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Chef

Chef is a new badge for NBA 2K22 and improves your player’s ability to knock down Steph Curry-like off-dribble deep 3’s. It is in the shooting category of badges and is a replacement of Deep 3’s/Range Extender.

To unlock Chef for your Myplayer on Next-Gen:

  • Bronze: 64 3pt
  • Silver: 74 3pt
  • Gold: 85 3pt
  • Hall of Fame: 96 3pt

This will be a must-have badge for off-dribble shooters.

Limitless Takeoff

Limitless Takeoff is a new badge for NBA 2K22 and improves your player’s ability to soar from further away on dunk attempts. It is in the finishing category of badges.

Here are the attribute requirements for equipping this badge:

  • Bronze: 60 Driving Dunk
  • Silver: 74 Driving Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Driving Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 92 Driving Dunk

We’re not sure how this badge is going to play in the game, but we don’t see a ton of benefit to it. Maybe you can get a Jordan-esque free throw line dunk every once in a while, but will that be worth the badge points?

NBA 2K22 Badges: The Complete Guide

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Best NBA 2K22 MyPlayer Builds for Each Position

NBA 2K22 is a team game in that everyone must contribute their part in order to win. The best way for each position to make their contribution is to each have the best build at their position, meaning the ones with the best attributes and badges to dominate their spot on the floor.

In this post we break down the best builds at each position for both Current Gen and Next-Gen NBA 2K22, starting with Next Gen:

The best build for each position on Next-Gen:

  • Point Guard: 3pt Playmaker. A top-notch dribbler and shooter that can carry an offense. Although other PG builds may have better defense or finishing, this build has the offensive chops to beat any defender. Here’s how to make this build.
  • Shooting Guard: 2-Way 3-Level Scorer. A 3&D build that can lock down point guards and hit 3-pointers on the other end. Subpar playmaking, but good finishing to make this build the top SG. Here’s how to create it yourself.
  • Small Forward: 2-Way Inside the Arc Scorer. Another 3&D-type build at the SF spot that can guard 1-5, dunk on defenders, and shoot at a high level. Here is how to make this build.
  • Power Forward: Power Forward builds are a bit weak this year, so we recommend going with a well-rounded 3&D Wing SF build or a bigger 2-Way Facilitator C build.
  • Center: 2-Way Stretch Glass Cleaner. A build that is a traditional interior defender that can also shoot and finish in the paint. Here’s a video on how to make this build.

The best build for each position on Current Gen:

  • Point Guard: Playmaking Shot Creator. An offensive monster that can shoot and dribble at a high level, and hold their own finishing in the paint and on the defensive end. See how to build it here.
  • Shooting Guard: Perimeter Lockdown. A good spot-up shooter and lockdown perimeter defender that can take the defensive load off the point guard. Learn how to build it here.
  • Small Forward: Perimeter Lockdown. Another good defensive and spot-up build that can guard the Point Guard through Power Forward. Watch how to build it here.
  • Power Forward: Glass-Cleaning Lockdown. A taller build that can both shoot from the perimeter and defend the paint, and play the pivotal versatile role PF’s need to play. Here’s how to make it.
  • Center: Glass-Cleaning Lockdown. A defensive and finishing build that is perfect for both Rec and Park. Can’t shoot or dribble, but will be a top-notch Paint Protector, Rebounder and Roller. Here’s how to build it.

NBA 2K22 Official News Thread

NBA 2K22 will be released on September 10, 2021. This post will contain all the news drops available for NBA 2K22 and should serve as your go-to headquarters for finding new information about the newest iteration of the game.

Jump to: 2K22 Versions | Gameplay Updates | MyCareer News | Park/City News | MyTeam News | Other Info

Versions of the Game and the Cover Athletes

  • Standard Edition: Available for both Current ($60) and Next-Gen ($70). Contains one copy of the game for the respective console in which you purchase the game for. Preorder here.
  • Cross-Gen Digital: For $80, you get a digital version of both the Current and Next-Gen versions of the game on either the Playstation or Xbox console family. Preorder here.
  • 75th Anniversary Edition: With Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowtizki, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the cover, this version contains both the Current and Next-Gen versions of the game, plus some extra goodies like 100,000 VC. Preorder here.
  • 25th Anniversary WNBA Version: With Candace Parker on the cover, this is a Next-Gen only version of the game. It’s still the full NBA 2K22 game, but with a WNBA-specific cover. Preorder here.

Gameplay Updates

  • 2K claims to have a new slate of signature moves and combos, and jump shooting, contact dunks, and alley oops are apparently more skill-based. We’ll see, but hopefully this decreases the amount of ridiculous dunk animations and whites going in.
  • 2K also claims there is a new shot contest and blocking system. Next-Gen has a notoriously bad contest system, especially in the paint, so hopefully this claim applies especially to the PS5/Xbox X version of the game.
  • We expect these changes to largely affect Next-Gen. Current Gen has largely been the same game for the past few years. Current Gen may see the addition of sigs, but I doubt it will get any other major gameplay revamps.
  • 2K’s gameplay director stated that the on-court experience is similar between current and next-gen 2K22. Graphics probably differ, but controls and on-court feel seem to be pretty similar according to this source.
  • Some shooting stuff: You don’t need a super high rating to shoot decently, Steady Shooter is gone, the vibration cue remains out of the game, shot aiming is gone, and there is a new shot meter.

MyCareer

  • MyCareer is going to be completely different between Current Gen and Next-Gen. There is no cross-progression.
  • Next-Gen will have no storyline like in past years, apparently the focus is on your player’s life in the City. This includes storylines around endorsements, quests with NPCs in the City, and amassing wealth and assets like housing and other stuff.
  • We expect Current Gen to have a similar experience to past years. There will be a new storyline, but the same endorsement pipeline and a shorter timeline that cuts out at about midway through the first season. Most will skip the story on Current Gen, anyways.
  • There will be seasonal animation content drops for the MyPlayer mode. This includes dribble animations and even jumpshot animations.
  • Preorder NBA 2K22 here.

