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Best Shooting Guards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

Shooting Guards are often disrespected in MyTeam, given less focus despite their massive impact on each game.

In this post we break down the best SGs in 2K21 Myteam, broken down into categories that will help you build a competitive squad.

Best Overall Shooting Guard: Amethyst Klay Thompson. Silver Range, Gold Clamps, and a 95 3-ball. Perfect Spot-up that can also shut down opposing PGs.

Best Slasher: PD Dominique Wilkins. Elite dunking ability and a more-than-capable shooter and defender. Deadly in fastbreak scenarios and will dunk on everybody.

Best Lockdown Defender: Amethyst Michael Cooper. Hall of Fame Clamps and a decent shooter. Cheap, too, and perfect for guarding the opposing teams’ PGs. Even Cheaper: Ruby Bruce Bowen. Gold Clamps and an 88 3-ball.

Best Sharpshooter: Ruby Ray Allen (for a better jumpshot) or Ruby Eric Gordon (no Steady Shooter and has Gold Quick First Step). Both are cheap.

Best SG that isn’t an SG: Diamond Deron Williams. A 6’10” wingspan allows D-Will to play the two and be a spot-up, secondary ball-handler, and decent defender.

Best Budget Shooting Guard: Ruby Paul George or Ruby Klay Thompson. Both 3-and-D guys, George is a better dunker, Klay is a better shooter.

The Future Best SG: PD Jaylen Brown. The Limited Reward that will be available at the end of November. Can shoot, clamp up, and jam it on anyone.

Who are you running at SG on your squad?

Best Point Guards in NBA 2K21 MyTeam

MyTeam has certainly been interesting this year, with a focus on shorter Point Guards and a slow power creep.

Given this, here is our list of the best PGs in MyTeam in NBA 2K21, broken down into categories based on how you and other players play.

  • The Best Point Guard in MyTeam: PD Steph Curry. The Best Shooter in the game, good playmaking ability, and can dunk and defend at a high level. Crazy animations, too, but locked behind a ridiculous (and expired) grind.
  • The best PG not named Curry: Diamond Deron Williams. Put Range Extender on him and he’s dominate on both ends of the floor. Even without it he’s crazy, can shoot, dribble, and defend (with a 6’10” Wingspan).
  • The best 3-Hunting Point Guards: Gilbert Arenas Range Extender, Clamps, and good playmaking badges make Arenas a top-tier point guard for draining trey-balls.
  • Best Budget PG: Amy Sleepy Floyd. Balanced PG with good animations and a lower price. You can also add some decent badges to him, too.
  • Best Super Cheap Point Guard: Ruby Doc Rivers if you need a playmaker or Ruby Patty Mills for a cheap 3-Hunter.
  • The Oversized PG: Diamond Magic Johnson. Top Tier sigs, but weak badges and expensive. But he’s 6’9″ and has crazy playmaking badges (but not Quick First Step).
  • For Token Grinders: PD Jojo White. A token reward, White has Gold Range Extender, great sigs, and does everything at a high level besides dunk.
  • For beating the Computer in Domination or Triple Threat: Diamond John Stockton. Can dunk, shoot, defend, and blow-by defenders with ease. Budget option: Ruby Doc Rivers. He helped me get through most of Dom without spending a ton of MT.
  • Best Rim Runner: PD John Wall. Insane dunking, HOF Quick First Step, and decent at everything else. Budget version: Sapphire Dennis Smith Jr. Basically a good dunker and that’s it.
  • Best Lockdown: Don’t waste your point guards’ energy on defending the opposing PG. Let you shooting guard do that, check out our list for that.

Shot Stick vs Shot Button: Which is Better for Shooting in NBA 2K21?

NBA 2K21 introduced a new method for shooting: shot aiming with the shot stick. This method allows you to pull down the right stick and move it to the desired area for a “green” release.

In this article, we break down the pros and cons of both methods and ultimately decide which method is better for putting the ball in the hoop in 2K21.

