Category: Best Badges

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.

  1. Intimidator: The best interior defense badge that will make opponents miss shots if you are in the general area. Needs to be maxed for all big men to properly play their role as an paint defender.
  2. Rebound Chaser: You’ll need this badge to rebound at all, preferably maxed out to get the most rebounds. Pair it with the Box badge for the best way to grab every board when in position.
  3. Rim Protector: Rim Protector is necessary for you to block shots effectively, but you can get away with it on lower levels. Maxed is preferable, but Bronze is enough for consistent swats.
  4. Brick Wall: This badge is necessary for setting screens, but is otherwise unneeded for spot-up bigs. Needs to be maxed for the highest effectiveness, but Bronze is ok for infrequent screeners.
  5. Pogo Stick: This badge allows you to quickly jump time-and-time again in the paint, negating any pump fakes. Not necessary (you’ll just need to be more patient on jumps), but overpowered if maxed out.

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 Best Shooting Badges in NBA 2K21

Shooting has been one of the main struggles in NBA 2K21 due to two things: Shooting’s dependency on badges and players’ lack of them due to the game being new.

But as we progress in the game and players get their badges, shooting will eventually improve. And these badges, whether in MyPlayer or MyTeam, will be the best shooting badges for you to shoot lights out:

  1. Hot Zone Hunter: Provides the greatest Shot Make and Green Percentage of any Shooting Badges (when in Hot Zones). Necessary if you have Hot Zones, which are easy to get in MyCareer.
  2. Range Extender: Allows you to shoot deep 3-pointers. Necessary for floor spacing on the tiny 2K21 courts, and allows you to shoot at high percentages from deep when at Gold or HOF.
  3. Catch and Shoot: The best badge for spot-ups that gives a huge boost for catch-and-shoot shots. Gold or HOF is necessary for spot-up shooters.
  4. Deadeye: Reduces contests and allows you to make lightly contested shots. Necessary for players who shoot a decent amount, as you’ll need Deadeye to reduce the impact of closeouts.
  5. Corner Specialist: Another spot-up badge that is necessary for corner-sitting builds that need a sizable boost on corner shots (for example, a built with sub-80 three-ball).

Best Shooting Badges for NBA 2K21 Next-Gen

  1. Hot Zone Hunter: Provides the greatest Shot Make and Green Percentage of any Shooting Badges (when in Hot Zones). Necessary if you have Hot Zones, which are easy to get in MyCareer.
  2. Deep Threes: Allows you to shoot deep 3-pointers. Necessary for floor spacing on the tiny 2K21 courts, and allows you to shoot at high percentages from deep when at Gold or HOF.
  3. Hot Shot: Provides a Takeover boost to every jumpshot made, making it much easier to activate your unstoppable Takeover earlier.
  4. Blinders: Doesn’t allow a defender to contest you from the sides, which is important in that it allows you to make more shots without defenders getting in the way. Opens up a ton of shot possibilities.
  5. Catch and Shoot: The best badge for spot-ups that gives a huge boost for catch-and-shoot shots. Gold or HOF is necessary for spot-up shooters.

Here’s a quick guide on how to Equip these badges based on the number of available badges point you have:

  • 10 Shooting Badges:
    • Necessary: Gold Range Extender and Gold Hot Zone Hunter. Plus:
    • If Spotup: Silver Catch and Shoot, Silver Corner Specialist
    • If featured shooter: Silver Tireless Scorer, Bronze Deadeye and Bronze Green Machine.
  • 15 Shooting Badges:
    • Necessary: Gold Range Extender and Gold Hot Zone Hunter. Plus:
    • If Spotup: Gold Catch and Shoot and Corner Specialist, and Bronze Deadeye, Green Machine, and Clutch Shooter
    • If featured shooter: Gold Tireless Shooter, Deadeye, and Hot Start/Clutch Shooter (pick 1).
  • 20 Shooting Badges:
    • Necessary: Hall of Fame Range Extender and Hot Zone Hunter. Plus:
    • If Spotup: HOF Catch and Shoot, Gold Corner Specialist, Deadeye, Bronze Tireless Shooter and Green Machine (Pick 1)
    • If featured shooter: Gold Deadeye, Tireless Scorer, Green Machine, and Difficult Shots

Best Playmaking Badges

Whether it is for dribbling or passing, playmaking badges are an essential part of a ballhandler’s arsenal to effectively dish out assists or create their own shots.

And if you want to effectively do both of these at a high level, you’re going to need the best playmaking badges to help you do so:

  1. Quick First Step: Needs to be maxed out for you to get natural speed boosts from a stopped position. Allows you to blow-by defenders and break down defenders out of dribble moves.
  2. Handles for Days: You’ll need this badge maxed out if you want to do more than one dribble move without your playing being out of energy. Allows you to chain many moves together to break down defenders.
  3. Unpluckable: An underperforming but necessary badge for ball handlers. Works best on either Gold or Hall of Fame, but will work decently enough on Bronze. Centers need this badge as well, even if they don’t dribble.
  4. Dimer: A great badge for primary ball handlers to give their teammates a boost on catch-and-shoot shots. Not necessary, but your teammates’ will make more shots, allowing you to get a higher win percentage as well.
  5. Bail Out: A badge you only need on Bronze to be effective, this badge allows you to pass out of questionable shots. Is necessary for the large majority of players, as you’ll need it at some point for sure.

On Next-Gen, we’d put Bullet Passer in the number #3 spot and knock Dimer out of the top 5. This badge speeds up your pass, leaving less time for the defense to contest shots and more time for your team to put the ball in the hoop.

The Top 5 Slashing Badges in NBA 2K21

With shooting requiring more grinding and skill this year, finishing has become an integral part of the game for the first time in a few years.

And here are the top badges for becoming a top-notch finisher in NBA 2K21 Current Gen:

  1. Contact Finisher: Helps you finish through contact on layups and dunks. Necessary for any player that wants to score in the paint, and should be maxed for most players.
  2. Slithery Finisher: Helps you get past your defender on regular layups. Overpowered on higher levels, as you unlock animations that help you scoot past defenders. Good on all levels, best on higher levels.
  3. Fancy Footwork: Boosts your euro steps, spin layups, and hop step layups. Equipping this badge unlocks animations on these special layups that help you get by your defender for the easy bucket at the rim.
  4. Consistent Finisher/Pro Touch: Both badges give you boosts for layups. Equip Consistent Finisher (for button finishers) or Pro Touch (for stick finishers) on all your players. Good on all levels.
  5. Relentless Finisher: Helps you conserve your energy on contact finishes, allowing you to have more energy for later in games.

And for Next Gen:

  1. Fearless Finisher: Fearless Finisher allows you to finish through contact and still finish. Necessary for slashers and helpful for all builds.
  2. Rise Up: Increases the chances of dunking in the paint. Necessary for slashing builds and helpful for other builds as well.
  3. Slithery Finisher: Another top-notch badge that allows you to finish around your defender. Necessary for all builds besides those that only get one to two finishing badge points.
  4. Posterizer: Top-notch badge for builds that can dunks. Activates multitudes of contact dunks and overall helps you become a highly effective slasher.
  5. Heat Seeker: Boosts your Takeover on inside shots. The best finishing badge and necessary for most players to activate their Takeover quicker so they can dominate the court.