How to Become a Better Slasher in NBA 2K22

Becoming a top-tier slasher is a unique skill in NBA 2K22 when the majority of player simply run at the rim and hold the square button. In this article we will teach you to become a top-tier slasher who can finish almost everything at the rim.

Max out your slashing stats: Driving layup and driving dunk are a must, with standing dunk being important for big men. Try to match your attributes with the Contact Dunk requirements, but you don’t necessarily need high ratings to be a good finisher.

Equip the right finishing badges: Here are the best finishing badges in NBA 2K22. Fearless Finisher, Posterizer, and Slithery Finisher are musts, and Giant Slayer/Mouse in the House are musts for their respective players.

Learn the timing for your dunks: The new dunk meter makes it a bit tough to dunk, but learning the timing on them from practice in the Gatorade gym allows you to get crazy contact dunks and other great animations.

Utilize Slithery Finisher: This necessary finishing badge can be activated on contested layups by simply aiming your stick diagonal-up towards the baseline and swinging it to the center area. This mechanism works 3/4 of the time and helps you get some crazy animations and finishes.

Be patient: Simple rim-running gets you contact dunks every once-in-a-while, but patient slashing is better. This method involves pump fakes, taking layups instead of forcing dunks, and passing when you don’t have a good shot.

If you follow these tips when playing any game mode, your percentage at the rim will greatly increase. I was able to use this tips to finish ridiculous layups and dunks at the hoop with only 1 finishing badge, so you can imagine how it will be when your player has many more.

How to Play Better Defense in NBA 2K22

Playing good defense is a very important part of being a good NBA 2K player, but the learning curve can be pretty steep for a new player. Here are the best tips we’ve found for playing better defense in this year’s game:

Beef up your defensive stats: If you’re a guard or wing, max out the perimeter defense, lateral quickness, and steal. If you’re a big, max out rebounding, interior defense, and block.

Pick the right badges: Here’s out list of best defensive badges for guards and big men. Picking the right badges is instrumental for playing better defense, as they are meant to help your manual defensive inputs.

Learn the passing lanes: The passing lanes are simply where your opponent passes the ball. When playing off-ball defense, you want to close off the areas where your opponent may pass the ball so you can get easy steals. This is only learned by playing the game.

On-ball defense: The key to on-ball defense is predicting your opponents’ moves. You won’t always guess correctly, but over time you’ll get better, start getting bumpy on the ball handler, and get the stops you need on the defensive end.

Rebounding for Big Men: You’ll need the Rebound Chaser and Box badge, and the most important tips to rebounding are to box out your opponent, guess where the ball will land, and correctly time your jump for the board.

Although defense is a highly instinctual part of the game, these basic tips can help you become the best defender you can be.

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The City Rep Rewards

Pro:

  • Pro 1: Ability to join an affiliation.
  • Pro 2: Custom Jerseys at the NBA Store, Hair Colors in the Appearance menu, and Show-off animations.
  • Pro 3: Access to new Dry Brush Arm Sleeves at SWAGS and free MyTeam packs.
  • Pro 4: Access to new Skateboard decks at Decks and Wacky Clothing at Alter Ego.
  • Pro 5: Access to Personalized Historic Jerseys at the NBA store.

All Star:

  • All Star 1: Choose your spawn point, access the Low Rider at Wheels, and new Green Release Animations.
  • All Star 2: Access to new Tie-Dye collection at Swags
  • All Star 3: Access to the Trike at Wheels, New Show-Off Animations, and free MyTeam Packs
  • All Star 4: Access to new Wacky Glasses at Alter Ego.
  • All Star 5: Access to new Flame Pattern Arm sleeves at Swags.

Superstar

  • Superstar 1: Access to new Lightning Pattern Arm Sleeves at Swags and New Show-off Animations.
  • Superstar 2: Ability to remove your shirt and get your Neck, Back, and Chest Tattooed.
  • Superstar 3: Ability to wear suits in the City, Gym Rat Badge, and free MyTeam Packs.
  • Superstar 4: Access to the Glider at Decks.
  • Superstar 5: New Show-off Animations.

Elite

  • Elite 1: Elite level Daily Rewards.
  • Elite 2: Access to the Hoverboard at Decks
  • Elite 3: Access to Elite 3 Suit and Sequin Patterns at Drip Brothers, and new Show-Off Animations.
  • Elite 4: Double VC for all Online Games Played.
  • Elite 5: Access to Mascots at Alter Ego.

