Category: NBA 2K22 News

Special Delivery

Special Delivery is a new badge for NBA 2K21 next gen and gives a takeover boost for both the passer and receiver after a flashy assist. Additionally, this badge increases alley-oop success and shot chance for receivers after a flashy pass. This badge replaces Lob City Passer from NBA 2K21 current generation.

Recommendation: Special Delivery is a highly effective badge for its job, but is only necessary if you’re using flashy passes and lobs frequently. Otherwise, it’s largely useless.

Bullet Passer

Bullet Passer is back f0r NBA 2K22 and speeds up how quickly a player gets the ball out their hands as well as the velocity of the pass. This badge replaces Pass Fake Maestro from NBA 2K21.

Here’s how you can unlock Bullet Passer for your player in NBA 2K22:

  • Bronze: 51 Pass Accuracy
  • Silver: 70 Pass Accuracy
  • Gold: 85 Pass Accuracy
  • Hall of Fame: 97 Pass Accuracy

Recommendation: Bullet Passer is a must have for playmaking builds, as it truly does boost how quickly you get the ball to your teammates for easy buckets.

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