Category: NBA 2K22 Finishing Badges

Fastbreak Finisher Badge

The Fastbreak Finisher badge is new for NBA 2K20 and gives an additional boost to a player’s takeover meter when successfully dunking on a fastbreak. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

The true effect of this badge on Takeover is still unknown, so it isn’t a must-have for slashers and other people who regularly score on fastbreak. It may be a good spot to throw a few extra badge points, however.

Fancy Footwork Badge

The Fancy Footwork badge is new for NBA 2K20, and helps players get past defenders more efficiently when performing euro, cradle, hop step, spin, and half-spin gathers. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

Fancy Footwork is one of the best finishing badges this year, as it helps trigger unguardable layup animations, including the overpowered hop step layups.

Recommendation: Every Slasher should have Hall of Fame Fancy Footwork and abuse its animations in-game, while other builds with a solid amount of Finishing badges should have Fancy Footwork on some level.

Dropstepper Badge

The Dropstepper badge is back for NBA 2K22 current and next gen, and 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.

To unlock Drop Stepper for your player on gold, you’ll need the following attributes:

Recommendation: Dropsteps are not as effective as in past years, but are still an effective move in mismatch situations. The badge is only useful for post scorers.

Cross-Key Scorer Badge

The Cross-Key Scoring Badge is new for NBA 2K20 and boosts the ability to make running hooks, layups, or close range pull-ups while driving across the paint. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

We’re unsure about the effectiveness of this badge at this point, as those who’ve equipped it have yet to see a benefit. There don’t seem to be an often-used moves in the paint that this badge enhances.

Recommendation: We don’t recommend equipping this badge at all, but instead looking into any of the badges on our list of Best Finishing badges.

Consistent Finisher Badge

The Consistent Finisher badge is new for NBA 2K20, and reduces penalties for mis-timed layups and allows players to make layups more consistently. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

Consistent Finisher is one of the best finishing badges in the game, as it is the most effective counters to Intimidator and also generally helps makes mistimed layups that have been inconsistent this year.

Recommendation: We recommend Consistent Finisher on at least Silver for Slashing builds and on the highest level possible for other builds with low finishing stats. Besides Contact Finisher, it is a necessary finishing badge.

Backdown Punisher Badge

The Backdown Punisher is backfor NBA 2K22 current gen and next-gen, and allows players to have more success than normal when backing down a defender in the paint. It is in the Finishing Badges category.

Here’s how to unlock Backdown Punisher for your player on 2K22 Next-Gen:

Recommendation: If your player is frequently backing down in the post, we would recommend Gold or Hall of Fame Backdown Punisher so you’ll be able to get closer to the basket in the post more frequently and efficiently.

Acrobat Badge

Acrobat is back for NBA 2K22 next-gen and current gen, and gives Spin, half-spin, hop step, euro-step, cradle, reverse, and change shot layup attempts a significant boost. It is in the Finishing Category of badges.

Recommendation: This badge is deadly is you frequently use the above types of layups, but is otherwise pretty useless. We like other finishing badges more, but acrobat can certainly have a place in your arsenal.

Relentless Finisher Badge

The Relentless Finisher Badge is back for NBA 2K21, and improves a player’s ability to take a lot of contact by reducing the energy lost when attacking the rim for contact shots. Relentless Finisher translates to Fearless Finisher on Next-Gen.

Contact Layups and Dunks will kill your stamina very quickly without this badge, making it very important for any players attacking the rim without regard for any potential defenders.

Recommendation: Slashers should get at least Gold or Hall of Fame Relentless Finisher, while other players with a decent number of finishing badges should get at least silver Relentless Finisher.

Contact Finisher Badge

The Contact Finisher badge is new for NBA 2K20 and allows slashers who play below the rim finish contact layups more successfully while dunkers are able to pull off more contact dunks.

We’d recommend picking up Contact Finisher on any build, but maxing it out on slashing and shot creating builds. It does truly help on finishing among light-to-medium contact on layups and dunks.

However, don’t expect to consistently make heavily contested ans smothered layups with this badge.

Giant Slayer Badge

The Giant Slayer badge is back for NBA 2K22 on both next-gen and current gen, and boosts the shot percentage for a layup attempt when mismatched against a taller defender and reduces the possibility of getting blocked.

To unlock Giant Slayer on Next-Gen, you’ll need these attributes:

Recommendation: With centers mainly paint-sitting in 2K21, putting a few badge points into Giant Slayer is a good idea for all guards to finish better at the rack.