Legend

  • Legend: Free copy of NBA 2K22 (limited supply), Extra Badge Points, and Travel in Style.

How to Make XP Quickly in NBA 2K22 MyTeam

Rising up the XP Ladder in NBA 2K22 MyTeam is a long and difficult grind, but can easily be optimized with the right strategized. Here are the best strategies we’ve learned to earn XP in the most time-efficient manner.

  • Knock out multiple challenges in one game. You can do the challenges for multiple players in one game, which cuts down the amount of games and time you have to play.
  • Write down challenges on a piece of paper. Write down the challenges and cross them out throughout the game. This is the best way to keep track of what you need to do and streamlines the process.
  • Play Rookie Domination (or other easy game modes). Rookie Dom is super easy for knocking out challenges, and there’s typically a Spotlight challenge that makes certain XP challenges easier to complete.
  • Focus on manageable challenges: Skipping frustrating challenges (like steals) and focusing on doable challenges will both save you headaches and time while still allowing you to reach your goal level.
  • Do more challenges towards the end of the season. The challenges towards the end of the season give you higher XP per minute. Complete the easier challenges at the beginning of the season and knock a bunch of better ones out towards the end.
  • Make doing XP Challenges fun. Find a method that makes the grind fun and enjoyable. There’s no point in playing the game if you’re not having fun, so try to make the process as enjoyable as possible and

MyTeam Season 7 Levels & Rewards

  • Level 1 (0 XP): Free Agent Kobe Bryant
  • Level 2 (350 XP): Glass Cleaner Badge Pack
  • Level 3 (430 XP): 1 Token
  • Level 4 (520 XP): Free Agent Player Award Pack
  • Level 5 (620 XP): Ascension Board 1
  • Level 6 (740 XP): Base League Award Pack
  • Level 7 (890 XP): Gold Darvin Ham
  • Level 8 (1075 XP): 3 Tokens
  • Level 9 (1300 XP): Lockdown Defender Badge Pack
  • Level 10 (1550 XP): Season One Ball
  • Level 11 (1850 XP): Ascension Board 2
  • Level 12 (2230 XP): Post Scorer Badge Pack
  • Level 13 (2680 XP): Emerald Larry Nance Jr
  • Level 14 (3200 XP): Gold Shoe Pack
  • Level 15 (3850 XP): Rim Protector Badge Pack
  • Level 16 (4620 XP): 5 Tokens
  • Level 17 (5540 XP): Standard League Award Pack
  • Level 18 (6500 XP): Shot Creator Badge Pack
  • Level 19 (7860 XP): Ascension Board 3
  • Level 20 (9190 XP): Sapphire Damon Jones
  • Level 21 (10560 XP): Slasher Badge Pack
  • Level 22 (12150 XP): Ascension Board 4
  • Level 23 (13970 XP): Standard League Award Pack
  • Level 24 (16060 XP): Ruby Brian Winters
  • Level 25 (18470 XP): 10 Tokens
  • Level 26 (21250 XP): Ascension Board 5
  • Level 27 (24430 XP): Sharpshooter Badge Pack
  • Level 28 (28100 XP): Amethyst Vin Baker
  • Level 29 (32300 XP): Standard League Award Pack
  • Level 30 (36740 XP): Ascension Board 6
  • Level 31 (41600 XP): Deluxe League Award Pack
  • Level 32 (47140 XP): Diamond Shoe Pack
  • Level 33 (55640 XP): Diamond Kelly Tripucka
  • Level 34 (65000 XP): 30 Tokens
  • Level 35 (75000 XP): Diamond Consumables Pack
  • Level 36 (86000 XP): Ascension Board 7
  • Level 37 (99000 XP): Diamond Contract Pack
  • Level 38 (114000 XP): Diamond Shoe Boost Pack
  • Level 39 (131000 XP): Hall of Fame Badge Option Pack
  • Level 40 (150000 XP): Pink Diamond Carmelo Anthony

How long is the grind? For Level 40, you’re talking about four hours-plus per day of focus on completing agendas, mostly in boring game modes. That’s up to 200+ hours of playing the game for one card.

Is the grind worth it? It’s not worth spending half your life on. We have reached level 40 and enjoyed both the rewards and the grind, but stressing yourself over it is simply not worth it.

Where should I aim for? If you have a lot of time to grind the game, level 40 should be your aim. More casual players should aim for the last Ascension board (lvl 36) at most. Super casual players should just play the game to have fun and forget the XP grind.

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.