NBA 2K & Basketball Glossary of Terms & Slang

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1-3-1 Zone Defense
A defensive strategy where each player covers an area / "zone" on defense while in a 1-3-1 formation (1 player at top, 3 in middle, 1 near paint) that relies on cutting off passing lanes, anticipation, and deflections to create turnovers and fast break opportunities for your team.

1-Man Fast Break
Describes a player who gets the defensive rebound and takes the ball coast-to-coast on a fast break.

1-Man Team
A team that relies solely on one person within that team.

A field goal from around 15 feet away from the basket.

Abbreviation of "1 versus 1" or "1 on 1", which means two players participating in a game of 1 on 1.

2-3 Zone Defense
A common defensive strategy in basketball where each player on defense covers an area / “zone” on defense in a 2- 3 formation (2 up top, 3 at bottom). Advantages include protecting the paint, while being at a disadvantage vs great shooting and rebounding.

A clock management strategy used in the final minute of a quarter where a team tries to get the last 2 out of 3 possessions and the final shot of a quarter or game.

2-Way Player
A player that excels at playing both offense and defense

24 Second / Shot Clock Violation
The offensive team must attempt to score a field goal before the shot clock expires; otherwise, the team has committed a shot clock violation (also known as a 24-second violation) that results in a turnover to their opponents.

24/7 Mode
24/7 mode was a mode in NBA 2K5 thru NBA 2K7 that preceded MyCAREER and featured various street ball challenges and storylines for your created player.

2K Cam
The default camera angle view in the NBA 2K series that gives a straight on, full wide view of the court so you can see the entire team at once. The view is best for fast breaks, passing, rotating on defense, running plays, and more.

2K Community
The community around the NBA 2K series.

2K Pro-Am
2K Pro-Am is a ranked game mode in the NBA 2K series, introduced in NBA 2K16, where players squad up using their created MyPLAYERS and take part in 5v5 games in an arena setting with full NBA rules.

2K Sports
2K is an American video game publisher based in Novato, California and owns the NBA 2K videogame series. 2K Sports was founded under Take-Two Interactive in January 2005 through the 2K Games and 2K Sports labels, following Take-Two Interactive's acquisition of Visual Concepts that same month.

A playable practice / training mode with tutorials on various basketball skills, controls, and tips for the NBA 2K series.

Abbreviation of "2 versus 2" or "2 on 2", which means four players participating in a game of 2 on 2.

3 on 2
3 offensive players running against 2 defensive players on a fast break.

3-2 Zone Defense
3-2 zone defense is a defensive strategy in basketball designed to be a disruptive half-court zone that forces the opposition out of their regular offensive structure and set plays. Meant to be used to defend teams with good outside shooting and/or weaker post players. The 3-2 formation features 3 defenders towards the perimeter and 2 on the interior.

3-in-the-Key / 3-Second Violation
A rule in basketball that requires that a player shall not remain in their team's foul lane for more than three consecutive seconds while that player's team is in control of a live ball in the frontcourt and the game clock is running. The countdown starts when one foot enters the restricted area and resets when both feet leave the area.

3-Point Contest
The Three-Point Contest is a NBA contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of All-Star Weekend. In this contest, participants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible from five positions behind the three-point line in one minute.

Abbreviation of "3 versus 3" or "3 on 3", which means six players participating in a game of 3 on 3.

4-Point Play
The rare occasion when an offensive player shoots and makes a three-point field goal while simultaneously being fouled by a defensive player, resulting in a shooting foul and one free throw attempt.

4K resolution refers to a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels. In television and consumer media, 3840 × 2160 is the dominant 4K standard.

Abbreviation of "4 versus 4" or 4 on 4", which means eight players participating in a game of 4 on 4.

5-Second Back to the Basket Violation
In the NBA, a player in the frontcourt, below the free throw line extended, is not permitted to dribble the ball with his back or side to the basket for more than five seconds.

5-Second Inbound Violation
A team attempting to throw a ball in-bounds has five seconds to release the ball towards the court. The five second clock starts when the team throwing it in has possession of the ball (usually bounced or handed to a player while out of bounds by the official).

Abbreviation of "5 versus 5" or "5 on 5", which means six players participating in a full game of 5 on 5 basketball. The traditional 5-man lineup consists of a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center.

6th Man
The sixth man in basketball is a player who is not a starter but comes off the bench much more often than other reserves, often being the first player to be substituted in.

6th Man Award
The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award is an annual NBA award given since to the league's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man).

8-Second Violation
Whenever a team inbounds the ball or gains possession on their backcourt, they have 8 seconds to cross the half court line into the frontcourt, otherwise an 8 second violation is called and the ball is given to the other team.

Affects the speed at which the player can move in short bursts and when taking off from a stand-still position.

Refers to equipment that basketball players wear in a game, such as headbands, arm sleeves, and knee pads

Acrobat Badge
Affects the ability to hit high degree of difficulty layups. Spin, half-spin, hop step, euro-step, cradle, reverse and change shot layup attempts receive a significant boost. Additionally, the ability to beat defenders with these gathers is improved.

Active Around The Rim
Describes a player who is aggressive around the rim in order to gain a rebound.

A German multinational corporation, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. Adidas gear and endorsements can be found in the NBA 2K series.

First introduced in NBA 2K15's MyPARK mode and re-introduced in NBA 2K21 The City, affiliations are a set of communities that MyPLAYERS can choose to join, equipped with their own basketball courts, headquarters, branding, mayors, and more. Affiliations go up against each other on Rival Day events as well. In NBA 2K15, three affiliations were introduced: The Old Town Flyers, Sunset Beach Ballers, and Rivet City Rough Riders. Since NBA 2K21, four new affiliations emerged: the North Side Knights, South City Vipers, Beasts of the East, and Western Wildcats.

In video games, artificial intelligence (AI) is used to generate responsive, adaptive or intelligent behaviors primarily in non-player characters ( NPCs) similar to human-like intelligence.

Air Ball
A shot that misses the backboard, rim, and net entirely.

Air Jordan
Derived from the nickname of basketball superstar Michael "Air" Jordan, Air Jordan is an American brand of basketball shoes, athletic, casual, and style clothing produced by Nike. Air Jordan gear and endorsements can be found in the NBA 2K series.

All Ball
Refers to a play being a clean defensive block or steal rather than a foul.

All Day
When an offensive player is having a streaky game and has hit consecutive baskets in a row or is consistently making shots, it is said that they can do it all day.

All-NBA Team
An annual NBA honor given to the best players in the league following every NBA season.

All-Time Team
A set of teams / rosters in NBA 2K which features the best players from any era that have played for a particular team.

A high pass caught by a leaping teammate who tries to dunk the ball before landing.

And 1
When an offensive player takes, and makes, a shot while being fouled by a defender from the opposing team while in the act of shooting.

Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. Animations in NBA 2K refers to the various types of animations used for various types of movements such as dribbling, jump shots, and more.

Ankle Braces Badge
Reduces the chances of getting crossed over. Lowers the likelihood of getting ankle-broken by opposing dribble moves.

Ankle Breaker
When a ball handler performs a dribble move with the ball that causes the defender to either lose balance or fall on the court, hence "breaking his ankles".

Ankle Breaker Badge
Improves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves. When performing stepbacks and other certain moves, the defender stumbles or falls more frequently when biting the wrong way.

Announcer / Commentator
In NBA broadcasting, an announcer gives a real-time commentary of a game or event, usually during a live broadcast, traditionally delivered in the present tense.

Ante Up
A location / set of court in the NBA 2K series where online players can play games and wager VC.

Also known as "builds" in the NBA 2K series, archetypes refer to create-a-player characters / build types in the game that have a set of specific basketball and physical characteristics, such as attributes, badges, and takeover mode.

A large enclosed platform, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theatre, musical performances, or sporting events.

Attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the basket.

Assist Percentage
An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor.

Assist Ratio
A measurement to calculate the percentage of a player's offensive possessions that result in an assist.

Assist-To-Turnover Ratio
The ratio of passes that resulted in an assists to passes that resulted in a turnover.

Assistant Coach
An assistant coach works under a head coach in a supportive role with a team. Responsibilities may include assisting with instructing players, assessing and developing player skills, strategizing game plans, and generally making sure the team is well-prepared and organized.

Assists Per Game (APG)
A statistic in that tracks how many assists a player averages per game over a certain stretch of time.

Association Mode
Also known as the traditional "franchise mode" in sports videogames, Association mode refers to the title of a mode in the NBA 2K series that preceded MyGM, MyLEAGUE, and MyNBA modes, wherein the user controls virtually all aspects of a team (such as trades, lineups, and drafting players into the NBA), rather than just playing games with the team.

