Best NBA 2K21 builds for every position

Find out how to make the best player at each position in NBA 2K21.

Crafting the perfect player to take over the league is part of the fun in every NBA 2K game. Creating something in your likeness, or not, is a very enjoyable experience.

Depending on which position you want to play, your stats and badges will be different. Badges are things you can unlock to give you a boost like making hitting a shot easier.

These builds are all designed to bring the best out of each position and make sure that you can dominate on the court.

Point Guard

Point Guards are all about facilitating; making the right pass to set up a play or hitting the clutch shot when they need to.

For Skill Breakdown, we recommend selecting the one that favors Shooting, as this will allow you to hit the shots you need to while also being able to make the play happen.

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 83
  • Driving Layup: 90
  • Driving Dunk: 82
  • Post Hook: 56

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 75
  • Three-Point Shot: 67
  • Free Throw: 82
  • Post Fade: 72

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 86
  • Ball Handle: 90

Defense/Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense: 76
  • Lateral Quickness: 74
  • Steal: 76
  • Defensive Rebound: 65

Physicals

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 169 lbs
  • Wingspan: 83.0″

Takeover

Slasher or Shot Creator

Badges

Finishing Badges

  • Contact Finisher: Hall of Fame
  • Fancy Footwork: Hall of Fame
  • Giant Slayer: Hall of Fame
  • Relentless Finisher: Hall of Fame

Shooting Badges

  • Deadeye: Gold
  • Difficult Shots: Gold
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Gold
  • Range Extender: Gold

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker: Bronze
  • Dimer: Hall of Fame
  • Downhill: Bronze
  • Floor General: Hall of Fame
  • Handles for Days: Hall of Fame
  • Quick First Step: Hall of Fame
  • Space Creator: Hall of Fame

Defense / Rebounding Badges

  • Clamps: Gold
  • Intimidator: Silver

Shooting Guard

A good Shooting Guard plays a lot on the perimeter and can hit shots, with this build is all about.

As with the Point Guard, the Skill Breakdown we recommend is the pie chart that favors shooting.

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 69
  • Driving Layup: 80
  • Driving Dunk: 65

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 90
  • Three-Point Shot: 87
  • Free Throw: 89
  • Post Fade: 82

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 88
  • Ball Handle: 84
  • Post Moves: 52

Defense / Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: 44
  • Perimeter Defense: 75
  • Lateral Quickness: 75
  • Steal: 79
  • Defensive Rebound: 67

Physicals

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Wingspan: 80.6″

Takeover

  • Spot Up Shooter or Playmaker

Badges

Finishing Badges

  • Relentless Finisher: Bronze

Shooting Badges

  • Corner Specialist: Hall of Fame
  • Deadeye: Hall of Fame
  • Difficult Shots: Bronze
  • Green Machine: Bronze
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Hall of Fame
  • Range Extender: Hall of Fame
  • Tireless Shooter: Hall of Fame
  • Volume Shooter: Hall of Fame

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker: Hall of Fame
  • Dimer: Hall of Fame
  • Floor General: Bronze
  • Handles for Days: Hall of Fame
  • Quick First Step: Hall of Fame
  • Space Creator: Bronze
  • Tight Handles: Hall of Fame

Defense/Rebounding Badges

  • Clamps: Gold
  • Intimidator: Gold
  • Pick Pocket: Bronze

Small Forward

A Small Forward should be able to make hit shots from mid-range, and even long-range, while also providing good defense for bigger players.

For the Skill Breakdown, we recommend going for the most Playmaking, with an even spread of Shooting, Finishing, and Defense/Rebounding.

