Category: Best Animations

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K22

Getting open off the dribble is one of the most valuable skills in NBA 2K22. 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 2K22, with a main focus on primary ball handlers and a slight focus on players with lower ball handling:

Note: Different Dribble Moves are locked behind certain ball handle or speed with ball ratings in 2K22. We will list the required ratings for each dribble move we recommend.

Best Dribble Style

Quick or Shifty. Allows you to chain moves quickly to break down your defender and get buckets, and both pair well with the Hyperdrive and Quick Chain badges to dribble quickly.

Best Signature Size-Up

Steph Curry. Curry’s size-up is quick and gives you a good head start when chaining dribble moves.

Best Moving Crossover

Lebron James is the best if you have 70+ Ball Handle, Jayson Tatum is the best if you have 75+ Ball Handle. If you have neither, Normal is the way you will have to go.

Best Moving Behind-the-Back

Scottie Pippen is the best for 75+ Ball Handle and none of the others are really close. It is the same thing as Pro 3 in past games, which was the best by far. Damian Lillard works as well, but Pippen is still the best.

Best Moving Spin

Basic 1. Simply the best, whether you use the move a lot or not.

Best Moving Hesitation

Kevin Durant if you have 80+ Ball Handle, otherwise Normal.

Best Moving Stepback

Damian Lillard. A move that gets a lot of separation and allows you to get a good boost out of the animation. This move can be deadly with the Space Creator badge.

Best Triple Threat Style

Normal. This is not a move most people use very often, but Normal is the best move we’ve found for the Triple Threat.

Badges you will need to dribble more effectively

Quick Chain to be able to chain dribble moves together, and Hyperdrive to speed up individual dribble moves.

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 2K22, all based on the type of player you have.

Long Athlete: Allows your player to starts layups outside the key, get nice hop step animations, and finish through contact.

Default Swing: The best for lower-rated finishers who can’t unlock the above three layup packages. Default Swing is also surprisingly good for all players, as the animations are really good this year.

Stephen Curry: Nice, usually unblockable lay-in animations that allow you to finish among bigger defenders, but not great at finishing through contact.

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. Here are the best dribble pullups in the game right now:

  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. Pro 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: Not as good as Normal 4 in past games, but the closest thing to it. Gets you decent enough space and gives you some extra time to green the shot.

The Best Jumpshots

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

In this post we break down the best jumpshots we’ve found from many hours of gameplay, broken down into the best jumpshots for current gen, next-gen, and for big men:

Best Jumpshots for Next-Gen

Set Shot 25: The new ‘comp’ base that is extremely fast and has a good green window. Though it will take some practice to get the timing down, it is probably the best jumpshot off the quick stop.

Jumpshot 3: Another good jumpshot that is best for players who used 98 in past years. It’s as quick as 98, looks very similar, and also has big green window both off the dribble and off the catch.

Ray Allen: The best catch-and-shoot jumpshot that is even better on Next-Gen than current. Same story as above, we recommend Carmelo Anthony or Klay Thompson for the upper release.

Dante Exum: The dominant release of 2K21 is still good on 2K22. While Allen is better as of now, Exum is a release you may be comfortable with from last year. The Dante Exum upper is probably best for this base, as well.

Best Current Gen Jumpshots

Jumpshot 98: Still the best for the third straight year, as this jumpshot is quick, easy to time, and smooth. For an upper release, we recommend Rudy Gay or Release 7.

Ray Allen: The best catch-and-shoot jumpshot that is quick and easy to time off the catch. Underrated by many, but is dominant in the right hands. We recommend Carmelo Anthony or Klay Thompson for the upper release.

Stephen Curry. Curry’s jumpshot is always a W in 2K. Smooth, relatively quick, and super easy to time. And it’s perfect as is, as the Steph Curry upper is perfect for this base.

Best Jumpshots for Big Men

Jumpshot 3: The best jumpshot for Big Men on both versions of 2K22, Jumpshot 3 is quick, easy to time, and the most similar to the famed Jumpshot 98. The best upper release is Rudy Gay or Release 7.

Set Shot 25: The quickest base for big men, though it will take some time to get used to. A good upper release we recommend is a mix between Rudy Gay and Kobe Bryant, which will make this jumper look smooth and clean.

Jumpshot 38: A jumpshot from the past that is still great on both generations. While it’s not as dominant as in 2K20, the slim pickings big men have allow this to be a top jumpshot on 2K22.

Other Jumpshots

Best Dribble Pull-Up: Stephen Curry is quick and smooth, while Normal 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: 100% speed is probably necessary for most builds, but you could certainly drop down to 3/4 speed if you find 100% speed too fast.

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.

Here’s a guide on how to shoot better in NBA 2K22.