Category: NBA 2K21 Shooting Badges

The Best Dribble Pull-Up Animations

One of the best shots in the game for guards is the Dribble Pull-Up, whether that means shooting a fade or simply shooting off the dribble. But like Jumpshots, not all Dribble Pull-Up Animations are built the same. Here are the best dribble pullups in the game right now:

  1. Stephen Curry: The quickest and easiest-to-time dribble pull-up animation set. Works for guards, wings, and bigs, and is by far the best for your player.
  2. Pro 2: An athletic package that is a bit slower than the Curry package but gets more space on pull-ups. Good set of animations too, whether closer to the basket or further away.
  3. Normal: Not as good as Normal 4 in past games, but the closest thing to it. Gets you decent enough space and gives you some extra time to green the shot.

How to Grind your Badges Quickly and Efficiently

Grinding badges can be one of the most tedious parts of NBA 2K22. But it doesn’t have to take forever. In this article we break down the quickest and most efficient ways to grind the badges on your player.

Shooting

  • Take tons of shots on low difficulty: The easiest way to get shooting badges is to play on pro difficulty and throw up a ton of 3’s. The low difficulty will make it easier to shoot and thus get more badge points.
  • Pick the right badges to help grind: Once you get some initial badges, you need to get the right badges. Equipping Chef/Limitless Spot-Up and Hot Zone Hunter, even on low levels, will make grinding shooting badges easy.
  • Do the Corner 3’s Drill in the Practice Facility: An easy way to get 1500+ badge points while practicing your jumpshot timing. The easiest and most efficient practice method to get shooting badge points.

Playmaking

  • Abuse the Pick and Roll: The Pick and Roll is one of the only easy ways to score on Next-Gen, but will get you a ton of assists and badge points along the way. Get a good center with brick wall and abuse the Pick and Roll.
  • The Triangle and Cut Method: This method has you hold triangle to call for your teammates to cut to the basket. This should help your teammates get easy buckets and help you get badge points.
  • Prioritize throwing lobs: Lobs are the best way to get the max points per possession. However, they can sometimes be hard to successfully completed. Thus, if you see a teammate wide open for a lob, throw it.
  • Pick the right badges to help grind: Quick First Step is a must-have badge for any other badge types, but Dimer and Lob City Passer are the best badges to help you get more playmaking badge points.
  • Do the Outlet Pass drill in the practice facility: The Outlet Pass drill is an easy 650 points almost every attempt. While the Lob drill is also quick and efficient, bad teammates can affect the success of this drill.

Finishing

  • Utilize fast breaks: Cherry picking is an easy way to get easy dunks and layups, which get you more finishing badge points. Use any fast breaks to get easy buckets instead of pulling up for three.
  • Pick the right badges to help grind: Quick First Step is a must for getting to the basket, and Contact Finisher/Fearless Finisher are musts for grinding slashing, and other badges like Slithery Finisher can also help.
  • Do the Lob Finishes drill in the practice facility: This drill has you catch lobs. While it may depend on your teammate, you get 700 points for completing the drill. It helps if you have Lob City Finisher on, as well.

Defense

  • Bump Steals: Bump steals are a great way to rack up easy defensive badge points. The only problem is they can be a bit tough at times. But timing and positioning correctly can be an easily repeatable way to get defensive badges.
  • Rebounds: Big men get a ton of defensive badge points for rebounds. You will need the Rebound Chaser badge as high as you can put it, but it is the easiest way for big men to get easy defensive badge points.
  • Pick the right badges to help grind: We already mentioned Rebound Chaser, but other badges like Rim Protector and Intimidator are musts for grinding any player.
  • Do the Charge drill in the practice facility: This drill is easy and gets you 700 points. If it’s not your cup of tea, the Blocking drill is great for big men to get easy points on the defensive end.

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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 how you unlock C&S 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.

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

NBA 2K20 Badges – The Complete List

Finishing

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.

Shooting

Catch & Shoot: For a short time after receiving a pass, the receiver’s outside shooting attributes get a significant boost.

Clutch Shooter: Shot attempts that occur during the final moments of the 4th quarter, or in any overtime period, receive a large boost.

Corner Specialist: Deep mid-range or 3pt shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, whether it is off the dribble or off the catch.