Shot Aiming with the Shot Stick

The Shot Stick is a method that allows you to pull down the right stick and aim the shot for a perfect release. The area is decided by how quickly you pull down the right stick.

If you pull down the stick quickly, the bar goes to the right. If you pull it down medium speed, the bar is in the middle. If you pull the stick down slow, the area is to the right. In addition, you can press L2 to time your shot and get an extra boost.

Pros:

  • More time to aim a shot than the shot button
  • Higher green percentage with correct aiming and timing.
  • Easily replicated with consistent stick pull-down speed.

Cons:

  • Little to no forgiveness on non-perfect releases.
  • Difficult to quickly shot off the dribble or catch
  • Long learning curve
  • Can be modded, hurting non-modder players

As a user of the stick, it’s honestly a lot of fun to play with. But, you must be super skilled with it to truly succeed, which of course takes a bit of practice.

How to master it: Find a consistent speed you can pull the stick down at and aim the stick directly at the green area. Also learn the L2 timing and spend a good amount time practicing in Freestyle/MyCourt.

Shot Button

The Shot Button allows you to time your shots by holding down the square or x button to release your shot. You have a specific green window to hit in your timing.

Pros:

  • Easy to shoot quickly off the catch or the dribble.
  • Less complicated process (only requires you to hold the button down)
  • Easily replicated green releases with practice.
  • More forgiving on non-perfect releases (full whites)

Cons:

  • Lower green percentage than Shot Aiming/L2 Timing Combo (still very high for higher rated shooters)
  • Susceptible to latency and lag issues

Shot Timing is still the preferred method for competitive players in every mode, and is the easiest method for both casual or new players and competitive players that have been using the button for years.

How to master it: Pick a specific jumpshot and spend some time in the MyCourt learning the timing. However, you will make a ton of non-perfect releases, so perfect timing isn’t required every time.

Shot Aiming vs Timing: Which is Better?

Shot timing is the best method for the large majority of players. It’s easier to learn, most players have been using the button for years, and it’s more rewarding for non-perfect releases.

The only time we’d recommend shot aiming is if you’re trying to be a bit different from the majority of players, because it is harder to learn, harder to use, and less forgiving for non-green releases.

Best Center Builds in NBA 2K21

With shooting being as wonky as it is in 2K21, Centers are playing an important role as a rebounder, inside finisher, and rim protector.

Therefore, having the right center build is paramount to playing the above roles as best as possible. Here are the best Center Builds in NBA 2K21:

5. 6’11” Stretch Five (Pure Shooting)

Height: 6’11”, Weight: 249 lbs, Wingspan: 85.0″

With shooting how it is this year, you’ll need a Pure Shooting buid to be a light-outs shooting big. This Stretch Five is the best of this kind, with an 84+ 3-pt rating and 24 shooting badges.

In addition, you get 12 Playmaking Badges to help on offense and 9 Defensive Badges to help protect the paint. It’s still a shooting-first build, but it can hold its own in other departments, as well.

Here’s a short video on how to make it:

4. 6’11” Glass Cleaning Lockdown (Pure Defensive)

Height: 6’11”, Weight: 246 lbs, Wingspan: 93.0″

This build is a defensive monster, with the ability to get 30 Defensive badges and all high defensive stats. It’s a good rec build, but its one-dimensional nature make it a bit weak for the Park.

Here’s a short video on how to make it:

3. 6’10” Glass Cleaner (Shooting and Defensive)

Height: 6’10”, Weight: 245 lbs, Wingspan: 92.0″

This two-way build is perfect for any game mode, with the ability to shoot decent (given this year’s shooting) and defend well.

And while the shooting won’t be lights out, it will be good enough to space the floor while playing high-level defense. Here’s a short video on how to make this build:

2. 6’9″ Glass-Cleaning Finisher (Finishing and Defensive)

Height: 6’9″, Weight: 238 lbs, Wingspan: 91.0″

This is the best center build for the park, with the ability to clamp up on defense, set screens, and roll and finish at a high level.

