The Off-Ball Pest badge is new for NBA 2K20, and 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.
This badge is actually extremely effective in 2K20, especially as off-ball defender, as it allows you to slow down the person you’re guarding off-ball and also drain their stamina.
Recommendation: This badge is far from necessary, but it’s really awesome when used correctly. Not only can you frustrate your opponent when guarding off-ball, but you can drain their stamina and lock them down.
Bronze is enough to get enough off-ball bumps, but Gold or Hall of Fame is where you’ll be a demon off-ball defender. This badge is effective in any game mode.