Deadeye: Jump shots taken with a defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest. This includes both mid-range and 3pt shots.

Deep fades: Post fadeaways taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal.

Difficult Shots: Boosts your player’s ability to make shots off the dribble, in addition to boosting your player’s ability to make moving shots.

Flexible Release: Shot timing penalties for jump shots are reduced, making it easier to knock down attempts even when releasing early or late.

Green Machine: Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots. 

Hot Start: For every made shot from the beginning of the game, players receives a shot attribute bonus that lasts until the first missed shot attempt

Hot Zone Hunter: Shots that are taken in a player’s hot zone(s) are given a boost

Ice in Veins: Free throws taken in the second half of close games or overtime periods are given a boost. Also, the timing window for free throws becomes larger.

Pick & Popper: Shot attempts that come after setting a screen are given a boost if the shot happens far enough from the rim and within a few seconds after the screen has been set.

Pump Fake Maestro: Shortens the timer that determines how long after a pump fake a player can shoot without incurring a shot percentage penalty.

Quick Draw: The higher the badge level, the faster a player will be able to release all jump shots.

Range Extender: Adds extra distance to a player’s given shot range for both mid-range and 3pt shots.

Slippery Off-Ball: When attempting to get open off screens, the player more effectively navigates through traffic.

Steady Shooter: Shot attempts that are contested receive less of a penalty, however shot attempts that are open do not receive as much of a bonus.

Tireless Scorer: Shot attributes on jump shots suffer a smaller penalty than normal when tired.

Volume Shooter: After a player has taken a small handful of shots, an additional boost to shot attributes is given for ever subsequent shot, whether it’s a make or a miss.

Playmaking

Ankle Breaker: Improves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves, especially stepback moves or certain chains of dribble moves.

Bail Out: Increases the chances of a successful and accurate pass out of a jumpshot or layup while mid-air.

Break Starter: Allows rebounders to throw more effective deep outlet passes shortly following a defensive rebound.

Dimer: Gives a shooting boost to receivers in catch-and-shoot oppurtunities.

Downhill: Increases your player’s speed with ball rating on fastbreak opportunities

Dream Shake: Increases the chances that a defender falls for a pump fake in the post. In addition, your player’s shooting attributes increase after post moves or pump fakes.

Flashy Passer: Gives a Takeover boost to the passer and receiver after following a made shot off a flashy pass.

Floor General: Boosts your teammates’ offensive attributes when on the floor.

Handles for Days: Allows playmakers and dribbling builds to lose less stamina when chaining dribble moves.

Lob City Passer: Increases the chances of a successful alley-oop pass and finish. It boosts both your player’s passing attribute and the finishing attributes of your receiver.

Needle Threader: Increases the success of tough passes between defenders. When activated, this badge will boost your passing attributes and help deliver a crisp pass.

Pass Fake Maestro: Increases the effectiveness of fake passes by making them quicker and tighter.

Post Spin Technician: Boosts a player’s post spin or post drive

Quick First Step: Allows players to get more explosive first steps out of the triple threat or size up.

Space Creator: Boosts your player’s ability to create space from a defender on a step back move or shot.

Stop & Go: Allows ball handlers to quickly stop-and-go while dribbling. You also get unique launch animations on stop-and-gos with this badge.

Tight Handles: Boosts your player’s ball handling in one-on-one situations.

Unpluckable: Makes it more difficult for defenders to steal the ball from your player.

Defending and Rebounding

Box: Strengthens a player’s ability to effectively box out opponents in anticipation of a rebound.

Brick Wall: This badge 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.

Chase Down Artist: Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when he is chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.

Clamps: Defenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding riding the ball handler.

Defensive Leader: Lifts the defensive ability of teammates when on the court. Also, at the Hall of Fame level, can see potential shot percentages of opposing players. 

Heart crusher: After successfully blocking or stealing the ball from an opponent, an additional penalty is given to the opposing player’s takeover meter.

Interceptor: The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases.

Intimidator: Offensive players have less success shooting when contested by players with this badge. Also boosts the shot defense rating when tightly guarding an opponent.

Lightning Reflexes: Gives the defender an advantage to read where the ball handler is going in the Read and React System.

Moving Truck: Players are more effective pushing opponents out of the post while playing defense.