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 89
  • Driving Layup: 84
  • Driving Dunk: 83

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 72
  • Three-Point Shot: 64
  • Free Throw: 82
  • Post Fade: 74

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 83
  • Ball Handle: 79
  • Post Moves: 82

Defense/Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense: 73
  • Lateral Quickness: 72
  • Steal: 70
  • Defensive Rebound: 69

Physicals

  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • Wingspan: 87.0″

Takeover

  • Slasher or Playmaker

Badges

Finishing Badges

  • Contact Finisher: Hall of Fame
  • Fancy Footwork: Hall of Fame
  • Giant Slayer: Gold
  • Slithery Finisher: Hall of Fame

Shooting Badges

  • Catch & Shoot: Bronze
  • Corner Specialist: Bronze
  • Deadeye: Bronze
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Gold
  • Range Extender: Gold
  • Volume Shooter: Gold

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker: Hall of Fame
  • Dimer: Hall of Fame
  • Handles for Days: Hall of Fame
  • Lob City Passer: Hall of Fame
  • Needle Threader: Hall of Fame
  • Quick First Step: Hall of Fame
  • Space Creator: Hall of Fame
  • Stop & Go: Bronze
  • Tight Handles: Bronze

Defensive / Rebounding Badges

  • Intimidator: Silver
  • Rebound Chaser: Silver

Power Forward

A Power Forward can take into the paint, backing down their opponent and get an easy bucket or even hit a mad-range shot.

Choose the Skill Breakdown pie chart that prioritizes Defense/Rebounding, as this will help you control the paint and dominate inside. There is an even spread across everything else as well.

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 83
  • Driving Layup: 68
  • Driving Dunk: 83
  • Standing Dunk: 83

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 45

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 67
  • Ball Handle: 59
  • Post Moves: 56

Defense / Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: 85
  • Perimeter Defense: 76
  • Lateral Quickness: 76
  • Steal: 58
  • Block: 93
  • Offensive Rebound: 93
  • Defensive Rebound: 93

Physicals

  • Height: 6’9″
  • Weight: 243 lbs
  • Wingspan: 91.0″

Takeover

  • Rim Protector or Glass Cleaner

Badges

Finishing Badges

  • Backdown Punisher: Silver
  • Contact Finisher: Gold
  • Lob City Finisher: Gold
  • Putback Boss: Gold
  • Relentless Finisher: Silver
  • Slithery Finisher: Gold

Shooting Badges

  • Hot Zone Hunter: Bronze

Playmaking Badges

  • Break Starter: Gold
  • Quick First Step: Gold

Defense / Rebounding Badges

  • Brick Wall: Silver
  • Chase Down Artist: Hall of Fame
  • Clamps: Hall of Fame
  • Intimidator: Hall of Fame
  • Pogo Stick: Hall of Fame
  • Rebound Chaser: Hall of Fame
  • Rim Protector: Hall of Fame
  • Tireless Defender: Hall of Fame

Center

A good Center must be able to get into the paint and get an easy bucket and then stop the other team’s big man on the other end.

This is why we recommend the Skill Breakdown that favors both Shooting and Defense/Rebounding.

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 84
  • Driving Dunk: 57
  • Standing Dunk: 76
  • Post Hook: 67

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 71
  • Three-Point Shot: 63
  • Free Throw: 82
  • Post Fade: 80

Playmaking

  • No Changes

Defense/Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: 82
  • Lateral Quickness: 48
  • Block: 87
  • Offensive Rebound: 80
  • Defensive Rebound: 88

Physicals

  • Height: 6’9″
  • Weight: 235 lbs
  • Wingspan: 88.0″

Takeover

  • Rim Protector or Glass Cleaner

Badges

Finishing Badges

  • Acrobat: Gold
  • Contact Finisher: Gold
  • Pro Touch: Gold
  • Relentless Finisher: Silver

Shooting Badges

  • Catch & Shoot: Gold
  • Deadeye: Silver
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Hall of Fame
  • Range Extender: Hall of Fame
  • Steady Shooter: Silver
  • Volume Shooter: Hall of Fame

Playmaking Badges

  • Break Starter: Bronze

Defensive / Rebounding Badges

  • Box: Silver
  • Intimidator: Hall of Fame
  • Pogo Stick: Silver
  • Rebound Chaser: Hall of Fame
  • Rim Protector: Hall of Fame
  • Tireless Defender: Hall of Fame