And while it can’t shoot, shooting is less expected from a center this year. Therefore, this build will continue to dominate for months to come. Here’s a short video on how to make it:

Best: 6’11” Glass Cleaning Lockdown (Finishing/Defending)

Height: 6’11”, Weight: 250 lbs, Winspan: 93.0″

This finishing and defensive build can dominate in any mode: Rec, Park, Pro-Am, you name it. It’s got the physicals, badges, and attributes to cook any other center.

While it can’t shoot, it excels in the pick&roll and on the defensive end. Here’s a short video on how to make the best center build in NBA 2K21:

The Best Practice Drills to get your Badges Quickly in NBA 2K21

Playing MyCareer games is still the best way to get your badges quickly, but there’s an easy way to supplement this progress: practice drills in between games.

And there are tons of drills to choose from, but we picked out the best ones from each category to help you get all of your badges quickly:

  • Finishing: Lob Finishes. This drill makes your player catch lobs dunks or layups from a guard, netting you 700 points when you complete this rather easy drill with three stars.
  • Shooting: Free Throw Ace. This drill makes your player successfully shoot at least five out of ten free throws to earn 750 points per three star completion.
  • Playmaking: Outlet Passing. This drill has your player throw downcourt passes to one of two players running on the break. You’ll get 750 points for an easy three star completion.
  • Defense: Charge. This drill has your player take a charge in the paint, netting you 700 points per three star completion. This means 3+ charges taken, an easy task.
  • Should you do Coaches’ Drills? We say yes. They’re boring at times (and even sometimes tough), but net you 2x MyPoints for every drill you complete.

Best Small Forward Builds in NBA 2K21

The Small Forward is typically considered a role player in NBA 2K21, with typically one, maybe two main jobs to help the team win.

However, equipped with a good build, Small Forwards can lead a team to victory in any game mode. Thus, here are the best builds to help you domainte the SF spot:

5. Slasher (Finishing Primary, Shooting Secondary)

Height: 6’7″, Weight: 187 lbs, Wingspan: 87.0″

This Finishing and Shooting Build is a monster, with the ability to finish at the rim (with Contact Dunks at 97 Overall), Shoot as a spot-up, and even handle the ball and play D at bit.

It’s not a build to be handling the ball and creating shots, but it is certainly a build that can dominate on offense in other ways. Here’s a short video on how to make it:

4. Sharpshooter (Pure Shooting)

Height: 6’8″, Weight: 191 lbs, Wingspan: 83.0″

With how difficult shooting is this year, having a pure shooter somewhere on the court is a nice luxury to have. And there’s no better spot than at Small Forward.

This build gets a 90+ 3-pointer, can hold its own on defense at 6’8″ with 9 defensive badges, and even dribble a bit. But, this build is mostly for shooting lights-out from beyond the arc.

Here’s a short video on how to make it:

3. 2-Way Finisher (Pure Defensive)

Height: 6’8″, Weight: 225 lbs, Wingspan: 90.0″

They say Defense wins championships, but defense also wins games in NBA 2K. This build can guard 1-5, get contact dunks, and overall be a menace on defense.

This build can’t shoot and only get a few playmaking badges, but its main role will be the featured defender, whether on-ball or in the passing lanes. Here’s how to build it:

2. Slasher (Defensive and Shooting)

Height: 6’8″, Weight: 224 lbs, Wingspan: 90.0″

Sometimes Defense is the best offense, and that is certainly true with this build. This Slasher is a beast on defense (can guard 1 through 5), get HOF finishing badges and contact dunks, and even run fast breaks.

This build can’t shoot, but its overpowered defensive and finishing ability allow it to still play a big role on both sides of the ball in any game mode. Here’s how to build it:

Best: Perimeter Lockdown (Shooting and Defensive)

Height: 6’7″, Weight: 230 lbs, Wingspan: 89.0″

Defense and Shooting are again the two most important skills in NBA 2K21. And this Perimeter Lockdown is good at both, with the ability to clamp up and hit spot-up 3s.

That said, it’s limited to spot-up opportunities on offense and some open backdoor cuts. However, this 3-and-D role is invaluable for any team, which is why this build is the best for the SF spot.

