NBA 2K21 Tips: How to Improve Your Shooting


Another key ingredient for success is knowing your player’s Badges, and picking the correct ones when levelling up your MyPlayer.

The shooting system in NBA 2K21 revolves more around shooting styles, with an emphasis on how individual players actually play the ball. Different styles present different boosts to a player's shot percentage based on how tricky their shooting method is. Read on below for some tips on how to master this almost arcane system.

Know how to shoot

The developers are really making you work for your buckets in this year's version of the game. Instead of the green meter that existed in previous titles, you now have to time your shots and release the Pro Stick or shoot button at different times, depending on where you are in the court. Learn the court, get to know how it feels to shoot from different places in the arena, and be aware you're never making the same shot twice.

Turn off shot meter

Not keen on the above? Heading into the options and turning off the new shot meter enables you to focus more on the jump of your player. This provides a more natural approach to shooting, and takes away the distraction of focusing on the new meter – which can at times be too small to see properly. If you decide to turn the meter off, make sure you let go of the Pro Stick (or shot button) just before you reach the peak of your jump for the best timing.

Learn Hot Zones

To balance the focus on the fiddlier and trickier shot meter, the developers over at 2K have decided to buff Hot Zones quite a lot. What does that mean for you? Well, from Hot Zones, your player is going to get a better boost. Practice with your favourite players and figure out where their Hot Zones are to make their shots a little more consistent. You can learn these in practice mode, too.

Badges are life

Another key ingredient for success is knowing your player’s Badges, and picking the correct ones when levelling up your MyPlayer. Heading to the courts in The Neighborhood is daunting at first, especially as building your stats is blocked by the VC (Virtual Currency) wall. By playing in MyCareer and in The Neighborhood, you acquire points in different areas such as Shooting and Playmaking.

Once you fill one of these gauges, you are free to pick a new badge to give your player a skill boost. Badges like Pro Touch give forgiveness if your shot timing is off, and the Giant Slayer Badge makes you unstoppable against taller defenders. Decide what kind of player you want, and grab the Badges you need to make you the best you can be.

Take Good Shots

This goes without saying – never settle for bad shots. The shot clock gives you 24 seconds, so utilize it to the fullest. When you take a bad shot – i.e. heavily contested, rushed, forced, etc – it’s basically a free gift to the defense and let’s your opponent off the hook. Always strive to get good looks of the basket where the defender isn’t close enough to heavily contest the shot.

Defend bravely

Basically take the tip we've given you above and flip it: if you know an opposing player has a very good offensive athlete in their possession, do everything you can to stay on them and deny them the space they need to make a shot. Hold O/B to stand your ground and make it more difficult for enemy players to get the layup or dunk off you.

Practice Practice Practice

We talkin’ about practice! Practice mode is a great mode to work on new shots, work out the kinks in your shot, finding the sweet spot of when to release the ball, etc. A good general rule is to take the shot at the peak of the jump. Also you may want to turn on shot feedback (game settings presentation) to get a general idea of what release timing constitutes a good shot, excellent shot, poor shot, etc.

That's all for the NBA 2K21 beginner's guide to shooting. This should get you started in the game and the rest is on how well you adapt to the gameplay. If you want to win, you don’t need to spend too much time in the game. In the promotion on Igvault, No matter which device you play NBA 2K21, we can provide usable 2K21 MT based on satisfying-full inventory, buy 2K21 MT, click https://www.igvault.com/NBA2K21-MT

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