Playmaking builds can be quite effective in NBA 2K21 if done right. Building the right playmaker can get the opposing defense running in circles and amplify the players around you. But to create the right playmaker, you will need to focus on badges. That being said, you might be wondering which Playmaking badges are the best in the next-gen version of NBA 2K21. Let’s go over our picks, starting with a badge that was also in the current-gen version.
- Improves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves
The Ankle Breaker badge should work well for players who like to work the sticks. This badge improves the likelihood of knocking off a defender while performing dribble moves. Ankle Breaker should work very well for more advanced players, but it can be also quite helpful for newcomers as well. That’s provided that new players take the time and work on dribbling with the right analog stick.
- Improves a player’s ability to quickly pass the ball
One of the new badges for the next generation, Bullet Passer is rather straight-forward. The Bullet Passer badge improves a player’s ability to make quick passes, something that should come in handy when trying to make plays with speed and precision. It improves a player’s ability to quickly pass the ball.
- Boosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shots after catching a pass
The Dimer badge is one that might not necessarily help you, but it will benefit the rest of your team, especially the recipient of a pass. This new badge boosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shoots after receiving a pass. While there are other badges that are on this list, you shouldn’t ignore the Dimer, especially if your goal is to make clean set-up passes to your teammates.
- Teammates receive an offensive attribute bonus when player is in the game
In our overview of the best badges for the current-generation version of NBA 2K21, the Floor General badge made our list. For the next-gen version, Floor General makes the cut once again, as this badge boosts the attributes of your teammates on the floor. And if you upgrade this badge up to Hall of Fame, you will also be able to see the potential shot percentage of your teammates, which should be quite useful for planning out plays.
Handles for Days
- Reduces the amount of energy lost when performing dribble moves
We’ve already written about one Playmaking badge that helps out dribbling, but the Handles for Days one will probably get more use. This badge reduces the amount of stamina used when performing dribble moves, which, let’s be honest, can be a game-changer in some situations. Performing dribble moves can be nerve-wracking as is, but having this badge should help out a bit, as you can save energy and use it in situations where it’s needed the most.
- Reduces the chances of getting stripped by the defender
Having some issues with turnovers? The Unpluckable badge, which is returning from the current-gen version of NBA 2K21, should be useful. Unpluckable reduces the chances of getting pick-pocketed by opposing defenders, which will help out quite a bit when it comes to dribbling and looking to pass to other teammates. If you can avoid turning the ball over, you’re on the path to victory, so keep this badge in the back of your mind when planning a build.