In the NBA 2K series, an attribute is defined as a basketball skill or trait (i.e. "three-point shot") which is quantified with a numeric value and grade. Gamers can customize attribute values can for their MyPLAYER archetypes.

Attribute Cap
In the NBA 2K series, an attribute cap is a term for the maximum value a player can reach for a certain attribute.

Back Screen
A back screen is a basketball maneuver involving two players, called a cutter and a screener. The screener remains stationary on the court while the cutter moves toward the basket and attempts to use the screener to separate himself from his defender.

A rounded or rectangular board behind the basket on a basketball court which serves to keep missed shots from going out-of-bounds and from which the ball can be made to rebound into the basket.

A point guard and shooting guard are collectively referred to as a basketball team’s backcourt.

Backcourt Violation
Refers to two specific violations that occurs if a team doesn't advance the ball past half court ("8 Second Violation") or goes back over the half court boundary after already advancing the ball past the boundary ("Over and Back Violation").

Backdoor Cut
An offensive maneuver in basketball where a player without the ball moves away from the basket and brings along their defender, only to then cut towards the basket and behind the defender in order to receive the pass.

Backdown Punisher Badge
Increases the chances of a player successfully backing down their opponent. Allows players to have more success than normal when backing down a defender in the paint.

Badges are an attribute and gameplay mechanic in the NBA 2K series, introduced in NBA 2K15. They replaced Signature Skills and function in a similar manner. Badges can give a boost to player attributes, unlock animations, and other special abilities and advantages.

Badge Loadout
Gives players the ability to quickly and easily toggle between different badge sets that they have equipped.

Bail Out Badge
Increases the chances of successfully completing a pass from mid-air. Passing out of a jump shot or layup yields fewer errant passes than normal.

In the NBA 2K series, when a defensive player gives the impression that the player positions themselves to give the offense the impression that the player they're guarding is open, but is able to recover their position in time for the pass deflection or steal.

Ball Handle
Determines skill while dribbling the ball, both in terms of moves allowed and securing the ball from steal attempts.

Ball Handler
An offensive player who is in possession of the ball, most commonly refers to dribbling the ball.

Ball Hog
A player who controls and shoots the ball excessively instead of passing it to teammates; a player who hogs the ball.

Ball Movement
Refers to the fluidity of team passing.

Ball Reversal
The passing of the ball from one side of the court to the other.

Ball Screen
An offensive basketball play in which a non ball-handling offensive player screens a defender by placing their body between the defender and a teammate. This creates space for teammates to catch or distribute passes, attack the hoop, or shoot a jump shot.

Ball Stripper Badge
Helps increase the chance of a steal when attempting to strip a layup or dunk near the basket.

A person who is good at basketball

Banana Cut
A banana cut in basketball is a variation of the regular cut, but instead of the player cutting in a straight line, the player runs around the court in a slower, curved or arched cut.

Bank Shot
A shot that ricochets off the backboard before going into the basket.

Baseball Pass
A one handed pass that is used to throw the ball long distances.

The baseline is the boundary at the end of both sides of the court and is the out of bounds line behind each basket. It extends from sideline to sideline.

Basket Interference
A violation of (a) touching the ball or any part of the basket (including the net) while the ball is on the rim of the basket, (b) touching the ball when it is within the cylinder extending upwards from the rim, (c) reaching up through the basket from below and touching the ball, whether it is inside or outside the cylinder, or (d) pulling down on the rim of the basket so that it contacts the ball before returning to its original position, or during a shot attempt.

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each (also 1v1 up thru 4v4 can play) opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one, two or three one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Basketball Godz
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series to determine who can set the highest winning streak.

Basketball Team
A group of people united as a team to play the sport of basketball at a specific level.

An abbreviation of the term "basketball"

Bball IQ
Abbreviation of "Basketball IQ". Generally, "Basketball IQ" refers to the knowledge of how to play basketball in a smart way and the ability to instinctively play the game and dynamically adapt to any situation that comes up. Among other things, high basketball IQ players often instinctively know which play to make and when, where to position themselves on the court, and what to do when they have and don’t have the ball.

Beasts of the East
An affiliation in The City in the NBA 2K series.

An acronym for the four major components of correct shooting. It stands for Balance, Eyes, Elbow, and Follow-through.

Behind the Back
Behind the Back Dribble is a dribble move where the ball is moving from one hand to another, but the ball bounces behind the players back. Can also refer a Behind the Back Pass, which is a flashy pass delivered behind a player's back.

Located on the sidelines of the court, this is where the substitutes sit throughout a game.

Bench Player
A non-starter reserve player who sits and waits on the bench area until they are substituted into the game.

Bench Points
The number of points contributed by non-starting players / players who come off the bench during a basketball game.

When a player has been taken out of the game purposefully by the coaching staff due to poor performance in the game or other reasons.

Big Man
Refers to a physically large player, usually a center or sometimes a power forward.

Big Top Challenge
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where online players face AI-controlled mascots.

Bird Rights
The Larry Bird Exception, more commonly known as Bird Rights, is one of many clauses in the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows teams to circumvent the League's Salary Cap.

Blacktop Mode
An offline game mode in the NBA 2K series that takes place on a street court (or "blacktop") and allows users to play pick-up games with the NBA players of their choice, from 1v1 matchups all the way up to full court 5v5 games.

Blinders Badge
Gives the ability to be unfazed by defenders from the side. Jump shots taken with a defender closing out in their peripheral vision will suffer a lower penalty.

In the NBA 2K series, it's when a player rushes or "blitzes" the ball handler attempting to get a steal.

In basketball, a block or blocked shot occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player to prevent a score. The Block attribute in the NBA 2K series determines the chance to successfully block shots of all types.

Block Percentage
An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while he was on the floor.

Blocking Foul
If the defender does not get into a legal guarding position before contact occurs, it is a blocking foul on the defender.

Another name for a rebound.

Body Shape / Body Type
Refers to the shape of a player's body in the NBA 2K series. The current body type options in NBA 2K are the following: Built, Compact, Defined, and Solid.

The bonus situation (also called the penalty situation) occurs when one team accumulates a requisite number of fouls, which number varies depending on the level of play. When one team has committed the requisite number of fouls, each subsequent foul results in the opposing team's taking free throws regardless of the type of foul committed (i.e., whether the foul was a shooting foul).

An exploit that some users in the NBA 2K series perform where the opponents let you score and win to achieve the most rep from a game as possible, often resulting in a ban from the game.

Boot Camp
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series for players rated 75 and under.

In video games, a bot is a type of artificial intelligence (AI)–based expert system software that plays a video game in the place of a human. Bot is also used as slang for a bad player that "plays like the a bot".

Bounce Pass
A pass where one player bounces the ball off of the court to another player on his team.

Box Badge
Improves player’s ability to box out opponents. Strengthens a player’s ability to effectively box out opponents in anticipation of a rebound.

Box Out
To position oneself between an opposing player and the basket to hinder the opposing player from rebounding or tipping in a shot.

Box-and-1 Defense
A type of defensive strategy in basketball. In a box-and-one defense, four players play zone defense, and align themselves in a box protecting the basket, with typically the two larger (or frontcourt) players playing directly under the basket, and the two smaller (or backcourt) players playing towards the foul line. The fifth defensive player in a box-and-one defense plays man-to-man defense, typically marking the best offensive player on the other team.

Boxout Assist Strength
In the NBA 2K series, Boxout Assist Strength (under Controller Settings) is a setting that determines the effectiveness of AI boxout assistance.

Break Starter Badge
Improves a player’s ability to make effective outlet passes after grabbing a rebound. After grabbing a defensive board, deep outlet passes made up the court are more accurate. Passes must be made quickly following the defensive rebound.

A badly missed shot in basketball.

Brick Wall Badge
This badge makes it tougher for defenders to get around screens and harder for offensive players to back you down. Players hit by contact from a Brick Wall lose more energy than normal. At the Hall of Fame level, this player sets vicious screens in the park and blacktop.

Brickley's Gym
Brickley's Gym is a point of interest and quest location in The City mode in the NBA 2K series. The gym is based off the real gym by Chris Brickley, who is a notable basketball trainer to NBA stars.

Broadcast Cam
A side view camera angle in the NBA 2K series that simulates the view you would get if you watched an NBA game "broadcasted" on TV.

Bronze Badge
A tier 4 badge level in the NBA 2K series that affects how much a badge influences things like attributes, unlocked animations, and special abilities for a player.

Brown Shirt
The default outfit of players new to the park, consisting of a brown t-shirt, gray sweatpants, and generic 2K shoes, Brown shirt players are usually synonymous with being a "noob" and having a low overall rating and rep.

Bucket / Buckets
A slang term that is used for when a basketball player makes a field goal or basket.

When software behaves in a manner that the programmer(s) did not intend, due to problems in the programming

Refers to archetypes of a MyPLAYER character that is created by users in the NBA 2K series.

Bullet Passer Badge
Improves a player’s ability to quickly pass the ball. Speeds up how quickly a player gets the ball out of their hands as well as the velocity of the pass.

Buzzer Beater
A shot that is taken before the game clock of a quarter, a half, or an overtime period expires but does not go in the basket until after the clock expires and the buzzer sounds hence the name "buzzer beater".

In the NBA 2K series "Neighborhood" mode, Cages are online multiplayer courts designed with built-in trampolines where you can challenge other players.

Camera Angle
In the NBA 2K series, Camera Angle refers to the different types / options / locations of the visual point of view / perspective of the gameplay.

When a member of a team does outstandingly well and does most of the work leading his team to victory.

Carrying / Palming
A carrying / palming violation occurs when you place your hand underneath the basketball during a dribbling motion and when you grip the ball with your dribbling hand to impede the dribbling motion, resulting in a turnover.

Refers to a player who exclusively plays a game recreationally, infrequently, and/or socially and is not very knowledgeable about the game and/or are not competitive about trying to win.

Catch and Face
Catching a pass and turning directly toward the basket before taking a shot.

Catch and Shoot Badge
Boosts the chance of hitting a jump shot immediately after a catch. For a short time after receiving a pass, the receiver’s outside shooting attributes get a significant boost.

Center (C)
The Center (C), also known as the five, is one of the five positions in a basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. Centers traditionally have played close to the basket in the low post, but in the modern game, centers are more and more proficient and expected to be able to shoot from distance as well.

A foul called when an offensive player collides with a defensive player, who is stationary and has both feet firmly planted on the floor and outside the restricted area.

Charity Stripe
Another term for "free throw line" or shooting "free throws".

Chase Down Artist Badge
Raises the chances of getting a chase-down block. Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when he is chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.

Chase Down Block
A chase-down block occurs when a player pursues an opposing player who had run ahead of the defense (as in a fast break), and then blocks their shot attempt.

Chase Down Block Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that raises the chances of getting a chase-down block. Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when he is chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.

Cheating in video games involves a video game player using various methods to create an unfair advantage beyond normal gameplay, usually in order to make the game easier.

In gaming, the word cheese is used to describe strategies or game exploits that are disproportionately powerful or "OP", and do not require much skill from the player's side at the same time.

Chef Badge
Gives a boost to the range that a player can effectively shoot off-the-dribble three point attempts.

Cherry Pick
Refers to play where one player (the cherry picker) does not play defense with the rest of the team but remains near the opponents' goal. Can also refer to a player leaking-out very early on a fast break.

Chest Pass
A pass in basketball in which the ball is quickly propelled from the chest by the hands and arms.

A "ball hog" type of player who takes frequent, and often imprudent, shot attempts.

Circus Shot
A low-percentage shot, generally from close range, taken while the shooter is off balance, falling, facing away from the basket or otherwise out of control.

Circus Threes Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that gives boosts to stepback threes. Stepback threes taken off the dribble receive a boost.

Clamp / Clamped
When a player is playing excellent defense on the player with the ball and shuts down the opponent; When an offensive player is getting shut down by a defender.

Clamps Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that boosts the ability to stay in front of the ball handler on the perimeter. Defenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding the ball handler.

In video games, a clan, community, guild or faction is an organized group of video game players that regularly play together in one or more multiplayer games. Many clans take part in gaming competitions, but some clans are just small gaming squads consisting of friends. These squads range from groups of a few friends to four-thousand plus person organizations, with a broad range of structures, goals and members.

Classic Team
A roster of former NBA teams. In the NBA 2K series, Classic Teams have featured notable past NBA teams that include champion teams or teams with notable players.

Clear Out
When all members of the offensive team spread out and away from the ball handler and the basket so that the ball handler can take his defender on one-on-one.

Clear Path Foul
A personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

Clogging the Paint
In basketball, clogging the paint refers to when the paint / key is clogged by bigs on offense who are "camping" in the paint for long periods of time, often negatively affecting team spacing and open driving lanes for teammates.

Close Shot
Ability to shoot when standing still out to 10 feet from the basket. Helps post hooks, and is also used to determine the ability to make standing alley-oop and putback layup attempts.

A closeout is defined as a movement made by a defensive player in order to lessen the gap between themselves and a offensive player around the perimeter to contest a shot, deflect a pass inside, or slow down the offensive player from driving to the basket.

Club 2K
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series that includes music, gear, and increased rep.

A word used to describe the aptitude of basketball performances specifically during the last minutes of a game.

Clutch Shooter Badge
Increases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments. Shot attempts that occur during the final moments of the 4th quarter, or in any overtime period, receive a large boost.

A coach is someone with responsibilities that include developing, teaching, directing, strategizing, and managing basketball players to help them win games.

Coaches Challenge
An opportunity for a head coach to trigger an instant replay review of events in a game: a called foul, violation, or other decision by the game officials. Each team gets one Challenge throughout the entire game, regardless of whether the Challenge is successful.

Going from one end of the basketball court to the other, usually on a fast break.

Combo Guard
A combo guard is a basketball player who combines the attributes of a point guard (1) and shooting guard (2), but does not necessarily fit the standard description of either position.

An abbreviation for the word "competition", commonly refers to high level players in the NBA 2K series.

Slang term for a player who only spots up and doesn't move (like a "cone" used for traffic control) behind the three-point line (usually in the corners) for the entire offensive possession, waiting for catch-and-shoot opportunities.

Contact Dunk
In basketball, contact dunks are physical dunks that take place while in contact with a defender or over a defender. In the NBA 2K series, contact dunks are also dunk animations where players posterize the defender in the paint.

Content Creator
Someone who contributes information to any media and most especially to digital media for an end-user / audience in specific contexts.

Controller Settings
In the NBA 2K series, controller settings let users set their gameplay preferences for their controller.

In gaming, controls refer to the correlating gameplay actions or movements that occur when pressing buttons or input from the videogame controller hardware.

Converse is an American shoe company that designs, distributes, and licenses sneakers, skating shoes, lifestyle brand footwear, apparel, and accessories. Founded in 1908, it has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003. Converse gear can be found in the NBA 2K series.

In basketball, a slang term for when an offensive player can score on a player any way they see fit, then that player is "cooked".

Another word for when a defender steals the ball from a ball handler.

Corner Specialist Badge
Gives a boost to shots taken near the corner. Deep mid-range or 3PT shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, whether it is off the dribble or off a catch.

Court Conqueror
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where online players square off against AI-controlled NBA legends.

Court Vision
This refers to a basketball player’s ability to see and understand everything going on the basketball court, while in play. A player with good court vision will have attributes such as the ability to know where his teammates will be during offensive plays and where defenders will be set up.

In basketball, courtside is the area around the actual court. Sitting courtside means a fan is sitting as close to the action as they can get.

Cover Athlete(s)
Refers to the player or players that appear on the cover of a videogame.

Crash the Boards
Crash the boards is another term to describe rebounding in basketball. The term “boards” is in reference to the backboard and “crashing” refers to moving aggressively and quickly to rebound the ball.

Crew Mode
In the NBA 2K series, Crew Mode was the name of the game mode (introduced in NBA 2K11) for an online multiplayer mode where online players teamed up in 5v5 games to play other crews of players online using their created characters. The name of this mode was then renamed and now known as "2K Pro Am".

Crossed Up
A move when a player does a crossover on a defender and the defender got faked out.

A crossover dribble is a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbling the ball switches the ball rapidly from one hand to the other, to make a change in direction.

Cruise Ship
In the NBA 2K series, Cruise Ship is the location for the "Neighborhood" online multiplayer MyPLAYER mode introduced in NBA 2K22 and available on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC platforms. Neighborhood is built on the spacious decks of a sailing cruise ship.

A gaming term for the newest generation of gaming consoles including PC's whose architecture is on par with or better than that of the most recent console releases. "Current-gen" becomes "last-gen" when the "next-gen" consoles are released / adopted.

Curry Slide
The Curry Slide is a technique that NBA star Steph Curry uses where he dribbles behind his back from one hand to the other as he slides in that direction. Also a popular dribble move / animation in the NBA 2K series.

A cut in basketball is a sudden move or change of direction on the court to avoid a defensive player with the intent of getting open on the floor.

A player that cuts to the hoop.

An abbreviation for "defense".

In basketball the term D-up is used to prompt defensive intensity from a team or specific player on the court.

