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 2K22, 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.

Check out our other posts on the best shooting, playmaking, and finishing badges:

Best Defensive Badges for Guards

“Defense wins Championships” rings true in NBA 2K22. If your player clamps up your opponent, chances are you’re going to win most games in NBA 2K22.

And to play your best defense in NBA 2K22, you’re going to need the help of the Best Defensive Badges for Guards in the game this year:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Menace: Menace is a new badge for 2K22 that drops an opponent’s badges when you are playing on-ball defense on them. This badge is pretty much a necessity for on-ball defenders.
  4. 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.
  5. Ankle Braces: It doesn’t stop zig-zagging, but it certainly helps you stay put on defense more. With dribbling revamped with quicker and smoother chains of moves, you will need this badge to keep your footing.

Check out our other guides on the best badges in each category:

The Best Shooting Badges in NBA 2K22

Shooting in NBA 2K22 is highly dependent on badges, as you don’t need the high attributes that you needed last year. In this post we break down the best shooting badges in NBA 2K22:

  1. Sniper: Gives a huge boost for slightly early or late shots, which heavily increases your make percentages. It is not difficult to get, either, which makes it an even more powerful badge for most players.
  2. 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. Check out the attribute requirements to unlock HZH.
  3. 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. These are the attribute requirements to unlock Blinders.
  4. Chef/Limitless Spotup: Allows you to shoot deep 3-pointers. If you are an on-ball scorer, you will need Chef. If you are a spot-up shooter, you will need Limitless Spotup. Here are the attribute requirements to unlock Chef and Limitless for your player.
  5. 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. These are the attribute requirements to unlock Deadeye.

How to Use Your Badge Points

10 (or less) Shooting Badge Points: Max out Sniper and Hot Zone Hunter. Put the other points on Blinders if you are the main shooter, or Catch and Shoot if you are a spot up shooter.

15 (or less) Badge Points: Prioritize Sniper, HZH, Blinders if main shooter or Catch and Shoot for spot-ups. The other points should be spent on Deadeye or Corner Specialist.

20 (or less) Badge Points: Prioritize Sniper, HZH, Blinders, and Catch and Shoot. Other points can be spent on Chef/Limitless Spotup, Deadeye, or Corner Specialist.

25 (or more) badge points: Sniper, HZH, Blinders, Chef, and Deadeye for the main shooters on a team, and Sniper, HZH, Blinders, Limitless, Catch and Shoot for spot up shooters.

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. This post breaks down the best badges to do all these things at a high level on both Current Gen and Next-Gen.

  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. Quick Chain: The badge that lets you dribble quickly and more effectively and is a necessity for isolation dribblers. Pair it with Hyperdrive, another good badge, for the quickest chain of dribble moves.
  4. Bullet Passer: Lets you pass quicker. Bullet Passer is necessary to keep the opposition from stealing the ball in pass lanes and also to set your teammates up for open shots.
  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.

Check out our Playmaking badges tier list.

The Top 5 Slashing Badges in NBA 2K22

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 2K22:

  1. Fearless Finisher: Fearless Finisher allows you to finish through contact and still finish. Necessary for slashers and helpful for all builds.
  2. Limitless Takeoff: Allows your player to get some ridiculous dunking animations, including the Jordan dunk. While only necessary for dunking builds, it is truly overpowered when used correctly.
  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. Mouse in the House/Giant Slayer: Mouse in the House is necessary for big men, while Giant Slayer is a necessity for guards. Both help you score in the paint during a mismatch.

Check out our other guides on the best badges for the other badge categories: