Category: NBA 2K22 Finishing Badges

Contact Finisher vs Relentless Finisher

After a few years of a singular finishing-primary badge, Relentless Finisher, 2K added a second to complement the legacy badge: Contact Finisher.

And while many would think the two badges overlap, they in fact do not. Here are the key differences between the two most important finishing badges in NBA 2K20:

Contact Finisher

Contact Finisher allows slashers who play below the rim finish contact layups more successfully while dunkers are able to pull off more contact dunks.

Relentless Finisher

Relentless Finisher improves a player’s ability to take a lot of contact by reducing the energy lost when attacking the rim for contact shots.

Contact Finisher vs Relentless Finisher

Essentially, Contact Finisher will allow you to finish contact layups and dunks more successfully and Relentless Finisher will allow you to do it more frequently.

Which Badge Should I Equip?

If you’re a pure slashing build, we’d recommend equipping both. Although they have different boosts, both are super effective when finishing layups.

However, if you’re a non-slashing builds, you should avoid Relentless Finisher and stick with Contact Finisher. You won’t need the benefits of Relentless Finisher, while Contact Finisher is a must-have for all builds.

Brick Wall Badge

Brick Wall is back for NBA 2K20 and makes it tougher for a defense to get through or around screens. Players hit by contact from a brick wall lose more energy than normal. It is in the Defense/Rebounding category of badges.

Brick Wall has been a solid badge for multiple years now in that it helps you set good screens, and we don’t expect that to change in 2K20. Just be sure to not double up if you unlock Iron Wall as a Rep Reward (more coming soon).

NBA 2K22 Finishing Badges: The Complete Guide

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NBA 2K22 Finishing Badges

  • Acrobat: Boosts the ability to make layups that have a high degree of difficulty.
  • Backdown Punisher: Increases the chances of a player successfully backing down an opponent.
  • Dream Shake: Raises the chances that a defender bites when doing fakes in the post.
  • Dropstepper: Improves a player’s ability to effectively use dropsteps in the paint.
  • Fast Twitch: Boosts ability to get off the floor quicker for standing layups and dunks.
  • Fearless Finisher: Improves the ability to convert contact layups.
  • Giant Slayer: Heightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders.
  • Grace under Pressure: Boosts ability to convert standing layups.
  • Hook Specialist: Increases post hook shot percentage.
  • Limitless Takeoff: Boosts ability to soar from further away on driving dunk attempts.
  • Lob City Finisher: Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop dunk/layup.
  • Mouse in the House: Boosts ability for bigs to finish over shorter players.
  • Post Spin Technician: Improves the ability of a post spin or drive to work effectively.
  • Posterizer: Improves the likelihood of posterizing your opponent.
  • Pro Touch: Gives an additional boost for having good layup timing or aiming.
  • Putback Boss: Increases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound.
  • Rise Up: Makes it easier to dunk when under the basket.
  • Slithery Finisher: Improves a player’s ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim.
  • Tear Dropper: Increases the chance of hitting floaters and runners.
  • Unstrippable: Boosts ability to secure the ball when gathering for a layup or dunk in traffic.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Finishing Badges:

  • Acrobat: Boosts the ability to make layups that have a high degree of difficulty.
  • Backdown Punisher: Increases the chances of a player successfully backing down an opponent.
  • Dream Shake: Raises the chances that a defender bites when doing fakes in the post.
  • Dropstepper: Improves a player’s ability to effectively use dropsteps in the paint.
  • Fearless Finisher: Improves the ability to convert contact layups.
  • Giant Slayer: Heightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders.
  • Heat Seeker: Gives an additional takeover boost on inside shots.
  • Highlight Film: Boosts teammates’ takeover meter after dunks.
  • Hook Specialist: Increases post hook shot percentage.
  • Lob City Finisher: Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop dunk/layup.
  • Post Spin Technician: Improves the ability of a post spin or drive to work effectively.
  • Posterizer: Improves the likelihood of posterizing your opponent.
  • Pro Touch: Gives an additional boost for having good layup timing or aiming.
  • Putback Boss: Increases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound.
  • Rise Up: Makes it easier to dunk when under the basket.
  • Slithery Finisher: Improves a player’s ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim.
  • Tear Dropper: Increases the chance of hitting floaters and runners.