A term used when a player makes a late field goal, or basket, in a basketball game that puts the game out of reach for their opponent and guarantees a victory for their team.

Dead Ball
In basketball, most or any time play is stopped the ball is considered dead, such as when a foul has been committed and called by a referee, a foul shot has been attempted and another one is yet to be attempted, or the ball has gone out of bounds.

Deadeye Badge
Reduces the impact of a defender who is closing out. Jump shots taken with a defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest. This includes both mid-range and 3PT shots.

Deep Hooks Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that boosts the shot percentage when shooting hooks from a deep distance. Post hooks taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal.

A basketball defense refers to the defensive strategies, alignments, and positioning that a team uses to prevent the opposing offense from scoring baskets.

Defensive / Rebounding Badge
A category of badges in the NBA 2K series with the traits of defense and rebounding.

Defensive Assist Strength
A controller setting in the NBA 2K series that determines the effectiveness of AI defensive movement assistance.

Defensive Leader Badge
Lifts the defensive abilities of teammates when on the court.

Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)
An annual NBA award given to the best defensive player of the regular season.

Defensive Rating (DRtg)
A statistic used to measure how many points a player or team allows on average over the course of 100 team possessions.

Defensive Rebound
In basketball, a Defensive Rebound occurs in basketball when a defensive player gains possession of the basketball after an offensive player misses a field goal or free throw attempt. In the NBA 2K series, the Defensive Rebound attribute affects the ability to grab defensive rebounds. Along with vertical, unlocks rebound content to reach the ball more easily on missed shots. Helps determine ability to box or navigate around box outs.

Defensive Win Shares (DWS)
Defensive win shares (DWS) is a player statistic that attributes credit to players based on their ability to prevent opposing teams from scoring. A player’s DWS is calculated by estimating the number of points allowed per 100 defensive possessions.

A game demo is a usually freely distributed piece of a video game. Demos are typically released by the game' s publisher to help consumers get a feel of the game before deciding whether to buy the full version and/or keep it.

Deny Ball
A term used in basketball when a defensive player prevents the person he’s guarding from getting the ball by putting themself in between their opponent and the person in possession of the ball.

Difficult Shots Badge
Improves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble. High difficulty jumpers such as hop steps, spins, stepbacks, and pull-ups receive a shot percentage boost.

Dime Time
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where assists are tallied towards a community goal.

Dimer Badge
Boosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shots after catching a pass. When in the half-court, passes by Dimers to open shooters yield a shot percentage boost.

Slang for a high difficulty pass, nice pass, and/or a fancy pass that results in an easy bucket.

Double Team
A defensive alignment in which two defensive players are assigned to guard a single offensive player.

A basketball play in which a leaping player catches a pass above the basket and while in the air lobs it to another player for a dunk or basket.

When a player achieves double-digit figures in two positive statistical categories.

To dribble the ball with two hands at the same time, or to dribble, stop, and then begin to dribble again. Either act is a violation of the rules and results in a loss of possession.

Down Screen
When an offensive player runs to the baseline closest to their goal to set a screen.

Downhill Badge
Gives a bonus to a player’s Speed With Ball attribute in fastbreak situations.

A term to describe the area beyond the 3-point arc.

Dream Shake Badge
Raises the chances that a defender bites when doing fakes in the post. Post move fakes have a higher chance of stunning a defender. Also, shot attempts following post moves and shot fakes have an increased shot percentage.

A dribble is movement of the ball, caused by a player in control, who throws or taps the. ball to the floor.

Dribble Gawd / Dribble God
A player who can string together dribble combos with great proficiency.

Drive and Kick
When a ball handler drives to the basket, then passes, or “kicks”, the ball out to an open perimeter shooter.

Driving Dunk
Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop and putback dunk attempts while moving toward the basket.

Driving Layup
Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop and putback layups attempts while moving toward the basket.

Driving the Lane
Driving the lane is where a player looks to attack along the lane lines (where the players set up for free throws) looking for scoring opportunities or kick backs if running a dribble drive type of offense.

Drop Step
A post move in basketball in which the player posting up takes a back step on the side of a defender behind him and spins to that side to gain leverage.

Dropping Dimes
In basketball, the term dropping dimes refers to an assist and to nice passes, in which a player will make a pass to a teammate which leads to scoring a basket.

Dropstepper Badge
Improves a player's ability to effectively use dropsteps in the post. Allows for more success when attempting post dropsteps and hop steps, in addition to protecting the ball better while performing these moves in the post.

A simple maneuver in basketball, defined as the delivery of the ball through the rim of the basket, or cylinder, by one hand or by two.

Dunk Contest
A contest in which people compete to perform the most impressive dunks. The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is an annual NBA competition held during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Dunk Fest
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where dunks are tallied towards a community goal.

Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%)
A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.

The removal of a participant from a contest due to a violation of the basketball rules.

The elbow in basketball is an area on the court located where the free throw line and the corners of the paint meet.

Emptying the Bench
When a coach removes all of his starters from the game and replaces them with all of his bench players. This usually occurs at the very end of a game when either the team is winning by a large amount or they are losing the game, with little chance of winning.

When a player, who is usually well-known, agrees to represent a company’s brand or product for a specified duration of time in exchange for money. In the NBA 2K series, endorsements can be earned in MyCAREER mode.

A flaw or fault in a computer program or system that causes it to produce an incorrect or unexpected result.

Describes a multiplayer video game played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers.

Euro Step
A basketball move in which an offensive player picks up their dribble, takes a step in one direction, and then quickly takes a second step in another direction. It is intended to allow the offensive player to evade a defender and attack the basket.

Events in the NBA 2K series are special happenings and opportunities at a designated time for players to earn rewards and enjoy limited time boosts (e.g. Double Rep) to their gameplay experience. There are several different types of events, each having its own criteria and rules to participate.

Face Scan
A face scan is a technology used in the NBA 2K series for users to scan their face digitally into the game and onto their MyPLAYER character.

Fade Ace Badge
Improves the ability to shoot post fades. Shot boost to post fadeaways taken from ANY distance.

A type of jumpshot where a player leans back, or "fades", to try to create separation from the defender.

Fast Break
An offensive strategy in basketball where a team attempts to move the ball up court and into scoring position as quickly as possible, so that the defense is outnumbered and does not have time to set up.

Fast Twitch Badge
Speeds up the ability to get standing layups or dunks off before the defense has time to contest.

Fearless Finisher Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that improves a player's ability to convert contact layups. Strengthens a player' s ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups.

Feed the Post
Passing the ball to a low post player.

An abbreviation of "field goal".

Abbreviation for field goal attempts

Field Goal
In basketball, a field goal is a basket scored on any shot or tap other than a free throw, worth two or three points depending on the distance of the attempt from the basket.

Field Goal Percentage (FG%)
Field goal percentage is used to measure how well a player or team shoots the ball during a game. To calculate field goal percentage, divide the number of made shots by the total number of shot attempts.

Finger Roll
A type of layup shot in which the player shoots with their palm facing away from the basket, rolling the ball off the tips of their outstretched fingers.

A player who finishes any given play around the hoop; A player who is proficient at finishing around the hoop.

Finishing Badge
A category of badges in the NBA 2K series with the traits of finishing around the hoop.

Flagrant Foul
Flagrant Foul Penalty 1: Unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent. Flagrant Foul Penalty 2: Unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent.

Flashy Passer Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that gives an additional boost to player’s Takeover meter after completing an assist with a flashy pass. After completing a flashy pass for an assist, both the passer and the scorer receive an additional boost to their Takeover meters.

Flex Offense
A patterned offense in basketball relying on cuts across the key (called a "flex cut") and down screens to create a "pick-the-picker" action. This offense is most effective against a man-to-man defense, though some ambitious coaches have used it against odd front zones.

An "in-between" shot usually by a guard while driving to the hoop over taller players, performed by gently pushing the ball up in the air with a higher than normal arc.

Floor General Badge
Teammates receive an offensive attribute bonus when player is in the game. Gives offensive attribute boosts to teammates when on the floor. Also, at the Hall of Fame level, can see teammates` potential shot percentages while on offense.

A flop is an intentional fall or stagger by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call by an official against the opponent. A flop in the NBA 2K series online is usually done by teammates after seeing a player does something "noob-ish" or if a teammate makes a really good highlight-reel type play.

Refers to illegal personal contact or unsportsmanlike conduct on the court or sidelines of a game.

Foul Trouble
A situation in which a player is in danger of exceeding the number of permitted fouls and being put out of the game.

Four-Point Play
The rare occasion when an offensive player shoots and makes a three-point field goal while simultaneously being fouled by a defensive player, resulting in a shooting foul and one free throw attempt.

Franchise Player
A player who is both the best player on their team and one that the team can build their "franchise" around for the foreseeable future.

Free Agent
A player that is able to test the market for his services as a player. In short, an unrestricted free agent (UFA) is free to sign with any team. Once they sign, they are a part of that new team. A restricted free agent (RFA) can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player’s original team can retain him by matching the terms of that offer. The original team is said to have the “right of first refusal.”

Free Throw
An unhindered shot in basketball made from behind a set line and awarded because of a foul by an opponent. In the NBA 2K series. the Free Throw attribute determines the ability of successfully making free throw shot attempts.

Free Throw Line
A line on a basketball court 15 ft. (4.6 m) from the backboard, from which foul shots are taken.

A basketball team's offensive half of the court; the positions of the forwards and center on a basketball team; also the forwards and center themselves.

Full White / Full Bar
Refers to the shot meter in the NBA 2K series when a user thinks they hit a good shot expecting a "green" on the shot meter, but gets a full white instead. Also known as a full bar.

The entire basketball court, from one baseline to the other. A full-size basketball court is 94 ft. by 50 ft. It is divided by a half-court line along its center.

Full-Court Press
A defensive tactic of harassing, close-guarding defense in which the team without the ball pressures the opponent man-to- man the entire length of the court in order to disrupt dribbling or passing and force a turnover.

The NBA G League, or simply the G League, is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization. The league was known as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) from 2001 to 2005, and the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) from 2005 until 2017.

An abbreviation of "Greatest Of All Time".

A shot that wins the game in the final moments.

In the NBA 2K series, gameplay refers to the actual action on the court (animations, gameplay balance, etc.) and related elements.. Gameplay is the specific way in which players interact with a game, and in particular with video games. Gameplay is the pattern defined through the game rules, connection between player and the game, challenges and overcoming them,a nd player's connection with it. Video game gameplay is distinct from graphics and audio elements.

Gatorade Gym
The Gatorade Training Facility is a key place for those wanting to maximize their MyCAREER player’s potential throughout the game doing various drills and ability to shooting around.

An abbreviation for "good game".

Giant Slayer Badge
Heightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders. Boosts the shot percentage for a layup attempt when mismatched against a taller defender and reduces the possibility of getting blocked.

Give and Go
A play in basketball in which a player passes to a teammate and immediately cuts toward the hoop to receive a return pass.

Glass Cleaner
A glass cleaner in basketball is a term to describe a player who is excellent at rebounding. With backboards in most leagues being made out of glass, a player is said to be “cleaning the glass” when they grab the ball off the backboard. In the NBA 2K series, a "Glass Cleaner" is an MyPLAYER archetype with high rebounding attributes.

The practice of players exploiting faults in a video game's programming to achieve tasks that give them an unfair advantage in the game.

Glue Hands Badge
Reduces the chances of an errant pass, while improving the ability to both catch tough passes and quickly make the next move.

A violation in which a defensive player interferes with a shot when it is on its downward arc or is on or over the rim.

Gold Badge
A tier 2 badge level in the NBA 2K series that affects how much a badge influences things like attributes, unlocked animations, and special abilities for a player.

Gold Rush
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series to earn VC.

Gone Gold
A game has "Gone Gold" when the final master copy has been produced at the developer and sent off for replication, packaging, and shipment. The game is not yet released, but it begins appearing on store shelves and online pre-orders arriving at doorsteps.

Got Next
As an abbreviated version of asking "Whose team is playing the next game?". In the NBA 2K series, there are " Got Next" spots in the park game mode.

Grace Under Pressure Badge
Gives a boost to standing shots that happen close to the basket.

Granny Style
A method of shooting baskets, especially foul shots, in which the ball is thrown underhand, with both arms, from below or anterior to the pelvis. NBA Hall of Famer, Rick Barry, made this style famous with his signature under-hand style free throws.

Refers to the computer-generated visuals / imagery of a videogame.

A term used to describe an perfect release in the NBA 2K series, derived from the green color on the shot meter that is shown on a perfect release.

Green Bean
A term used to describe an excellent release in the NBA 2K series.

Green Machine Badge
Increases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases. Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots.

In video games, grinding is the act of performing repetitive tasks to achieve a desired outcome.

The general term for a shooting guard or a point guard.

The game of H-O-R-S-E is played by 2 or more players. The order of turns is established before the game starts. The player whose turn is first is given control, which means they must attempt to make a basket in a particular way of their choosing, explaining to the other players beforehand what the requirements of the shot are. If that player is successful, every subsequent player must attempt that same shot according to its requirements. If a player fails to duplicate the shot, they acquire a letter, starting with H and moving rightward through the word "Horse".

Another term used to describe fouling and/or aggressively fouling a player in basketball.

Hack-a-Shaq is a basketball defensive strategy used in the NBA that involves committing intentional fouls (originally a clock management strategy) against poor free throw shooters for the purpose of lowering opponents' scoring. The strategy originally acquired its name for Don Nelson's use of it against Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal.

Half-Court Defense
Half-court defense is an organized form of defense in which the defensive team occupies their defensive half of the court in predefined positions.

Half-Court Offense
A term used to describe any offensive strategy that is executed once the team crosses the half-court line. Usually, a half-court offense involves a number of set plays which the players can utilize against their opponents.

Half-Court Press
A specific type of press that can be run in a man-to-man defense or in a zone style defense too. The main goals are to speed up the opponent, trap the offensive players where possible, create as many turnovers as possible, and take time off the clock from the offense.

Hall of Fame (NBA)
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history.

Hall of Fame Badge
A tier 1 badge level in the NBA 2K series that affects how much a badge influences things like attributes, unlocked animations, and special abilities for a player.

When a defender uses one or both hands to initiate contact by placing it on the offensive player to better control the ball handler.

A basketball player’s ball handling and dribbling skills. A player who is described as having excellent handles means they have excellent ball handling and dribbling skills.

Handles for Days Badge
Reduces the amount of energy lost when performing dribble moves. A player takes less of an energy hit when performing consecutive dribble moves, allowing them to chain together combos quicker for longer periods of time.

Hang Time
The length of time a player stays in the air. Usually referring to a player's hang time during a dunk.

Heat Check
A "heat-check" refers to a shot that a player would not normally take if they weren’t feeling confident. This could be a shot from a greater distance than the player is comfortable with, or could be a high difficulty shot. Basically, a player on a hot streak is ‘checking’ how figuratively hot they really are.

Heating Up
When a player has made a consecutive number of shots during a stretch of time in a game.

The measurement from base to top or (of a standing person) from head to foot. A physical measurement in the NBA 2K series.

Held Ball
A held ball occurs when two opponents have one or both hands firmly on the ball or when a defensive player touches the ball causing the offensive player to return to the floor with the ball in his continuous possession which would result in a traveling violation.

Help Defense
Help defense is a defensive strategy within man to man defense that utilizes one or more defenders to provide assistance to other defenders.

Help Side Defense
Help Side is one of the primary aspects of team man to man defense strategy. It's the application and rotation of weak side defenders helping out the players on the strong side who are defending the ball.

High Percentage Shot
This is a shot in basketball that has a good chance of going into the basket, such as a layup or dunk or a shot within a player's hot zone.

High Post
The area at the top of the key, around where the corners of the free throw line are.

Hockey Assist
Refers to a pass that led to a pass that led to a field goal. It’s called a hockey assist because hockey is the only one of the major sports to credit players for it in basic official statistics.

Home Court Advantage
Describes the benefit that the home team is said to gain over the visiting team, such as player's familiarity with the environment, crowd enthusiasm and affect of crowd noise, and the visitor team having to travel to the home team.

Hook Shot
A one-handed shot in which a player extends one arm out to the side and over the head toward the basket.

Hook Specialist Badge
Increases post hook shot percentage. Gives a boost to post hooks taken from any distance.

A slang term in basketball used for someone who can jump extremely high with ease. The term "hops" describes the player's vertical jumping ability and athleticism.

Hot Zone
Refer to specific areas on the basketball court where a player shoots the best / has the highest percentages at shooting the ball.

Hotzone Hunter Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that boosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player’s favorite spots. Shots that are taken in a player’s hot zone(s) are given a boost.

Hustler Badge
Improves the ability to beat opponents to loose balls.

Hyperdrive Badge
Increases the speed at which a player can perform moving dribble moves as they attack down the court.

Ice In Your Veins
A slang phrase for a player who is calm and composed under pressure and rises against adversity in clutch high- pressure moments of the game.

Icon Pass
A controls feature in the NBA 2K series that bring up visual pass icons that correlate to a player / position for passing to a player directly instead of a general / normal pass.