The City/Neighborhood

  • On Next-Gen, the City will feature NPCs that supposedly enhance the experience. We’re a bit skeptical about their role. In addition, the City is redesigned to also improve the experience of walking around. Hopefully stuff is easier to find and walk times are decreased.
  • MATCHMAKING IS FINALLY ON NEXT-GEN. Although there are not many details, apparently we will be able to hop into certain buildings and get games. Hopefully this means we can go solo when our buddies can’t play, but we shall see.
  • Current Gen’s Park is now on a cruise ship. Kind of a cool concept, but it will probably otherwise have the same layout as the past few years. Apparently the cruise ship will stop at islands for special events, but we’ll see closer to release date.
  • Seasons are apparently a feature in the City and Neighborhood. They made their debut in MyTeam in 2K21, and offered prizes for a limited amount of time based on gameplay. We loved them in MyTeam, and they will probably be pretty cool for online MyCareer game modes.
  • As always, visuals of the new City and Cruise Ship will be released basically a few days before release of the game. This means we will have to wait until around September 5-9 to see some real news on the supposed upgrades.

MyTeam

  • MyTeam will largely be the same between console generations, with the only differences being related to gameplay. There is cross-progression between the consoles, meaning your progress is saved on both Current Gen and Next Gen consoles.
  • Seasons, which was actually a great way to keep MyTeam alive during typical dead periods, is back for 2K22.They apparently extend to all game modes, but we assume it will be about the same as the seasons we saw and loved in 2K21.
  • Draft mode is back for MyTeam, which allows two players to join a game without having a team prepared. Instead, they are randomly assigned players. This should be fun for some players (especially NMS), but may not be used by the card collector players.
  • Apparently there is a new game mode debuting around Thanksgiving/Christmas. We don’t have any details on it, but it might be interesting to keep an eye out for.

Other Relevant Information

  • There is no cross-console play this year, meaning Xbox players cannot play with or against Playstation players and Current Gen players can not play against or with Next-Gen players.
  • MyTeam progress again carries over from Current Gen to Next-Gen, and vice-versa. MyCareer will not have cross-progression, however, and MyCareer will vary differently between generations again.
  • The Nintendo Switch and the PC will receive only the Current Gen version of the game. This is a sad development, especially for the PC, but they will only receive the older version of the game for the second straight year.
  • Preorder NBA 2K22 here.

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The Best Small Forwards in NBA 2K22 MyTeam

Small Forwards play a pivotal role in every game on both ends of the floor, making it necessary to have a good one on your squad. Here are the top 5 SFs in NBA 2K22 MyTeam right now:

  1. Dark Matter, Invincible Giannis Antetokounmpo: This 65-HOF badge Giannis is an unstoppable force on offense, and a lockdown defender of any position. He’s expensive, but worth it in most cases.
  2. Dark Matter, Invincible Lebron James: Lebron’s Invincible card fits the bill, as he will be an overall dominant force on both sides of the ball at the 3 spot.
  3. Dark Matter Kevin Durant: The typical dominant Durant card HOF badges in every important category, great animations, and an expensive price tag. He’s certainly worth it, however.
  4. Dark Matter Bobby Jones: He’s not a big name, but Jones is seriously one of the best defenders in the game. He can guard 1-through-5, and he’s also a great spot-up shooter as well.
  5. Dark Matter Kawhi Leonard: Kawhi is one of the best players in the entire game, with dominant defense, shooting, dribbling, and slashing. He’s expensive but seriously the most dominant SF in the game.

Best Budget Small Forwards:

Sub-25K MT: Pink Diamond Lamar Odom. A swiss army knife card that can dunk, shoot, defend, and even dribble at the SF spot. Odom is 6’10” as well, so he is also usable against the Lebron and Giannis cards.

Sub-10K MT: Diamond Darius Miles. Miles can drive and dunk with the best cards, and he’s a good overall defender as well. He’s probably limited to spot-up duty on the shooting end, however.

Sub-2K MT: Amethyst Jeff Green. A super versatile player for a great price. Green can shoot, dunk, defend wings. He will need a few shooting badges if you want to use him as anything other than a corner spot-up.

Rise Up

Rise Up is back for NBA 2K22 and increases the likelihood of dunking the ball when standing in the painted area. It replaces Pick & Roller from NBA 2K21.

To unlock Rise Up on gold, you’ll need at least these attributes:

  • Bronze: 65 Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 75 Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 84 Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 95 Standing Dunk

Recommendation: Rise Up is a top-five finishing badge and will help you dunk the ball more. We recommend it for most builds who finish in the paint a decent amount.

Posterizer

Posterizer is a back for NBA 2K22 and increases the chances of throwing down a dunk on your defender. It replaces Showtime from 2K21 current generation.

To unlock Posterizer, you’ll need these attributes:

  • Bronze: 70 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Silver: 80 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Gold: 90 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Driving Dunk or Standing Dunk

Recommendation: Posterizer is a must-have badge for players that can dunk. It is a top-three finishing badge on both systems and helps you get a great number of contact dunks.

Hook Specialist

Hook Specialist is back for NBA 2K22 Next-Gen and current gen. This badge gives a boost to post hooks from any distance and is in the finishing category of badges.

To unlock the badge, you need these attributes:

  • Bronze: 71 Close Shot
  • Silver: 80 Close Shot
  • Gold: 90 Close Shot
  • Hall of Fame: 99 Close Shot

Recommendation: This badge is only good for Post Scorers, who should put it on Hall of Fame with no hesitation.