Off-Ball Pest: Makes players more difficult to get past when playing off-ball, as they can grab and hold their matchup and don’t get their ankles broken as often.

Pick Dodger: Improves a player’s ability to navigate through and round screens while on defense.

Pick Pocket: Increases the chances of a steal and reduces the chances of a foul when attempting to strip the ball from a ball handler. Also improves the chances of successful layup strips. 

Pogo Stick: Allows players to quickly go back for another block attempt upon landing.

Post Move Lockdown: Increases the chances of a defender preventing an offensive post move from succeeding.

Rebound chaser: Improves a player’s ability to track down rebounds from farther distances than normal.

Rim protector: Improves player’s ability to block shots, unlocks special animations and gives a boost to the Takeover meter for the blocker and blocker’s teammates following a block.

Tireless defender: Allows defenders to play defense more aggressively without losing energy at the same rate as a normal player.

Trapper: When trapping offensive players, defenders are more effective at forcing pickups and turnovers than normal. 

Worm: When boxed out, rebounders have more success swimming around and getting into successful rebound position.

NBA 2K22 Shooting Badges: The Complete Guide

Check out related Shooting Badges articles: Best Shooting Badges | Best Jumpshots | How to Shoot Better in NBA 2K21

Now here is the list of Shooting Badges in NBA 2K21, on both Next Gen and current generation consoles.

NBA 2K22 Shooting Badges

  • Blinders: Becomes unfazed by defenders from the side.
  • Catch and Shoot: Boosts the chance of hitting a three-pointer immediately after a catch.
  • Chef: Increases the ability to knock down Steph Curry-esque off-dribble deep threes. The replacement for Deep Threes from 2K21.
  • Circus Threes: Boosts to stepback threes.
  • Clutch Shooter: Increases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments.
  • Corner Specialist: Gives a boost to shots taken in the corner.
  • Deadeye: Reduces the impact of a defender who is closing out.
  • Difficult Shots: Improves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble from mid range.
  • Fade Ace: Improves ability to shoot post fades.
  • Green Machine: Increases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases.
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Boosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player’s favorite spots.
  • Limitless Spot-up: Increases the ability to hit logo-range 3’s off a catch and shoot.
  • Lucky #7: Boosts your ability to score when shooting early in the shot clock.
  • Mismatch Expert: Boosts the ability to successfully shoot over taller defenders on a switch.
  • Rhythm Shooter: Improves shots taken after breaking down your defender.
  • Set Shooter: Increases shot rating when taking your time before shooting.
  • Slippery Off-Ball: Strengthens the player’s ability to get open off the ball.
  • Sniper: Boosts to well-aimed shots.
  • Stop & Pop: Boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling.
  • Volume Shooter: Boosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Badges:

  • Antifreeze: Harder to get cold and lose your Takeover progress.
  • Blinders: Becomes unfazed by defenders from the side.
  • Catch and Shoot: Boosts the chance of hitting a three-pointer immediately after a catch.
  • Circus Threes: Boosts to stepback threes.
  • Clutch Shooter: Increases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments.
  • Corner Specialist: Gives a boost to shots taken in the corner.
  • Deadeye: Reduces the impact of a defender who is closing out.
  • Deep Threes: Extends the range from which a player can effectively shoot threes.
  • Difficult Shots: Improves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble from mid range.
  • Fade Ace: Improves ability to shoot post fades.
  • Green Machine: Increases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases.
  • Hot Shot: Boosts takeover meter after hitting jumpshots.
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Boosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player’s favorite spots.
  • Ice in Veins: Improves a player’s free throw percentage during critical moments.
  • Rhythm Shooter: Improves shots taken after breaking down your defender.
  • Set Shooter: Increases shot rating when taking your time before shooting.
  • Slippery Off-Ball: Strengthens the player’s ability to get open off the ball.
  • Sniper: Boosts to well-aimed shots.
  • Stop & Pop: Boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling.
  • Tireless Shooter: Improves a player’s ability to make shots when fatigued.
  • Volume Shooter: Boosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game.