The following are the finishing badges on NBA 2K21 Current Gen (PS4, Xbox 1, PC, etc):

  • Acrobat: Spin, half-spin, hop step, euro-step, cradle, reverse, and change shot layup attempts receive a significant boost.
  • Backdown Punisher: Allows players to have more success than normal when backing down a defender in the paint.
  • Consistent Finisher: Penalties for mis-timed layups are reduced, allowing players to make layups more consistently.
  • Contact Finisher: Slashers who play below the rim finish contact layups more successfully while dunkers are able to pull off more contact dunks.
  • Cross-Key Scorer: Boosts the ability to make running hooks, layups, or close range pull-ups while driving across the paint.
  • Deep Hooks: Post hooks taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal.
  • Dropstepper: Allows for more success when attempting post dropsteps and hop steps, in addition to protecting the ball better, while performing these moves in the post.
  • Fancy Footwork: players get past defenders more efficiently when performing euro, cradle, hop step, spin, and half-spin gathers.
  • Fastbreak Finisher: Gives an additional boost to a player’s takeover meter when successfully dunking on a fastbreak.
  • Giant slayer: Boosts the shot percentage for a layup attempt when mismatched against a taller defender and reduces the possibility of getting blocked.
  • Lob City Finisher: Improves a player’s ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands.
  • Pick & Roller: When rolling off the pick and roll, a shot boost is applied if the layup or dunk attempt comes within a few seconds after catching the pass.
  • Pro Touch: Gives an extra shot boost for having slightly early, slightly late, or excellent shot timing on layups.
  • Putback Boss: Boosts the shot attributes of a player that attempts a putback layup or dunk right after getting an offensive rebound.
  • Relentless Finisher: Improves a player’s ability to take a lot of contact by reducing the energy lost when attacking the rim for contact shots.
  • Showtime: Gives an additional boost to a player’s takeover meter and his teammates, when successfully completing an and-1 or flashy dunk.
  • Slithery Finisher: Increases a player’s ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim.
  • Tear dropper: Improves a player’s ability to known down floaters and runners.

Tear Dropper Badge

The Tear Dropper badge is back for NBA 2K22 and improves a player’s ability to known down floaters and runners. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

To unlock Gold Tear Dropper for your player on next-gen, you’ll need at least the following:

  • Bronze: 51 Driving Layup
  • Silver: 62 Driving Layup
  • Gold: 70 Driving Layup
  • Hall of Fame: 78 Driving Layup

Recommendation: Floaters are actually very effective when used correctly, but we don’t recommend equipping this badge unless you seriously take a good amount of floaters throughout games.

Slithery Finisher Badge

The Slithery Finisher badge is back for NBA 2K22 and increases a player’s ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

To unlock Slithery Finisher on next-gen, you’ll need the following attributes:

  • Bronze: 61 Driving Layup or Driving Dunk
  • Silver: 74 Driving Layup or 73 Driving Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Driving Layup or 82 Driving Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 93 Driving Layup or 91 Driving Dunk

Recommendation: This badge is one of the best finishing badges on both consoles, as it helps you get great finishing animations in the paint and overall finish more layups.

Showtime Badge

The Showtime badge is new for NBA 2K20 and gives an additional boost to a player’s takeover meter and his teammates, when successfully completing an and-1 or flashy dunk.

This badge really only proves itself useful for slashers on fast breaks in the Rec and possibly the Park, but even then its positive effect has been limited in the times used and tested.

Recommendation: If you’re a slasher with 30 finishing badges and frequently run the fastbreak, this badge could be solid to test out. However, it’s useless for other players and you may even find it underwhelming.

Putback Boss Badge

Putback Boss is back for NBA 2K22, and boosts the shot attributes of a player that attempts a putback layup or dunk right after getting an offensive rebound. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

To unlock Putback Boss on your player, you’ll need these attributes:

  • Bronze: 52 Close Shot or 47 Driving Drunk or 46 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 64 Close Shot or 58 Driving Drunk or 57 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 72 Close Shot or 65 Driving Drunk or 65 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 80 Close Shot or 73 Driving Drunk or 73 Standing Dunk

Recommendation: We’d recommend staying away from Putback Boss for the most part, as the badge has been underwhelmingly for years at this point.

Pro Touch Badge

The Pro Touch badge is back for 2K22 current and next-gen, and gives an extra shot boost for having slightly early, slightly late, or excellent shot timing on layups. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

Here is how to unlock the badge on Next-Gen:

  • Bronze: 53 Close Shot or Driving Layup
  • Silver: 65 Close Shot or Driving Layup
  • Gold: 73 Close Shot or Driving Layup
  • Hall of Fame: 81 Close Shot or Driving Layup

Recommendation: This badge is not a must-have in any case. It only works on a subset of timed layups, and even then the boost is rather negligible. Plus, there are many other finishing badges that are far more helpful.

Pick & Roller Badge

The Pick & Roller badge is back for NBA 2K20 and applies a shot boost to layup or dunk attempt comeing within a few seconds after catching the pass when rolling off the pick and roll.

Pick & Roller can be a solid badge for a big man who frequently runs the pick and roll. It certainly provides a solid enough shot boost off the pick and roll to at least equip it on your big man in 2K20.

Lob City Finisher Badge

Lob City Finisher is back for NBA 2K21 next-gen and current gen, and improves a player’s ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

Here are the attribute requirements for Lob City Finisher on Next-Gen:

  • Bronze: 55 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 70 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 85 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Driving Dunk or 96 Standing Dunk

Recommendation: If you’re a slasher who will be catching a lot of lobs, Hall of Fame Lob City Finisher is necessary. But if you’re only catching the occasional lob, having Lob City on Bronze or Silver will be sufficient.