Illegal Defense
Illegal defense, also known as a defensive three-second violation and "3 in the key", is a basketball rules infraction in the NBA. It is assessed when a member of the defending team spends more than three seconds in the lane.

Illegal Screen
An offensive foul in basketball when the player who is setting the screen is still moving when they make contact with the defensive player.

In and Out Dribble
A dribble move that is widely used as a counter move to a crossover, whereby the ball handler fakes the crossover and pushes the ball back out on the same hand.

In the Paint
Refers to being inside the "key", which is the area on a basketball court that extends from the free throw line to the base line.

In the Zone
Also known as “being in a state of flow", being in the zone in basketball is when a player is completely locked in and fully immersed in a feeling of heightened focus, full involvement, and enjoyment that usually results in an amplified performance in the game. Usually being "in the zone" refers to when a player is shooting the lights out, but can also refer to other skills while on the court.

1. The area that is between the baseline and sidelines in a basketball court where the game is played. 2. This term is also used to describe bringing the ball back into play by using a throw-in. A player will inbound the ball after a scoring a basket, foul or any other dead ball.

Incidental Contact
Occurs in basketball when two opposing players make minimal contact with each other, but it is not a deliberate foul or violation. Contact may occur if the players are performing their normal offensive and defensive duties, reaching for a loose ball and other actions as long as the contact does not give either player an advantage on the play.

Input Lag
The amount of time that passes between sending an electrical signal and the occurrence of a corresponding action. In video games the term is often used to describe any latency of the input and the responsiveness of the controls.

Intention Foul
A foul deliberately committed by a defensive player to stop play. Usually committed to stop a fast break or more commonly as a tactic at the end of a close game to stop the clock and put a player on the free throw line.

Interceptor Badge
Increases chances at getting steals in passing lanes. The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases.

Interior Defense
Determines the ability for the player to defend the paint both on and off the ball, as well as contest shots near the rim.

Intimidator Badge
Offensive players have less success shooting when contested by players with this badge. Also boosts the shot defense ratings when tightly guarding an opponent.

Isolation (Iso)
An offensive strategy where the offense spreads the court and the ball handler goes one-on-one with the defender trying to score.

Another word for jump shot.

Jab Step
A hard “half step” made by an offensive player who is in triple threat, used to force a defender to react.

A move to fake out a defender.

Jump Ball
A ball put in play by the referee, who throws it up between two opposing players.

Jump Shot
A shot with one or both hands in which a player leaps into the air and shoots the ball at the basket at the moment of reaching the highest point of the leap. In the NBA 2K series, players can choose their own signature jump shot.

Jump Stop
When a player comes to a stop landing simultaneously on both feet in a controlled stance.

Another word for "jump shot".

Jumpshot Base
In the NBA 2K series, jumpshot base (which usually refers to the jumpshot creator) is the lower half of a jumpshot.

Jumpshot Creator
A feature in the NBA 2K series' MyCAREER mode, where users are able to create a custom jumpshot for their MyPLAYER.

The painted area on a basketball court that extends from the free throw line to the base line. Also called " the paint".

Kia Challenge
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series with increased rep.

Kick Out
When a ball handler drives to the basket or is in paint, then passes, or “kicks”, the ball out to an open perimeter shooter.

An abbreviation for "loss".

A delay between the action of the players and the reaction of the game server.

An area on the basketball court that is underneath the backboard and extends from the end line to the free throw line.

Lane Violation
An infraction in basketball that occurs when a player is caught standing in the painted area of the court for three seconds. Also refers to the act of entering the free-throw lane before the free-throw shot has left the shooter's hands.

A layup in basketball is a two-point shot attempt made by leaping from below, laying the ball up near the basket, and using one hand to bounce it off the backboard and into the basket. The motion and one-handed reach distinguish it from a jump shot. The layup is considered the most basic shot in basketball. When doing a layup, the player lifts the outside foot, or the foot away from the basket. In the NBA 2K series, the Driving Layup attribute determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop and putback layups attempts while moving toward the basket.

Leak Out
When a player on the perimeter defender begins "leaking out" down court for fast break opportunities when the opposing team shoots.

The highest rank a player can achieve in the NBA 2K series for online multiplayer MyPLAYER modes.

Legend Edition
A version of the NBA 2K series game, usually with a cover athlete of a retired hall of fame "legend" NBA player, along with extra digital content and bonuses.

Introduced in NBA 2K22, levels are a position of rank in the online multiplayer MyPLAYER / MyCAREER mode, where advancing and progression is earned by gameplay performances.

Limitless Spot-Up
Gives a boost to the range that a player can effectively shoot standing three point shots.

Limitless Takeoff Badge
When attacking the basket, a player with this badge will start their dunk or layup gather from farther out than others.

Lob City Finisher Badge
Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop dunk/layup. Improves a player's ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands.

Lob Pass
A pass that is thrown in an arc over the top of a defender to get to another offensive player. It usually occurs during an alley-oop, a pass to a player posting up, or a long outlet pass over a defender's reach.

Lock Up
When a defensive player plays good, hard and aggressive defense against an opponent which has an affect of diminishing the offensive player's scoring or positive impact on the game.

Lockdown Defender
Describes one of the defense's best defenders. A lockdown defender is capable of shutting down even the best offensive player on the other team. In the NBA 2K series, a Lockdown Defender is an archetype in the game that has high defensive attributes.

Locker Code
A text code in the NBA 2K series usually delivered by NBA 2K or an affiliate, that users enter into the game which most often with various rewards in MyTEAM mode, usually a free MyTEAM player or pack.

Locker Room
A pre-game room for changing clothes and for storing clothing and equipment in lockers. In the NBA 2K series, the Locker Room is a lobby for Rec mode where players join up to play a 5v5 game.

Looking for Squad
A method or feature in which players try to find teammates for videogames.

Loose Ball
A live ball that is not in possession of either team.

Loose Ball Foul
A foul committed while both teams are contesting possession of the ball.

Low Percentage Shot
A shot that is unlikely to go into the basket, such as one that is released by a player who is outside his shooting range or off balance.

Low Post
A location on the court where players position themselves. It is located just near the basket just above one of either of the low blocks.

Lucky #7 Badge
Gives a boost to mid-range or three point attempts within the first seven seconds of a possession.

Making It Rain
A slang term for a player making shots from all over the floor.

A type of defensive formation and tactic where every defensive player is assigned an offensive player to defend against.

Match-Up Zone Defense
A combination defense, combining elements of man-to-man defense (on ball), and zone defense (away from the ball).

Menace Badge
While guarding and staying in front of an opponent, their attributes will drop if good defense is being played.

Mid-Level Exception
An NBA rule that permits teams to sign a player for up to a certain amount over their spending cap. This exception can be used once per year and can be spread out among several players.

Mid-Range Shot
A mid-range jump shot in basketball is when a player takes a jumper outside of the key, but inside the three-point line. Also an attribute in the NBA 2K series that determines the ability to make shots of all types from mid-range distance, including post fadeaway attempts.

Mismatch Expert Badge
After forcing the switch, a player with this badge will have more success when shooting over the taller defender.

Mobile-1 Grand Prix
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series with increased rep.

A phenomenon in sports when a team captures the flow and control of the game. In basketball, this is often illustrated by going on "a run" of positive plays. Game analysis often points to particular plays that changed the tide. These key plays are identified as the moments in which the momentum swings to favor one team and handicap the other.

Momentum Dribbling
Refers to dribble moves in the NBA 2K series that are performed while having dribbling momentum.

Most Valuable Player (MVP)
The NBA MVP is an annual award given since to the best performing player of the regular season.

Motion Offense
A motion offense is a category of offensive scheme used in basketball. Motion offenses use player movement, often as a strategy to exploit the quickness of the offensive team or to neutralize a size advantage of the defense.

Mouse in the House Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that when attacking a smaller defender, there will be a higher change of successfully finishing.

Moving Crossover
A dribbling maneuver where the ballhandler quickly shifts from one hand to another. The crossover move is a way of faking out other basketball players by rapidly switching the ball from one hand to the other and changing direction of travel.

Moving Violation
Is another term to describe a traveling violation. When a player moves one or both of their feet illegally without dribbling the ball, it’s a moving violation. When an offensive player is charged with a moving violation, it is a turnover and the other team gains possession of the ball.

MyTEAM Points are an in-game currency in the NBA 2K series MyTEAM mode that can be used to purchase all the cards in the game in the Auction House. MT Coins can be earned by completing numerous activities, purchasing packs, and selling the cards on an Auction House.

