Category: NBA 2K22 Badges

Guide to Shooting Badges – Here
Guide to Finishing Badges – Here
Guide to Defensive Badges – Here
Guide to Playmaking Badges – Here

Hot Stopper

Hot Stopper is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives an additional boost towards Takeover progress after making plays on defense.

It’s a bit different than Heart Crusher, which gives a Takeover boost to your teammates as well for big defensive plays.

Recommendation: We don’t recommend this badge for any defender, as Heart Crusher does more than Hot Stopper does for you or your teammates.

Ankle Braces

Ankle Braces is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and lowers the likelihood of getting ankle-broken by opposing dribble moves.

Recommendation: Ankle Braces is a decent badge for consistent on-ball defenders, but it is far from a necessary for perimeter defense.

Fade Ace

Fade Ace is back for NBA 2K22 and improves your players’ ability to shoot post fades. It is in the shooting category of badges.

To unlock Fade Ace on Next Gen:

  • Bronze: 47 Mid Range
  • Silver: 58 Mid Range
  • Gold: 66 Mid Range
  • Hall of Fame: 73 Mid Range

Recommendation: Fade Ace is a decently effective badge that is best equipped on post scorers. Beyond that, there are many other badges to put on your shooter besides Fade Ace.

Deep Threes

Deep Threes is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen that replaces Range Extender. This badge extends the range from which a player can effectively shoot threes.

To unlock Deep Threes for your next-gen MyPlayer:

  • Gold: 77 Three Pointer
  • Hall of Fame: 94 Three Pointer
  • Can not equip or unlock on MyPlayer Centers

Recommendation: This badge is pretty much necessary for any shooter to space the floor and shoot for deep, so we recommend maxing it out on your MyPlayer and your favorite MyTeam cards.

Circus Threes

Circus Threes is back for NBA 2K@2 and gives boost to stepback and other difficult shots from beyond the arc.

To unlock Circus Threes on next-gen:

  • Bronze: 61 3pt
  • Silver: 74 3pt
  • Gold: 84 3pt
  • Hall of Fame: 91 3pt

Recommendation: Circus Threes is a great badge if your frequently shoot difficult three pointers. It’s certainly an effective badge when used, but there are certainly better shooting badges in the game.


Blinders is back for NBA 2K22 and allows your player to be unfazed by defenders contesting shots from the side. It replaces Steady Shooter from 2K21.

To unlock one of the best badges for your MyPlayer:

  • Bronze: 67 Mid Range or 3pt
  • Silver: 78 Mid Range or 3pt
  • Gold: 88 Mid Range or 3pt
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Mid Range or 3pt

Recommendation: It’s one of the best shooting badges in 2K22, so we recommend it for your player to block out any chances a defender can contest your player from the side.

Badge Conversions from Current Gen to Next Gen

If you look at our post on all the Shooting badges in both versions of NBA 2K21, you’ll notice there are several new badges in the Next Gen game.

And if you play MyTeam, there are specific conversions from the current gen game to the next gen game. Listed below are these conversions.

  • Showtime = Posterizer
  • Pick and Roller = Rise Up
  • Cross Key Scorer = Heat Seeker
  • Deep Hooks = Hooks Specialist
  • Relentless Finisher = Fearless Finisher
  • Fastbreak Finisher = Highlight Film
  • Flexible Release = Sniper
  • Pump Fake Maestro = Set Shooter
  • Deep Fades = Fade Ace
  • Steady Shooter = Blinders
  • Range Extender = Deep Threes
  • Hot Start = Hot Shot
  • Flashy Passer = Relay Passer
  • Lob City Passer = Special Delivery
  • Lightning Reflexes = Ankle Braces

Removed Badges:

  • Consistent Finisher
  • Contact Finisher
  • Fancy Footwork
  • Pick and Popper
  • Moving Truck

NBA 2K22 Badges

Compiled here is the list of badges in NBA 2K22. There are 80 total badges in 2K22, with 20 spread across each category.

Finishing Badges

  • Acrobat
  • Backdown Punisher
  • Dream Shake
  • Dropstepper
  • Fast Twitch
  • Fearless Finisher
  • Giant Slayer
  • Grace under Pressure
  • Hook Specialist
  • Limitless Takeoff
  • Lob City Finisher
  • Mouse in the House
  • Post Spin Technician
  • Posterizer
  • Pro Touch
  • Putback Boss
  • Rise Up
  • Slithery Finisher
  • Tear Dropper
  • Unstrippable

Check out our complete guide to Finishing Badges, including the function of each Finishing badge, here.

Shooting Badges

  • Blinders
  • Catch and Shoot
  • Chef
  • Circus Threes
  • Clutch Shooter
  • Corner Specialist
  • Deadeye
  • Difficult Shots
  • Fade Ace
  • Green Machine
  • Hot Zone Hunter
  • Limitless Spot-Up
  • Lucky #7
  • Mismatch Expert
  • Rhythm Shooter
  • Set Shooter
  • Slippery Off-Ball
  • Sniper
  • Stop & Pop
  • Volume Shooter

Check out the complete guide on Shooting Badges, including their functions, here.

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker
  • Bail Out
  • Break Starter
  • Bullet Passer
  • Dimer
  • Downhil
  • Floor General
  • Glue Hands
  • Handles for Days
  • Hyperdrive
  • Needle Threader
  • Post Playmaker
  • Quick Chain
  • Quick First Step
  • Space Creator
  • Special Delivery
  • Stop & Go
  • Tight Handles
  • Triple Threat Juke
  • Unpluckable

Check out the Full guide to Playmaking badges here.

Defensive Badges

  • Ankle Braces
  • Ball Stripper
  • Box
  • Brick Wall
  • Chase Down Artist
  • Clamps
  • Defensive Leader
  • Heart Crusher
  • Hustler
  • Interceptor
  • Intimidator
  • Menace
  • Off-Ball Pest
  • Pick Dodger
  • Pick Pocket
  • Pogo Stick
  • Post Lockdown
  • Rebound Chaser
  • Rim Protector
  • Tireless Defender
  • Worm

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: