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Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21

Getting open off the dribble is one of the most valuable skills in NBA 2K21. And while stick skills are still super important to master dribbling, having the right animations is the first thing you need to master.

In this post we break down the best dribble moves in NBA 2K21, with a main focus on primary ball handlers and a slight focus on players with lower ball handling:

Note: Your player will need at least an 80 Ball Handle attribute to get the pro dribble moves listed in this post.

  • Best Dribble Style: Quick or Shifty. Allows you to chain moves quickly to break down your defender and get buckets, also allows you to quick stop on next-gen.
  • Best Moving Crossover: Pro 8 for a crossover that gets you a lot of space, and Pro 2 if you want a quick move to burst past your defender. Normal 3 is good for non-playmaking builds.
  • Best Moving Behind-the-Back: Pro 3 for teleporting across the court with the flick of the stick (and next-gen), or Pro 5 to quickly change direction. Normal 2 is good for non-playmaking builds.
  • Best Moving Spin: Basic 1. Simply the best, whether you use the move a lot or not.
  • Best Moving Hesitation: Pro 3 or Pro 4. Hesis aren’t great this year, as using L2 to quick stop is the best way to stun your defender or change direction laterally.
  • Best Basic Size-Up: Pro 2 or Pro 5. Both are quick, but there’s visual differences that you’ll have to test out yourself before choosing these two top options.
  • Signature Size-Up: Steph Curry. Curry’s dribble moves are insane this year, and his size-up is a great way to start your chain of moves.
  • Size-Up Escape: Pro 2. Another Curry dribble move that will allow you to do the Curry Slide as many times as you want.

Out of Position 2 Cards

The original Out of Position promo ushered in a few great cards to MyTeam, including the point guard LeBron. The second Out of Position promo brings us even more crazy cards:

Galaxy Opal Point Guard Jonathan Isaac

The reward for collecting all the cards in this set is a point guard Jonathan Isaac, who was a budget beast for a good portion of this year.

This card has 54 HOF badges, almost all 95+ stats, and solid animations. It’s a game-breaking point guard card that will be expensive to get, but will certainly dominate whatever court he runs on.

Galaxy Opal Point Guard Kevin Durant

With basically all 95+ stats, a 6’10” height, and Kevin Durant’s signature animations, this card is about as cheesy as it gets.

Of course, this card is gonna run you 1.5 million MT on the Auction House, but it’s easily a top-three point guard in the game at this point.

Galaxy Opal Small Forward Bill Russell

All 97+ athleticism and defensive stats, a 90+ three pointer, and Hall of Fame Range Extender make this Bill Russell a great spot-up shooter and 1-5 defender.

Despite this card’s obvious overpowered nature, it won’t be super pricey, yet still not a buy now.

Galaxy Opal Center Andrei Kirilenko

AK47 is an overpowered card every year with good animations, good attributes, and good badges. And while his earler card was great, this one’s better.

The only downside to this card is that he will be a 6’9″ Power Forward, but his lights out shooting and ability to slow down any position on the court is huge. The card is currently a buy now option.

Pink Diamond Shooting Guard Giannis Antetokounmpo

Another Giannis Pink Diamond card, with this one allowing the 6’11” forward to play the 2 spot. The card isn’t great, with only an 82 3-pt shot and no Range Extender, but it’s still a Giannis card with cheesy animations.

This card won’t be super expensive nor widely used, but is still a solid card for a corner spot-up, lengthy defender, and fastbreak threat.

The Other Cards

The other cards are pretty bad, including a PD Bill Walton that can’t shoot (but can play PG), a Diamond PF/SF Dwayne Wade, and a PF/C Diamond Shaun Livingston. None are worth getting alone and all will be super cheap.

How to Quick Stop in NBA 2K21

The quick stop move, aka the “Peekaboo” was one of the most effective moves to three-point hunt and get off quick shots.

And while a bit different mechanically in 2K21, the quick stop is still an effective move. There’s two way to do it in 2K21:

Method 1: L2

The first way to quick stop is to press the L2 button before shooting. This will stop your movement and allow you to shoot shortly after.

Method 2: Let go of all Controls

A second method is to simply let go of all controls on your controller, which will stop your player and allow you to shoot.

This move feels a bit unnatural and can feel a bit inconsistent, so we like pressing L2 to quick stop. Either way, you’ll be able to do this dominant move in any game mode.

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 2K21, 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.

Best Defensive Badges for Guards

“Defense wins Championships” rings true in NBA 2K21. If your player clamps up your opponent, chances are you’re going to win most games in NBA 2K21.

And to play your best defense in NBA 2K21, you’re going to need the help of the Best Defensive Badges for Guards in the game this year:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pick Dodger: Avoiding Murder on Brick Wall Screens. An under powered badge that you still need if you don’t want your player to fall down every time you get screened (which is like five times per possession).
  • Off Ball Pest: Underrated and Underappreciated. Stops the movement of your opponent off-ball and drains their energy. Can literally kill any off-ball movement and force bad passes and turnovers.
  • Defensive Leader: If You’re in the Sharing Mood. Far from necessary, but helpful to your teammates (via stat boosts) and yourself (opposing teams’ percentages) if you have a lot of defensive badges.

There are plenty of other badges that will help your guard play top-notch defense, but the above ones are the ones that we have found most effective – and that you should definitely equip on your player.