An all-encompassing, immersive game mode in the NBA 2K series that places you in the shoes of an aspiring NBA prospect, aka your MyPLAYER, that you control down to the smallest detail. Choosing to create a player that resembles your likeness or craft an entirely new identity is up to you, but it’s just the first of the many choices you’ll need to make when building your ideal athlete.

MyCOURT is a basketball court and location spot in the NBA 2K series that is designated for MyPLAYERS.

The latest "franchise mode" for the NBA 2K series. Build out and solidify a championship-caliber staff, define the roles you’ll need to fill, and learn how training can make or break a title run

A companion app for the NBA 2K series that comes with various features such as MyPLAYER face scan, entering locker codes, and more.

Introduced in NBA 2K14, "MyPARK" or also called "Park" refers to the first game mode where users could play against other people online using their MyPLAYER in an open setting and can walk around and join or spectate ongoing games in real-time. Players chose between three affiliations and parks: Sunset Beach Ballers, Rivet City Rough Riders, and the Old Town Flyers. MyPARK had a ranking / leveling up system with rewards as well. MyPARK mode has evolved to become the "Neighborhood" and then "The City" on next-gen, which still capture the same online and open-world dynamics. All these modes are still commonly and casually referred to as "Park".

MyPLAYER is the name given to a user's created player in MyCAREER mode.

MyPLAYER Builder
The create-a-player feature for MyPLAYERS, where you can customize body type, attributes, badges, and more.

MyTEAM mode, which was introduced in NBA 2K13, focuses on building a team of players and competing against other players' teams online. The player's primary venue for acquiring players for their team is card packs; the player purchases a card pack, which features random items the player can use in the mode, including players. In addition to compiling a select group of players, the player can also customize their team's jerseys and court, among other things.

MyTEAM Auction
A feature in MyTEAM where MyTEAM cards can be bought with MT on what is called the 'Auction House'. This is where other players sell their own players for a certain amount of MT.

MyTEAM Cards
In the NBA 2K series, MyTEAM cards are made up from past and present NBA stars, coaches, gear, and more. Cards are used to build a full team lineup to compete in matches offline and online. Cards can be attained from several methods, such as buying packs, locker codes, and the Auction House. Cards have tiered levels Bronze, Silver, Gold, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst, Diamond, Pink Diamond, Galaxy Opal.

MyTEAM Collection
A feature in MyTEAM that collects different types of players, coaches, playbooks, etc. which give rewards for completing a collection.

National Basketball Association (NBA)
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league in North America. The league is composed of 30 teams ( 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

NBA 2K (Series)
NBA 2K is a series of basketball sports simulation video games developed and released annually since 1999. The premise of each game in the series is to emulate the sport of basketball, more specifically, the National Basketball Association. The series was originally published by Sega Sports, and is now published by 2K Sports. All of the games in the franchise have been developed by Visual Concepts. It has seen releases on eighteen different platforms. The NBA 2K series has also been used in eSports. Their primary rival was NBA Live by EA Sports until the series was put into a hiatus after the release of NBA Live 19 in 2018.

NBA 2K Arcade Edition
An arcade version of the NBA 2K series, exclusively on Apple Arcade.

NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League is an esports league joint venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive. The league was announced on February 9, 2017. On May 4, 2017 it was revealed that 17 of the 30 NBA teams would have their own NBA 2K League team during the inaugural season in 2018.

NBA 2K Wishlist
An organized list of things players want to see in the NBA 2K series.

An original series produced by 2K Sports that debuted in NBA 2K15, and is available to watch both in-game, and on the official NBA 2K YouTube channel. The show covers NBA 2K gaming, top plays, the NBA, and features interviews with developers, NBA players, and notable people in the NBA 2K community. The original host for 2KTV is Rachel DeMita, but is now hosted by Chris Manning and Alexis Morgan.

NBA All-Defensive Team
An annual MVP honor given to the best defensive players during the regular season.

NBA All-Rookie Team
An annual NBA honor given to the top rookies during the regular season.

NBA All-Star
An individual player named to an NBA All-Star team representing the top performers during the regular season.

NBA All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted every February by the NBA and showcases 24 of the league's star players. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend, a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday.

NBA All-Star Weekend
A weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night.

NBA Coach of the Year (COTY)
An annual NBA award given to the best performing coach of the regular season.

NBA Draft
The NBA draft is an annual event dating back to 1947 in which the teams from the NBA can draft players who are eligible and wish to join the league. These prospects are typically college basketball players, international players, or G League players.

NBA Most Improved Player Award (MIP)
An annual NBA award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season.

NBA Playoffs
The NBA playoffs are an annual best-of-seven elimination tournament held after the NBA's regular season to determine the league's champion.

NBA Rookie of the Year (ROTY)
An annual NBA award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season.

NBA Skills Challenge
The NBA Skills Challenge is an NBA contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. First held in 2003, it is a competition to test ball-handling, passing and shooting ability.

Needle Threader Badge
Increases the likelihood that tough passes can get by the defense. When passing through a tight window between defenders, a boost is given to the player’s passing ability.

An online open-world multiplayer streetball mode in the NBA 2K series.

New Balance
New Balance (NB) is an American sports footwear and apparel brand that was established in 1906. New Balance gear can be found in the NBA 2K series.

New Era
The New Era Cap Company is an American headwear company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. It was founded in 1920. New Era has over 500 different licenses in its portfolio. New Era gear can be found in the NBA 2K series.

Commonly refers to the "next" or newest version of videogame console systems and the videogame software that run on them, which have upgraded hardware and software.

An American multinational corporation, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. Nike gear and endorsements can be found in the NBA 2K series.

Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a video game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide in most regions on March 3, 2017.

Non-Player Character (NPC)
A character in a game that's not controlled by the person playing the game, nor by any sort of AI. They're not usually meant to act like real people.

Noob is a slang term that is used to refer to inexperienced players in a multiplayer gaming environment. Noob is derived from “newbie” and is considered to be a derogatory term.

North Side Knights
An affiliation in The City in the NBA 2K series.

Not In My House
In basketball when a shot is rejected / blocked, a commentator or the player himself may say" not in my house".

Nothing But Net
I basketball the term implies that a player shoots the ball and gets the basketball inside the rim without touching the rim with the ball, hitting nothing but the net of the basketball hoop.

Off The Glass
Off the glass is a basketball term that refers to a situation where the basketball hits the backboard and bounces off.

Off ball means any player not guarding a player with the ball or just a player without the ball.

Off-Ball Movement
Movement by an offensive player in basketball that doesn't have possession of the ball.

Off-Ball Pest Badge
Makes players more difficult to get past when playing off-ball, as they can grab and hold their matchup and don’t get their ankles broken as often.

Offensive Foul
This occurs in basketball when an offensive player commits a foul. When an offensive foul occurs, the defensive team inherits possession of the ball.

Offensive Rebound
In basketball, an Offensive Rebound occurs when an offensive player misses a field goal or free throw attempt and the offense regains possession of the basketball. In the NBA 2K series, the Offensive Rebound attribute affects the ability to grab offensive rebounds. Along with vertical, unlocks rebound content to reach the ball more easily on missed shots. Helps determine ability to box or navigate around box outs.

Old Gym
A location / court in The City where solo players can queue up to be instantly paired with five other randoms in an unranked 3v3 park game.

On ball means any player guarding a player with the ball or a player who is currently handling the ball.

On-Ball Defense
On ball defense means playing defense on the player with possession of the ball.

One Man Fast Break Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that affects how a player excels at taking the ball coast to coast on a fast break, giving a boost to speed as well as other attributes during a fast break.

A term used to describe college basketball players who only play one-year of NCAA basketball before moving onto the NBA.

An abbreviation of "overpowered". In the NBA 2K series, it's usually used to describe an overpowered build, jumpshot, or move.

Out of Bounds
The boundary lines in basketball, made up of the sidelines and baselines. A player is out-of-bounds when he touches the floor or any object on or outside a boundary.

Outlet Pass
A pass made in basketball by the player taking a defensive rebound to a teammate to start a fast break.

Over and Back Violation
A violation that occurs when a player with possession of the ball is past the half-court line and then crosses back over that boundary.

Over the Back Foul
A foul that is usually called when going up for an offensive rebound. It’s when a player reaches over the back of the defender to grab a rebound.

Over the Limit
A phrase used to describe when a team has committed the maximum number of fouls in a quarter.

Over-and-Back Violation
Over and back in basketball is a violation that occurs when a player gains possession of the ball past the half-court line and proceeds to cross back over the boundary.

Overall (OVR)
A numeric value that measures the "overall" rating of a player in the NBA 2K series, factoring in a combination of various attributes and metrics.

PA Announcer
Public Address Announcers make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events.

Pace is the total number of possessions a team uses in a game.