NBA 2K21 Current Gen Badges:

  • Catch & Shoot: For a short time after receiving a pass, the receiver’s outside shooting attributes get a significant boost.
  • Clutch Shooter: Shot attempts that occur during the final moments of the 4th quarter, or in any overtime period, receive a large boost.
  • Corner Specialist: Deep mid-range or 3pt shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, whether it is off the dribble or off the catch.
  • Deadeye: Jump shots taken with a defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest. This includes both mid-range and 3pt shots.
  • Deep fades: Post fadeaways taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal.
  • Difficult Shots: Boosts your player’s ability to make shots off the dribble, in addition to boosting your player’s ability to make moving shots.
  • Flexible Release: Shot timing penalties for jump shots are reduced, making it easier to knock down attempts even when releasing early or late.
  • Green Machine: Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots. 
  • Hot Start: For every made shot from the beginning of the game, players receives a shot attribute bonus that lasts until the first missed shot attempt
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Shots that are taken in a player’s hot zone(s) are given a boost
  • Ice in Veins: Free throws taken in the second half of close games or overtime periods are given a boost. Also, the timing window for free throws becomes larger.
  • Pick & Popper: Shot attempts that come after setting a screen are given a boost if the shot happens far enough from the rim and within a few seconds after the screen has been set.
  • Pump Fake Maestro: Shortens the timer that determines how long after a pump fake a player can shoot without incurring a shot percentage penalty.
  • Range Extender: Adds extra distance to a player’s given shot range for both mid-range and 3pt shots.
  • Slippery Off-Ball: When attempting to get open off screens, the player more effectively navigates through traffic.
  • Steady Shooter: Shot attempts that are contested receive less of a penalty, however shot attempts that are open do not receive as much of a bonus.
  • Tireless Scorer: Shot attributes on jump shots suffer a smaller penalty than normal when tired.
  • Volume Shooter: After a player has taken a small handful of shots, an additional boost to shot attributes is given for ever subsequent shot, whether it’s a make or a miss.

Difficult Shots Badge

The Difficult Shots badge is back for NBA 2K22 and boosts your player’s ability to make shots off the dribble and moving shots in the mid range, including fading jumpers, spin jumpers, hop shot jumpers, and other moving shots.

To unlock Difficult Shots on next-gen:

  • Bronze: 66 Mid Range
  • Silver: 75 Mid Range
  • Gold: 84 Mid Range
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Mid Range

Recommendation: We recommend maxing out Difficult Shots for players who take a bunch of moving shots, but otherwise it is a largely useless badge for standstill shots.

Volume Shooter Badge

The Volume Shooter badge is back for NBA 2K22 and boosts shooting attributes after a player has taken a small handful of shots, whether the shot is a make or a miss.

To unlock Volume Shooter on next-gen:

  • Bronze: 55 Mid Range and 54 3pt
  • Silver: 66 Mid Range and 65 3pt
  • Gold: 74 Mid Range or 3pt
  • Hall of Fame: 82 Mid Range or 3pt

Recommendation: This badge can certainly be a huge help for players who shoot a lot in any game mode, and unlike in the past, there are no negatives to having this badge equipped.

Steady Shooter Badge

The Steady Shooter badge is new for NBA 2K20 and reduces the penalty on contested shots, and on a lesser level, reduces the boosts on open shots. It essentially helps shoot contested shots.

This badge doesn’t give a huge boost on most contested shots, but you’ll start seeing more success while in Sharpshooting Takeover. However, you’ll notice that you miss a lot more open shots with this badge.

Recommendation: We don’t recommend this badge, as it penalizes good shots and barely boosts most contested shots. It can be fun to play around with, however, from time to time.

Quick Draw Badge

The Quick Draw badge is new for NBA 2K20 and quickens your jump shot’s release. And the higher the level of the badge, the quicker the jumpshot will be. It is in the Shooting category of badges.

This badge is the most important shooting badge in 2K20, as all jumpshots are purposely slow this year. Every build looking to shoot should have the badge, but which level depends on your personal preference.

Here’s a video further breaking down the badge:

Pick & Popper Badge

The Pick & Popper badge is back for NBA 2K20 and boosts shot attempts that come after setting a screen if the shot happens far enough from the rim and within a few seconds after the screen has been set.

The Pick & Popper is super effective if used correctly and often, so definitely equip this badge if you’re a shooter planning on Picking and Popping often in the Park or Pro-Am.