How to be a Good Shooter in NBA 2K21?

Want to be a good shooter in the NBA 2K21 season? So you need to know about shooting in MyCareer, including the best tips, setups, badges to equip, etc. In this guide, we’ll show you the tips to be a good shooter in NBA 2K21 so you can have more makes than misses. Also, you can be clicking on the link in this article to buy cheap NBA 2k21 mt or check out other NBA 2K21 guides.


1. Choose the Right MyPLAYER Build

When playing NBA 2K21, choosing a shooting method that fits your style is one of the first crucial steps all players should consider and will be a big factor in the success rate of getting buckets. Here’s how to narrow it down:

• Use our custom, redesigned NBA 2K21 MyPLAYER Builder to find the right shooting build to create.
• Choose a build that has shooting as a primary skill.
• Choose a build with a substantial amount of Shooting badges.
• Builds should match your playstyle as a shooter.

2. Pick a pie chart with enough green

As a general rule of thumb, when making solid builds in MyCareer, choosing a skill pie chart with enough green (shooting ability) is crucial.

On top of that, other important physical attributes great shooters need include speed and acceleration, as these will help them evade defenders and get to open shots much easier.

So, when choosing a physical profile pie chart, it is recommended that you choose one with sufficient agility (purple).

3. Choose the Right Shooting Badges & Maximize Badge Stacking

best shooting badges

Badges are one of the most important features of MyCareer and can separate average shooters from great ones. In short, without any badges, your player will not be able to hit their shots at a high rate – despite having a high shot rating. The shooting badges below are pretty common and can benefit any build.

1). Beneficial Badges (Overall)

• Hot Zone Hunter
• Flexible Release
• Catch & Shoot
• Deadeye
• Corner Specialist
• Green Machine
• Range Extender
• Difficult Shots

2). For Non-Shooting Builds, prioritize

• Corner Specialist
• Catch & Shoot

3). For dual-threat ball handler/shooting Builds, prioritize

• Hot Zone Hunter
• Green Machine
• Flexible Release
• Difficult Shots
• Tireless Shooter

4). Utilize Badge Stacking

Corner Specialist + Catch & Shoot + having a teammate (online or offline) with Dimer Badge is an example of how to stack badges to maximize shot success.

4. Earn & Know Your Hot Spots / Hot Zones

hot zones

To become a consistent shooter in NBA 2K21 another important feature all players must obtain are Hot Zones. These are areas on the court where your player is strong at shooting the ball.

1). How to check your Hot Spots?

In MyCareer: Go to MyCAREER > Main Menu > Stats > Roster > Right Click on Your MyPLAYER > Scroll to Shot Chart using LT/L2 and RT/R2. > Change game mode by pressing X / Square.

In MyCOURT: Go to MyCAREER > Go to MyCOURT > Press A/X ‘Play Games with Friends’ > Choose ‘Shootaround’ > Press View/Touchpad button.

2). How to get a Hot Spot?

• 60% in Paint area
• 55% in Close Shot area
• 50% in the Mid-Range area
• 40% in the 3PT area
• In your last 50 games (MyCAREER, Park, Rec, Pro-AM) with at least 10 shot attempts in each of those areas.

Tip: Equip the Hot Zone Hunter Badge to substantially increase make percentages.

3). How to get rid of a Cold Spot?

• Keep shooting in the various court areas and get the percentages up to reach the Hot Spot criteria mentioned before.
• Wait for 50 games and not shoot at all.

5. Find & Equip the Best Jump Shot for your MyPLAYER

Another important aspect of shooting in NBA 2K21 is choosing the right jump shot for your MyPlayer. Truthfully speaking, it’s hard to say which jump shot is the “absolute best” to use, as this can be a bit subjective. So, it’s best to do your own due diligence and spend some time in the gym to test out which jump shot or release you are most comfortable using.

Often, more advanced 2K players find generic jumpers a bit limiting. As a result, the Jump Shot Creator is another great tool that can open a new world of mechanics for those obsessed with the minute details.

This feature can be found by opening the “MyPlayer Appearance” tab in the MyCareer menu.

With the jump shot creator, you can customize every aspect of your shot from the base, upper release, and blending down to the release speed. You virtually have full autonomy of your player’s jump shot mechanics, and it is usually something many advanced players take advantage of to bring their game to the next level.

6. Master Shot Stick Aiming, Shot Meter, Shooting Button

shot stick aiming

1). Shot Stick Aiming Settings

Shot Stick Aiming is the most advanced shooting mechanic in the game. It can be further broken down into three different settings. The first is the most difficult, but if executed properly, will give your player the highest shooting boost.

• Shot Stick (R3/Right Stick) + left trigger for timing
• Shot Stick + no left trigger timing (removed)
• Shot Stick with aim meter turned off

2). How to use the Shot Stick?

• Move and hold (R3/Right Stick) down.
• After pulling down, flick the stick left or right towards the high-percentage area to make a shot. The closer it is to the middle of the bar, the higher chance the shooters will be able to green (obtain excellent release).

3). How to use Shot Button?

Press and hold (Square or X), and release as close to the high-percentage area to increase the chance of making a shot.

4). How to use NBA 2K21 shooting with a new shot meter?

In the previous editions of NBA 2K, the shot meter was a vertical curve with the objective being to time your shot just right for release.

5). How to use NBA 2K21 shot meter with a controller button?

Press Square on the PS4 controller or press the X button on Xbox One controller. This begins the shooting motion. You’ll see the shot meter appear above your player.

Release the Square/X button as the moving “tick” line on the meter is close to or right on the thin dark line in the shaded/color area of the shot meter. See the image below via NBA 2K Tutees for a closer look at the meter.

7. Practice Practice Practice

Take advantage of MyCOURT, 2KU, or Pro-Am Arena shootaround to work on new jump shots, work out the kinks in your shot, finding the sweet spot of when to release the ball, etc.

8. Get Your Shot IQ Up / Take Good Shots

Here are some tips to improve your Shot IQ:

1). Don’t settle for bad shots. Having patience, while also recognizing opportunity, is key. 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 gift to the defense and lets 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.

2). Make sure Shot Feedback is on (under Controller Settings).

9. Movement, Positioning, Spacing

Spacing the floor, movement and positioning, timing, and chemistry all factor into getting good looks to maximize shot success.

10. Know all the Shooting Controls

Getting familiar with every shot type is a great way to become a skilled shooter.

That’s everything you need to know about how to be a good shooter in NBA 2K21. Hope it helped you step up your game. Also, visit here for more guides and the latest news about the NBA 2K21.

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