Badge Conversions from Current Gen to Next Gen

If you look at our post on all the Shooting badges in both versions of NBA 2K21, you’ll notice there are several new badges in the Next Gen game.

And if you play MyTeam, there are specific conversions from the current gen game to the next gen game. Listed below are these conversions.

  • Showtime = Posterizer
  • Pick and Roller = Rise Up
  • Cross Key Scorer = Heat Seeker
  • Deep Hooks = Hooks Specialist
  • Relentless Finisher = Fearless Finisher
  • Fastbreak Finisher = Highlight Film
  • Flexible Release = Sniper
  • Pump Fake Maestro = Set Shooter
  • Deep Fades = Fade Ace
  • Steady Shooter = Blinders
  • Range Extender = Deep Threes
  • Hot Start = Hot Shot
  • Flashy Passer = Relay Passer
  • Lob City Passer = Special Delivery
  • Lightning Reflexes = Ankle Braces

Removed Badges:

  • Consistent Finisher
  • Contact Finisher
  • Fancy Footwork
  • Pick and Popper
  • Moving Truck

How to Win Every Game of Domination in NBA 2K21

Domination can be a pain to play sometimes in NBA 2K21 MyTeam, as there can be little consistency to both your play and that of the computer fairly frequently.

But after completing Domination in 2K21 MyTeam, we have compiled the best and easiest tips to get the necessary wins for each level:

  • The most important thing: Have a Point Guard with at least Gold Quick First Step. We like Diamond John Stockton (for his dunking as well), but a budget option is Doc Rivers.
  • The Method: Rim-Running with your PG off of a 5-out. Switch your freelance to Hawks 2018, call for a “Pass and Screen Away,” and run to the basket for an easy bucket the majority of the time.
  • If that doesn’t work?: If the opposing PG has Clamps, calling for a screen will freeze the defender(s) and allow you to get to the hoop easily. Call the screen around half-court for best results.
  • The Rest of your Team: A 3-and D wing, a Slashing Wing (for Fastbreaks), a decent Defensive PF, and a taller Center with Intimidator is the best lineup for playing Domination with the aforementioned PG archetype.
  • The defensive strategy: Have a good center with Intimidator, set your Settings to Smother On-Ball and Tight Off-Ball, and try to stop the opposing team getting in the paint (most teams spam rin-runs)
  • How to Get the Necessary MT: You’ll need at least 10 free throws and 5 3-pointers to get the 775 or 900 MT for Historic and All-Time. Rim-running and Driving-and-kicking should get you both naturally throughout the game.
  • Other Tips: Using money plays (there aren’t any good ones at the moment), switching defensive matchups to stop the opposing teams’ key players, and taking advantage of all fastbreaks are a few more extremely helpful tips for completing Domination.

NBA 2K23 Badges

Below are all of the resources available on the badges in NBA 2K23, broken into the four categories: Finishing, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defense.

Finishing Badges

  • The Complete Guide to the NBA 2K23 Finishing Badges: The complete list of finishing badges in NBA 2K23 with descriptions and recommendations for each badge.
  • The Best Finishing Badges: A ranking of the best finishing badges to equip on your player to slash better in the paint.
  • The Best Tier 1 Finishing Badges (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best finishing badges in Tier 1.
  • The Best Tier 2 Finishing Badges (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best finishing badges in Tier 2.
  • The Best Tier 3 Finishing Badges (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best finishing badges in Tier 3.

Shooting Badges

  • The Complete Guide to Shooting Badges in NBA 2K23: The complete guide to the shooting badges in NBA 2K23, with descriptions and recommendations for each badge.
  • The Best Shooting Badges: A ranking of the best shooting badges to equip on your player to shoot better in every game mode.
  • The Top Shooting Badges in Tier 3 (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best shooting badges in Tier 1 to equip on your player.
  • The Top Shooting Badges in Tier 2 (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best shooting badges in Tier 2.
  • The Top Shooting Badges in Tier 3 (Coming Soon): A ranking of the best shooting badges in Tier 3.