Here’s how to build this Perimeter Lockdown:

Best Shooting Guard Builds in NBA 2K21

The Shooting Guard in NBA 2K21 is not a featured position, as it usually has a specific secondary role that can lead a team to victory.

Whether that main role is shooting, defending, playmaking, or slashing, these are the builds that will help you dominate the 2-guard spot:

  1. Two-Way Sharpshooter (Equal Defense and Shooting): This build is a two-way beast that can lock down opposing PG’s and knock down tons of 3’s on the other end. Here’s how to build it.
  2. Two-Way Sharpshooter (Primary Defensive, Secondary Shooting): A better defender but more inconsistent shooter than the above build. Here’s the best way to make this build.
  3. 2-Way Slashing Playmaker (Playmaking and Defending): A secondary ball handler and lockdown defender that can do everything well but shoot. Here’s how to make it.
  4. 2-Way Finisher (Finishing and Defending): A defensive monster that can guard 1-5. Can shoot, but a top-notch defender and slasher. Here’s how to build it.
  5. Sharpshooter (Pure Shooting): A taller, knockdown shooter than can dribble and play defense a bit. The best off-ball shooting build. Here’s how to make it.

Of course, there are plenty of other decent builds, but these five are the best from what we have played with and against in the different game modes.

NBA 2K21 MyCareer and MyPlayer News

NBA 2K21 will be a game that continues the excellence of the MyCareer/MyPlayer mode. Here are all the news of the mode(s) that has been released:

  • There is no Quick Draw badge in NBA 2K21. You can choose your jumpshot speed in the Jumpshot Creator instead.
  • Picking badges and be able to switch them is back, but there is a slightly different selection of badges for this year.
  • Point Guards can now be as tall as 6’8″, an increase from the former 6’6″ cap.
  • There are 14 new Park Size-Ups and 36 New NBA Size-ups to equip on your player.
  • A College Storyline will be a part of the NBA 2K21 MyCareer experience.
  • There is a new shot meter that works with the Pro Stick. The no meter and accompanying boost returns.
  • You can choose from 40 new Jumpshot Landings for the Park.
  • The Pro Stick will also be used to target layups, shots, and even blocks on the defensive end.
  • Intimidator (the badge) is back for 2K21, but apparently reworked to lessen its dominant effects.
  • Park Rep is back for 2K21, and will be similar to the Rep system from 2K20.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available about 2K21. You can buy NBA 2K21 here.

NBA 2K21 Breaking News & Information

NBA 2K21 is only a few months away from release, meaning we’re going to learn more and more about the game in coming weeks.

This post will summarize all the news about NBA 2K21 as it becomes available.

There are Four Versions of the Game

  • 2K21 Standard Edition (PS4/Xbox 1): With Damian Lillard on the cover, this is the regular version of the game on PS4 and Xbox 1. Costs $59.99, releases September 4.
  • 2K21 Mamba Forever (PS4/Xbox 1): With Kobe Bryant on the cover, this version comes with a bunch of bonuses and even a free version of the NEXT edition on PS5/Xbox X. Costs $99.99.
  • 2K21 Next Edition (PS5/Xbox X): With Zion Williamson on the cover, this serves as the Standard Edition on the new consoles. Cost $69.99, releases in late November/December.
  • 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition (PS5/Xbox X): With Kobe Bryant on the cover, this version comes with a ton of bonuses and a free version of the Standard Edition of 2K21 on Xbox 1/PS4. Costs $99.99.

Progress May, or May Not, Carry Over from Console-to-Console

  • Shared VC Wallet: VC, whether bought or earned, will carry over from the old consoles to the new ones in NBA 2K21.
  • MyTeam Progress: MyTeam progress, including Tokens, MT, and Cards, will carry over to next gen consoles.
  • Progress from the Neighborhood/MyPlayer will not carry over from old consoles to new ones.

