Hook Specialist

Hook Specialist is the name-changed replacement for Deep Hooks from NBA 2K21 current generation to next gen. This badge gives a boost to post hooks from any distance.

To unlock Hook Specialist on Gold, you’ll need at least a 63 Close Shot. For Hall of Fame, you’ll need at least an 81 Close Shot.

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

Highlight Film

Highlight Film is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a Takeover boost to all your teammates’ takeover progress on fastbreak or stylish dunks performed by your player. It replaces Fastbreak Finisher from NBA 2K21 current generation.

To unlock Highlight Film for next-gen, you’ll need at least a 63 Driving Dunk for Gold and at least 81 driving dunk for Hall of Fame.

Recommendation: With Showtime not in next gen 2K21, this badge is the next best way to boost your teammates’ Takeover. However, the boost is not big enough for us to recommend it for your slashing build.

Heat Seeker

Heat Seeker is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a Takeover meter boost for shots taken around the painted area, including dunks and layups. It replaces Cross Key Scorer from current generation 2K21.

To unlock Heat Seeker on your player, you must have a 51 Driving Layup or Close Shot for the badge on gold and an 83 close shot or driving layup for the badge on HOF.

Recommendation: Heat Seeker is a must-have badge for any players that score in the paint at all, as it provides awesome Takeover boosts that help you dominate games even more.

Fearless Finisher

Fearless Finisher is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and strengthens a player’s ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups. Fearless Finisher replaces Relentless Finisher from current generation 2K21.

To get Fearless Finisher on Gold, you’ll need at least a 64 Driving Layup. For Hall of Fame, you’ll need at least an 82 driving layup.

Recommendation: Fearless Finisher is a top 5 finishing badge for slashers, but we wouldn’t recommend spending a ton of badge points on it if you don’t have a decent amount of badge points.

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.

Relay Passer

Relay Passer is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a shot boost to a the player receiving a pass after your pass (meaning a third player, not who you pass to). This badge replaces Flashy Passer from NBA 2K21 current generation.

Recommendation: Relay Passer is not a necessary badge for playmakers, but can possibly be a highly effective badge for teams with good ball movement.

Bullet Passer

Bullet Passer is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen 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 current generation.

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.

Stop & Pop

Stop & Pop is a new badge for NBA 2K21 next-genand boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling.

To unlock Stop & Pop for 2K21 next-gen:

  • Gold: 72 Three Pointer
  • Hall of Fame: 92 Three Pointer

Recommendation: This badge is good for isolation players or primary ball handlers, as it will give you a nice boost after breaking your defender down off the dribble.

Sniper

Sniper is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and boosts jumpshots taken with the the shooting stick when aimed correctly. Sniper replaces Flexible Release from current generation 2K21.

To unlock Sniper for your MyPlayer on next-gen:

  • Gold: 69 Mid Range, or 71 Three Pointer
  • Hall of Fame: 90 Mid Range, or 91 Three Pointer

Recommendation: This badge is a must-have for stick shooters but worthless for those who shoot with the button.

Set Shooter

Set Shooter is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives a shot boost after standing still before taking a jump shot. Set Shooter replaces Pump Fake Maestro from current generation NBA 2K21.

To unlock Set Shooter on next-gen:

  • Gold: 60 Mid Range, or 63 Three Pointer
  • Hall of Fame: 77 Mid Range, or 80 Three Pointer

Recommendation: We don’t recommend set shooter for most shooters, although it can be helpful for spot-ups or sharpshooters who will get many attempts at stand still shots.