The 5 Best Centers in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Center is one of the most important positions in basketball, and the same is true in NBA 2K21. Besides the obvious paint protection, centers play an integral part in the offense both inside and outside the 3-Point line. Here are the best center cards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam right now:

  1. Dark Matter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Dark Matter Wilt Chamberlain
  3. Opal David Robinson
  4. Dark Matter Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Dark Matter Chris Bosh
  6. Pink Diamond Bol Bol
  7. Dark Matter Ralph Sampson
  8. Pink Diamond Dirk Nowitzki
  9. Pink Diamond Nikola Jokic
  10. Dark Matter Mel Daniels

Best Budget Centers

  1. Diamond Eddy Curry
  2. Amethyst Matt Bonner
  3. Amethyst Precious Achiuwa
  4. Amethyst Marvin Bagley
  5. Amethyst Dino Radja

How to Shoot Better in NBA 2K21 (Get more Greens)

Shooting consistently in NBA 2K20 is no easy task, yet one of the most valuable skills to win a lot of games. Therefore, it’s important that you’re good at it, and we outline the ways in which you can shoot more greens in 2K.

  1. Pick the Right Build: In 2K21, any build with a sub-80 3-ball probably won’t be able to shoot consistently. 80+ is a must, but the higher you go, the bigger your green and make percentages.
  2. Pick the Right Jumpshot: Here’s the best jumpshots in 2K21 (hint: 98 is the best). The most important part of this is that you pick a jumpshot and stick with it for a period of time.
  3. Practice your Jumpshot: Go to the MyCourt, play MyCareer games, or do anything that will help you time your jumpshot better. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
  4. Pick the Right Badges: Here’s our list of Best Shooting Badges. Pick the best ones for your build and they’ll help you become a sharpshooter in no time.
  5. Only Shoot Open Shots: Shooting Contested Shots will only lessen the chance you have of making a shot, so learning the contest system and shooting open shots will help you shoot better overall.
  6. Decrease Gameplay Lag: This relates to online play, as offline play is not affected by 2K’s poor servers. Ways to decrease lag are using a LAN cable or having top-notch WIFI (which can be expensive).

These are the best tips we have to help you shoot better in both online and offline play. Let us know some of your favorite ways to green more shots in NBA 2K21.

How to Make MT Quickly in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Whether you’re saving up for a card, looking to buy packs, or just like having a big bank account in MyTeam, you’re going to need to have a method to make MT quickly. We’ve compiled the best ones here:

  1. Triple Threat Online: Most boards have MT on them, and you can also earn a lot per game from just playing. I’ve earned over 10000 MT/hour playing TTO. Winning helps you maximize your earnings.
  2. Triple Threat Offline: A non-tryhard mode where you can earn 300+ MT per sub-five minute game. This adds up, and you also get conditional win-based prizes as you climb up the ladder.
  3. Domination: You earn a ton of MT when you win the highest difficulty level for each team (2-3K in many cases), and you also get a ton of other cool prizes for playing these 30 minute games.
  4. Playing the Auction House: I’m not an expert at this method, but sniping and reselling is a way some people make a good amount of MT. I don’t know the best way to do it, however.
  5. Liquidating your collection: Chances are, you have a few players that could sell for decent MT in your collection that you don’t use. Sell them and put the MT in your balance for what you really want.
  6. Save your MT: Seems basic, but not spending your MT will allow the balance to grow as you play the game more. This means not spending it on frivolous players, contracts in many cases, and other wasteful ways.

The Best Point Guards Builds

The point guard is perhaps the most important position in any game mode in NBA 2K21, as they hold the keys to the offense and play the largest role in a win or less.

We have compiled the best Point Guard Builds in NBA 2K21, including videos how to make them, so you can take them to your favorite game mode and dominate at the PG spot.

  • The Best (and Meta) PG Build in 2K21: A Playmaking Shot Creator with 10 Defensive badges. Lights-out Shooting (the meta in 2K21), top-notch playmaking ability, and good enough defense. Here’s how to build it.
  • For a non-shooting Point Guard build: 2-Way Slashing Playmaker. Won’t be able to shoot, but makes up for this deficit with top-tier defensive, playmaking, and finishing ability. Here’s how to make it.
  • For Drive-and-Kick or Rim-Running Point Guards: Slashing Playmaker (Slashing emphasis). Contact dunks, great playmaking ability, and decent defense make this the best slashing PG build in 2K21. Learn how to make it here.
  • For the Team-Focused PG: Slashing Playmaker (Pure Playmaking). A decent all-around build that will be able to break down defenders, dime up teammates, and be a team-first PG. Here’s how to make it.
  • For Off-Ball Point Guards: 2-Way Sharpshooter. Can’t dribble, but is the perfect 3-and-D guard that can defend opposing PG’s and knock down tons of threes on the other end. Learn how to built it here.

If you’re on the PS5 or Xbox X, we are still testing the best builds and will release a full list soon. Until then, this all-around build is what we consider the best point guard build in 2K21 Next-Gen.

The Best Layup Packages

Finishing at the rim is one of the most animation-driven features in 2K, meaning you better hope you get the right animation or you’re missing an open layup.

Therefore, you’re going to need the right Layup package for your player. We’ve compiled the best ones in 2K21, all based on the type of player you have.

  1. Long Athlete: Allows your player to starts layups outside the key, get nice hop step animations, and finish through contact.
  2. Jamal Crawford: Has some really interesting animations in this package for mixtapes or just showing off. Circus is decent, too, but in a more subdued way.
  3. Stephen Curry: Nice, usually unblockable lay-in animations that allow you to finish among bigger defenders, but not great at finishing through contact.
  4. Default Swing: The best for lower-rated finishers who can’t unlock the above three layup packages.
  5. Dominant Big: The best layup package for big men that gives you decent standing layup animations and allows you to play like Shaq in the paint.