Park/MyPlayer News

  • Progress from the Park/MyPlayer will not carry over from old consoles to new ones.
  • The MyPlayer experience will be totally different from 2K21 on the current consoles and 2K21 on the newer consoles.
  • The Neighborhood on current Generation will be called “The Beach”.
  • The Park will be called something different in 2K21, though the exact name is unclear.
  • The Rep Grind will be back in 2K21 with similar tiers but different prizes at each tier.
  • More information about the Parrk and MyPlayer stuff won’t release until late-August, but this page will stay updated with any new information.

There is a New Shot Meter

  • The new meter is above the head with a moving icon and a “perfect” zone to denote a green release.
  • The no meter option and accompanying boost return as a high-risk/high-reward alternative to the meter.

A Demo for Current Generation 2K21 will release on August 24, 2020

This news has not been confirmed by 2K, but appeared on a forum post by Playstation. We fully expect this to be true.

MyTeam

  • MyTeam Progress: MyTeam progress, including Tokens, MT, and Cards, will carry over to next gen consoles.
  • Evolution cards are back in 2K21, with the symbol being a lightning bolt instead of a star.
  • Position locks are back, with dual position availability still available for cards.
  • The bulk of MyTeam news will be released in late August, but this page and our 2K21 MyTeam news page will stay updated with any new information.

Miscellaneous Information

  • 2K21 on PS5/Xbox X will load in about 2 seconds.
  • Screenshots of Players builds and ratings will start to be released in coming days.
  • Information about MyGM/MyLeague will be released near the end of July.
  • Gameplay videos will be released in early August.
  • Information about MyTeam, MyPlayer, and the Park will be released in late August

NBA 2K21 MyTeam News

With a bit under two months until NBA 2K21 comes out, some news has been leaked about the MyTeam game mode.

We summarize all this breaking news in this post:

Progress Carries over from Current Gen to Next Gen

Since 2K21 will be on PS4/Xbox 1 for about two/three months before on PS5/Xbox X, a ton of people will be playing MyTeam on the current generation consoles.

The good news is that all your MT, Tokens, Cards and Progress will be carried over to the next generation consoles, a rare yet big W for the MyTeam community.

A New Offline Mode… Seasons

Seasons is a new offline mode that allows you to play game, level up, and earn rewards for completing goals and winning games.

Each season is about 6 weeks and the first season gives a reward of a PD Stephen Curry. This seems like a cool idea for offline-only players.

Unlimited is back… with a Twist

Unlimited, the sweaty 5v5 mode, is reworked to feature a tier system that requires you to win a certain number of games to progress to the next tier. You also get some sort of prize for each tier.

This will keep players more engaged and make the process to get the grand prize a bit lengthier and tougher while adding some skill-based matchmaking.

MyTeam Limited

MyTeam Limited is a weekend league-type game mode that imposes new lineup restrictions each weekend to keep the mode fresh.

You get a prize each game you win, but the main goal is acquiring “Championship Rings” that will earn you some prizes at the end of an aforementioned season (5-6 weeks).

You can now Trade Cards in the Exchange

The Exchange is new feature that allows you to trade a certain set of cards for a better card (see the above pic for an example).

This won’t be done among online players, but it is a cool feature that allows you to make use of cards that are either duplicates or do not fit your needs.

Badge Cards are Back and Ready to Make your Favorite Players Overpowered

You can now customize players by adding badges to them through badge cards, which come in levels from Bronze to Hall of Fame.

This should help make some players that would have been outdated quickly to become usable for a much longer period of time.

Position Locks are Back

One of the more controversial ideas of the past two games is back for 2K21, with players capable of playing at most two positions.

Evo Cards Return… with More Customization

A cool feature added in NBA 2K20 will be in NBA 2K21. You can even get an Evo card on the first day of 2K21, as an Evo Kobe Bryant comes with the Mamba Forever version of the game. More on this:

New to NBA 2K21, you will now have more control over how some of your Evolution Cards evolve as they tier up. That is because we are introducing the concept of branching in the evolution process! When you have an evo card that reaches a choice tier, you will make a selection between two badges that you want to focus on adding to the given card.