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).
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.