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker
  • Bail Out
  • Break Starter
  • Bullet Passer
  • Dimer
  • Downhil
  • Floor General
  • Glue Hands
  • Handles for Days
  • Hyperdrive
  • Needle Threader
  • Post Playmaker
  • Quick Chain
  • Quick First Step
  • Space Creator
  • Special Delivery
  • Stop & Go
  • Tight Handles
  • Triple Threat Juke
  • Unpluckable

Check out the Full guide to Playmaking badges here.

Defensive Badges

  • Ankle Braces
  • Ball Stripper
  • Box
  • Brick Wall
  • Chase Down Artist
  • Clamps
  • Defensive Leader
  • Heart Crusher
  • Hustler
  • Interceptor
  • Intimidator
  • Menace
  • Off-Ball Pest
  • Pick Dodger
  • Pick Pocket
  • Pogo Stick
  • Post Lockdown
  • Rebound Chaser
  • Rim Protector
  • Tireless Defender
  • Worm

Best Shooting Guards in NBA 2K23 MyTeam

Shooting Guards are often disrespected in MyTeam, given less focus despite their massive impact on each game. Here is our list of the best shooting guards in NBA 2K23:

  1. Galaxy Opal Michael Jordan: Of course he’s expensive, but MJ is going to be the best shooting guard in the game. He’s a decent shooter, but his real skills are shutting down point guards and dunking on them.
  2. Galaxy Opal JR Smith: A top tier shooter and slasher, JR is going to be one of the those cards that sneakily cooks you. He might even be cheaper than some of the other cards on this list, too.
  3. Pink Diamond Kobe Bryant: Kobe’s another great defender and slasher, but he’ll carry a slightly lower price tag than Jordan. Still an amazing card.
  4. Pink Diamond Dwayne Wade: He’s a bit shorter, but Wade’s calling card is his great jumpshot and defense. He’ll be much cheaper than the above options while still being a top card in the game.
  5. Pink Diamond Andre Igoudala: He’s really only a spot-up shooter on offense, but 94+ in every defensive spot is going to be enough to get Igoudala on the court. He’ll lock up most opposing point guards.

Best Point Guards in NBA 2K23 MyTeam

MyTeam has certainly been interesting this year, with a focus on shorter Point Guards and a slow power creep. Given this, here are the best point guards in NBA 2K23 MyTeam:

  1. Pink Diamond Magic Johnson: Height is once again a huge factor in NBA 2K23, and Magic towers above other PG’s. Plus, he has great playmaking badges and is an underrated finisher.
  2. Pink Diamond Penny Hardaway: Another tall point guard that can pash and finish in the paint. And just like Magic, he has a wacky jumpshot that takes time to master.
  3. Galaxy Opal Stephen Curry: Even though finishing is the name of the game, shooting can be deadly in the right hands. With ample badges and a great jumper, Curry can be unstoppable.
  4. Galaxy Opal Don Ohl: Ohl is going to be a monster at everything but finishing. He’s got great animations, HOF Limitless and Clamps, and a slew of other top tier badges.
  5. Dark Matter Ja Morant: He’s not super tall, but he fits the meta of rim-running perfectly. He’s also going to be a great passer, shooter, and even a good defender, but his size is still a big downside.

Best Center Builds in NBA 2K23

Creating Centers in NBA 2K23 is tougher due to the new build system that completely changed how attributes affect badges. Nonetheless, we have created a few builds that will help you maximize your contributions out of the 5 spot.

The All-Around Center

Here is a short, no-nonsense video on the best all-around center build in NBA 2K23:

This build is perfect for almost any game mode. It’s defense is much improved compared to our first iteration of the best center build, it actually will have some pass accuracy, and the shooting and finishing remain excellent as well.


Coming soon. Thank you for your patience.

The Best Practice Drills to get your Badges Quickly in NBA 2K23

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.

There are a ton of drills to choose from in NBA 2K23, and we’ve tried all of them. The following are the easiest and most effective to help you grind badges quickly, broken down into their respective categories:

Finishing: Fatigued Finishing

The Finishing drills are pretty bad, but Fatigued Finishing is a Hard-level drill that is fairly easy to complete. The biggest key here is to start your layup or dunk early, and to not waste stamina running back to the balls on the perimeter.

Shooting: Rip to Flare Shooting

This drill requires you to shoot catch-and-shoot midrange and three point shots, and it’s easy if you have decent shooting ratings. It’s a hard-level drill as well, so you’ll get a ton of points for a relatively simple drill.

