 4: Access to new Skateboard decks at Decks and Wacky Clothing at Alter Ego.
  • Pro 5: Access to Personalized Historic Jerseys at the NBA store.

All Star:

  • All Star 1: Choose your spawn point, access the Low Rider at Wheels, and new Green Release Animations.
  • All Star 2: Access to new Tie-Dye collection at Swags
  • All Star 3: Access to the Trike at Wheels, New Show-Off Animations, and free MyTeam Packs
  • All Star 4: Access to new Wacky Glasses at Alter Ego.
  • All Star 5: Access to new Flame Pattern Arm sleeves at Swags.


  • Superstar 1: Access to new Lightning Pattern Arm Sleeves at Swags and New Show-off Animations.
  • Superstar 2: Ability to remove your shirt and get your Neck, Back, and Chest Tattooed.
  • Superstar 3: Ability to wear suits in the City, Gym Rat Badge, and free MyTeam Packs.
  • Superstar 4: Access to the Glider at Decks.
  • Superstar 5: New Show-off Animations.


  • Elite 1: Elite level Daily Rewards.
  • Elite 2: Access to the Hoverboard at Decks
  • Elite 3: Access to Elite 3 Suit and Sequin Patterns at Drip Brothers, and new Show-Off Animations.
  • Elite 4: Double VC for all Online Games Played.
  • Elite 5: Access to Mascots at Alter Ego.


  • Legend: Free copy of NBA 2K22 (limited supply), Extra Badge Points, and Travel in Style.

Rise Up

Rise Up is back for NBA 2K22 and increases the likelihood of dunking the ball when standing in the painted area. It replaces Pick & Roller from NBA 2K21.

To unlock Rise Up on gold, you’ll need at least these attributes:

  • Bronze: 65 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 75 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Standing Dunk

Recommendation: Rise Up is a top-five finishing badge and will help you dunk the ball more. We recommend it for most builds who finish in the paint a decent amount.


Posterizer is a back for NBA 2K22 and increases the chances of throwing down a dunk on your defender. It replaces Showtime from 2K21 current generation.

To unlock Posterizer, you’ll need these attributes:

  • Bronze: 70 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 80 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 90 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk

Recommendation: Posterizer is a must-have badge for players that can dunk. It is a top-three finishing badge on both systems and helps you get a great number of contact dunks.

Hook Specialist

Hook Specialist is back for NBA 2K22 Next-Gen and current gen. This badge gives a boost to post hooks from any distance and is in the finishing category of badges.

To unlock the badge, you need these attributes:

  • Bronze: 71 Close Shot
  • Silver: 80 Close Shot
  • Gold: 90 Close Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Close Shot

Recommendation: This badge is only good for Post Scorers, who should put it on Hall of Fame with no hesitation.

Highlight Film

Highlight Film is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a Takeover boost to all your teammates’ takeover progress on fastbreak or stylish dunks performed by your player. It replaces Fastbreak Finisher from NBA 2K21 current generation.

To unlock Highlight Film for next-gen, you’ll need at least a 63 Driving Dunk for Gold and at least 81 driving dunk for Hall of Fame.

Recommendation: With Showtime not in next gen 2K21, this badge is the next best way to boost your teammates’ Takeover. However, the boost is not big enough for us to recommend it for your slashing build.

Heat Seeker

Heat Seeker is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a Takeover meter boost for shots taken around the painted area, including dunks and layups. It replaces Cross Key Scorer from current generation 2K21.

To unlock Heat Seeker on your player, you must have a 51 Driving Layup or Close Shot for the badge on gold and an 83 close shot or driving layup for the badge on HOF.

Recommendation: Heat Seeker is a must-have badge for any players that score in the paint at all, as it provides awesome Takeover boosts that help you dominate games even more.

Fearless Finisher

Fearless Finisher is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and strengthens a player’s ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups. Fearless Finisher replaces Relentless Finisher from current generation 2K21.

To get Fearless Finisher on your player, you’ll need the following attributes:

  • Bronze: 71 Driving Layup
  • Silver: 80 Driving Layup
  • Gold: 89 Driving Layup
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Driving Layup

Recommendation: Fearless Finisher is a top 5 finishing badge for slashers, but we wouldn’t recommend spending a ton of badge points on it if you don’t have a decent amount of badge points.

Special Delivery

Special Delivery is a new badge for NBA 2K21 next gen and gives a takeover boost for both the passer and receiver after a flashy assist. Additionally, this badge increases alley-oop success and shot chance for receivers after a flashy pass. This badge replaces Lob City Passer from NBA 2K21 current generation.

Recommendation: Special Delivery is a highly effective badge for its job, but is only necessary if you’re using flashy passes and lobs frequently. Otherwise, it’s largely useless.

Relay Passer

Relay Passer is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a shot boost to a the player receiving a pass after your pass (meaning a third player, not who you pass to). This badge replaces Flashy Passer from NBA 2K21 current generation.

Recommendation: Relay Passer is not a necessary badge for playmakers, but can possibly be a highly effective badge for teams with good ball movement.