Category: Best Animations

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:

Note: Your player will need at least an 80 Ball Handle attribute to get the pro dribble moves listed in this post.

  • Best Dribble Style: Quick or Shifty. Allows you to chain moves quickly to break down your defender and get buckets, also allows you to quick stop on next-gen.
  • 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 (and next-gen), 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 will allow you to do the Curry Slide as many times as you want.

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.

  1. Long Athlete: Allows your player to starts layups outside the key, get nice hop step animations, and finish through contact.
  2. Jamal Crawford: Has some really interesting animations in this package for mixtapes or just showing off. Circus is decent, too, but in a more subdued way.
  3. Stephen Curry: Nice, usually unblockable lay-in animations that allow you to finish among bigger defenders, but not great at finishing through contact.
  4. Default Swing: The best for lower-rated finishers who can’t unlock the above three layup packages.
  5. Dominant Big: The best layup package for big men that gives you decent standing layup animations and allows you to play like Shaq in the paint.

The Best Dribble Pull-Up Animations

One of the best shots in the game for guards is the Dribble Pull-Up, whether that means shooting a fade or simply shooting off the dribble.

But like Jumpshots, not all Dribble Pull-Up Animations are built the same. After months of testing and reviewing the animations of the best 2K21, here are the The Best Dribble Pull-Up Animations in NBA 2K21:

  1. Stephen Curry: The quickest and easiest-to-time dribble pull-up animation set. Works for guards, wings, and bigs, and is by far the best for your player.
  2. Athletic 2: An athletic package that is a bit slower than the Curry package but gets more space on pull-ups. Good set of animations too, whether closer to the basket or further away.
  3. Normal 4: The best pull-up on deep mid ranges and threes, but questionable animations closer to the basket. A bit slower but perfect for taking longer pull-up shots.

The Best Jumpshots

One of the toughest things to do in NBA 2K21 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.

Given this difficulty, we’ve compiled a list of the best jumpshots we’ve found for Guards for Park, Pro-Am, and even MyCareer:

  • Best Jumpshot for Guards: Jumpshot 98. Super Quick, easy to time, and a good cue for shots off the quick stop or catch. Dwyane Wade is almost identical to 98 and just as good.
  • Best Jumpshots for Next-Gen: Dante Exum. Super smooth, quick, and great off the catch-and-shoot. Used by a ton of competitive next-gen players.
  • Best Catch-and-Shoot Jumpshot: Ray Allen. Quick (but not crazy quick), good vertical separation, and easy to time off the catch. Super underrated for every game mode.
  • Old Reliable: Stephen Curry. Whether it’s the first week of a new 2K or the last, you can trust Curry’s jumpshot. It is simply one of the best jumpers in the game year-in and year-out.
  • Best Jumpshot for Bigmen: Marquise Chriss. You’re limited on picks, but Chriss’ jumper is smooth and easy to time. We would recommend a custom upper release, however.
  • Tyceno’s jumpshot: Trey Burke. Fast, big green window, and is a beast in the Park or in MyTeam (Tracy Mcgrady).
  • Best Dribble Pull-Up: Stephen Curry is quick and smooth, while Normal 4 is a bit slower but gets you more space on fades. Both are great.
  • Best Free Throw: Rick Barry’s granny-style free throw. But seriously, most free throw animations will get the job done at the line, even funny-looking ones.
  • Best Hop Jumper: Stephen Curry. Quick, gives you a wide array of moves, and is super smooth overall.
  • Release Timing: 75% speed seems to be the sweetspot for most players, but 100% speed is OP if you learn how to time it correctly. It’s all personal preference, though.
  • The Truth about Jumpshots: If you spend enough time with any jumpshot (even odd ones), you’ll more than likely master it. This list only compiles the ones that have worked best for me and other 2K players.