Playmaking: Dribble Speed Run

A playmaking drill that is relatively easy for guards with good speed with ball and ball handle. Although big men and some swing builds may struggle with it, it still is effective with the group that mainly needs to grind a ton of playmaking badges.

Defense: Charge

This medium-level drill has your player take a charge in the paint, netting you 1000 defensive points if you get three stars. All you need to do is move one step, hold O/X, and take the charge. Easy and super quick.

Should you do Coaches’ Drills?

It depends. The Coaches’ Drills are terrible this year, ranging from a Partner’s 3pt drill that is easy but too short, to constant 4-on-3 fastbreak drills that are just terrible. Don’t go out of your way to do them, but you might as well do them if you are in the Practice Gym already.

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.

Best Dribble Moves

Getting open off the dribble is one of the most valuable skills in NBA 2K23. And while stick skills are still super important to master dribbling, having the right animations is the first thing you need to master.

In this post we break down the best dribble moves in NBA 2K23, with a main focus on primary ball handlers and a slight focus on players with lower ball handling:

Note: Different Dribble Moves are locked behind certain ball handle or speed with ball ratings in 2K23. We will list the required ratings for each dribble move we recommend.

  • Dribble Style: Michael Jordan (75+ Speed with Ball). The best dribble style that creates great animations.
  • Signature Size-Up: DeAaron Fox (80+ Ball Handle). A quick move that is a great way to start your dribble chain from a standstill.
  • Size-Up Escape: Kevin Durant (75+ Ball Handle). Gives you great space on either side when you use it
  • Moving Crossover: James Harden (80+ Ball Handle). A quick move that can help create some space when you’re moving towards the basket.
  • Moving Behind the Back: Zach Lavine (75+ Ball Handle). A quick move that can get you some lateral space when moving downhill.
  • Moving Spin: Basic. The best for many years at this point, although many people do not use this move often.
  • Moving Hesitation: Normal. Another move infrequently used.
  • Moving Stepback: Luka Doncic (80+ Ball Handle). The double step to the side animations is a killer move in isolation that can get you space and help you get past defenders with ease.
  • Triple Threat Style: Normal. There’s no need to fuss about this too much, as the Triple Threat still isn’t a great move to use to get open.
  • Passing Style: Lebron James (75+ Pass Accuracy). The perfect balance between flash and effectiveness.

How to Make VC Quickly in NBA 2K23

Virtual Currency is the supreme currency in NBA 2K23 that allows you to upgrade your player, buy gear, or open packs in the MyTeam mode. This year, it’s even more valuable.

However, it can sometimes seem impossible to make, but, in this post we point out the best ways to make a ton of VC quickly.

Free Daily VC: The Daily Spin/Prize, Daily Bonus, and daily tasks can net you a decent amount of VC just from doing easy and quick tasks. It’s not a lot, but can add up over time.

Offline Grinding: MyCareer may be boring, but you earn a good deal of VC for each game (from 1K+ in some cases). This can also be done in about 15 minutes per game by subbing out at halftime if you’re up 25 points. Also, the higher the difficulty, the more VC (and badge points) you earn.

Quests: Quests can be quite tiresome and stupid at times, but most of them provides a few thousand VC for completing tasks the game already forces you to do. Plus, you get nice bonuses over time through the bigger quests.

MyCareer Endorsements: If you’re already grinding in MyCareer, eventually you’ll unlock some endoresements. Some of them will actually give you stuff like shoes or other gear, but all of them provide you with a few thousand VC. Again, not a ton, but can help you stack some coin.

Limit Spending: It’s easy to drain your VC wallet on clothes, shoes, and other stuff, but saving it for whatever you really want (a new player, for example), is always the smarter move.

Play Ante-Up: The Stage is home to the sweatiest of 2K players, but provides the most VC for winning games. We only recommend this method if you are very good at 2K.

Play 3v3 ProAm: 3v3 ProAm is a bit less competitive than Stage, but gives a decent amount of VC per game. You can earn up to 800+ VC per game that takes the same amount of time as a typical Park game.

Buy VC: We absolutely do not recommend this method, but if you are impatient and have the money, there is no doubt that buying VC is the easiest way to pad your VC wallet.