The paint on a basketball court is the rectangular-shaped area underneath the basket that goes from the baseline to the free-throw line and is in between the free-throw lane lines. It is often painted a different color than the rest of the traditional hardwood court which is why it's called “the paint”.

Paint Beast
A Paint Beast is a player who is dominant in the paint in basketball. A Paint Beast is also a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

A carrying / palming violation occurs when you place your hand underneath the basketball during a dribbling motion and when you grip the ball with your dribbling hand to impede the dribbling motion, resulting in a turnover.

Park After Dark
A Park event in the NBA 2K series which features streetball games in a glow in the dark environment.

The deliberate attempt to move a live basketball between two teammates.

Pass Accuracy
Ability to throw the ball on target in all types of passing situations, such as bounce, chest, lob, overhead, flashy and alley-oop passes.

Pass Fake
Refers to when the player with the ball misleads the defensive player into thinking he is going to attempt a shot or a pass.

Passing Lane
An opening between defenders through which the ball can be passed to a teammate.

A patch is a set of changes to a computer program or its supporting data designed to update, fix, or improve it.

An abbreviation for "personal computer".

The player efficiency rating (PER) is John Hollinger's all-in-one basketball rating, which attempts to collect or boil down all of a player's contributions into one number. PER strives to measure a player's per-minute performance, while adjusting for pace.

Perfect Release
In the NBA 2K series, a perfect release refers to a perfectly timed jumpshot which is indicated by a green display on the game's shot meter.

The perimeter is defined as the areas outside the free throw lane and inside the three-point line.

Perimeter Defense
In basketball, refers to an defense by an individual player or entire team that defends the perimeter area of the court. In the NBA 2K series, the Perimter Defense attribute determines the ability for the player to defend the perimeter both on and off the ball, as well as contest shots from outside.

A segment of game time; either quarter, half, or overtime.

Personal Foul
A personal foul is assessed whenever illegal physical contact takes place during a game. This may include charging, blocking, pushing, or holding.

Personal Foul
In basketball, a personal foul is a breach of the rules that concerns illegal personal contact with an opponent. It is the most common type of foul in basketball.

Refers to a group of physical attributes in the NBA 2K series: Speed, Acceleration, Strength, Vertical, and Stamina.

Pick and Pop
The pick and pop is an offensive move in which your screener “pops” over to an open spot on the court instead of towards the basket to receive the ball pass.

Pick and Roll
The pick and roll (also called a ball screen or screen and roll) in basketball is an offensive play in which a player sets a screen (pick) for a teammate handling the ball and then moves toward the basket (rolls) to receive a pass.

Pick Dodger Badge
Improves a player’s ability to navigate through screens effectively on defense.

Pick Pocket Badge
Improves a player’s ability to steal the ball from a ball handler. Increases the chances of a steal and reduces the chances of a foul when attempting to strip the ball from a ball handler. Also improves the chances of successful layup strips.

A pivot is when a player maintains one foot having contact with the ground without changing its position on the floor and utilizes the other foot to rotate their body to improve position while in possession of the basketball. Having established a pivot foot, you may, within defined limits, pivot, shoot, pass or dribble.

Play Now Online
Play Now Online uses current NBA teams to battle online just like the offline Play Now mode. The goal in Play Now Online is to rise through the ten leagues. Within each league, there are three tiers. You’ll need to win a certain number of games in each to advance.

Player Rating
A numeric value metric in the NBA 2K series to measure a player's overall value and accumulation of attributes and skills.

Playmakers make plays for others, generate offense for the team, and control the pace of the game.

Playmaking Badge
A category of badges in the NBA 2K series with the traits of playmaking.

The original PlayStation, released in Japan on December 3, 1994, was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of consoles. It was part of the fifth generation of video game consoles competing against the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64. By December 2003, the PlayStation and PS one had shipped a combined total of 102.49 million units, eventually becoming the first video game console to sell 120 million units.

Playstation 2 (PS2)
Released in 2000, 15 months after the Dreamcast and a year before its other competitors, the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube, the PlayStation 2 is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, and is backwards-compatible with most original PlayStation games. Like its predecessor, it has received a slimmer redesign. The PS2 became the fastest game console to reach 100 million units shipped, accomplishing the feat within 5 years and 9 months from its launch.

Playstation 3 (PS3)
Released on November 11, 2006 in Japan, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a seventh generation game console from Sony. It competes with the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. The PS3 is the first console in the series to introduce the use of motion-sensing technology through its Sixaxis wireless controller. The console also incorporates a Blu-ray Disc player and features high-definition resolution. The PS3 was originally offered with either a 20 GB or 60 GB hard drive, but over the years its capacity increased in increments available up to 500 GB.

Playstation 4 (PS4)
The Playstation 4 (PS4), the eighth-generation system, launched in the fourth quarter of 2013, introduced the x86 architecture to the PlayStation series. Among the new applications and services, Sony introduced the PlayStation App, allowing PS4 owners to turn smartphones and tablets into a second screen to enhance gameplay. By incorporating a share button on the new controller and making it possible to view in-game content being streamed live from friends, Sony planned to place more focus on social gameplay as well. The PlayStation 4 was first released in North America on November 15, 2013.

When the defender strips the ball handler of possession, resulting in a steal.

Pogo Stick Badge
Improves the ability to attempt multiple blocks in succession. Allows players to quickly go back up for another block attempt upon landing.

Point Forward

Point Guard (PG)
The point guard (PG), also called the one or the point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time.

Points in the Paint
Refers to basketball points scored from within the free-throw lane.

Points Per Game (PPG)
PPG (Point Per Game) is a commonly used stat in basketball, showing how good a player is by recording their points per game average over the course of a given season.

Points per Possession (PPP)
A measurement of the number of points generated for each possession of the ball.

A team is in possession when a player is holding, dribbling or passing the ball. Team. possession ends when the defensive team gains possession or the ball hits the rim of the. offensive team.

Post Control
Helps determine success when performing spins, drives, drop steps and other moves from post position. Used along with strength and size to determine the ability to back down a defender.

Post Lockdown Badge
Strengthens a player's ability to effectively defend moves in the post, with an increased chance at stripping the opponent.

Post Playmaker Badge
When passing out of the post or after an offensive rebound, receivers are given a shot boost.

Post Scorer
A back to the basket player who excels at scoring in the post / close to the basket. Post Scorer is also a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

Post Spin Technician Badge
Improves the ability of a post spin or drive to work effectively. Attempting to do post spins or drives result in more effective moves, and less of a chance to be stripped.

Post Up
A play in a position near the basket, along the side of the key.

To make a forceful and overpowering dunk shot over a defensive player in basketball.

Posterizer Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that improves the likelihood of posterizing an opponent.

Power Dribble
A power dribble in basketball is when a player forcefully dribbles the ball and drives to the basket.

Power Forward (PF)
The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is a position in basketball. Power forwards play a role similar to centers. They typically play 'offensively' with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot.

In video games, a pre-order is an order placed for a game has not yet been released.

Pre-Order Bonuses
In videogames, pre-order-bonuses are additional perks for pre-ordering a game. In the NBA 2K series, pre-order bonuses usually include extra in-game digital content such as virtual currency (VC), gear / apparel, MyTEAM points, boosts, and MyTEAM card(s).

A videogame's presentation refers to aesthetic and environment elements such as the visual graphics, audio, game menus, broadcast presentation, and the like.

Short for "pressure", to press in basketball is to apply pressure and aggressiveness to the defense, usually full-court or half-court press.

Princeton Offense
An offensive basketball strategy which emphasizes constant motion, back-door cuts, picks on and off the ball, and disciplined teamwork.

Pro Stick
In the NBA 2K series, the Pro Stick is a controls feature that offers players an alternative way to shoot that isn’t dependent on pressing the shoot button.

Pro Touch Badge
Gives an additional boost for having good layup timing. Gives an extra shot boost for having slightly early, slightly late, or excellent shot timing on layups.

Pulling the Chair
A basketball term for a maneuver when defending the post, where the defender plays post defense with contact, and then when the offensive post player feels comfortable or is leaning, the defender pulls away at the last second. Often this results in the post offensive player losing balance.

A German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures athletic and casual footwear, apparel and accessories. Puma gear is in the NBA 2K series.

Puma Mania
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series with increased rep.

Pump Fake
In basketball, it is also known as a shot fake, and usually involves a jump shot, restrained before the feet leave the ground. The pump fake is a fundamental move in basketball, used to cause defenders to jump or be shifted off-balance.

Pure Shooter
A basketball player who consistently makes jump shots, mostly those from three-point range.

Push the Ball
When the offense dribbles the basketball up the court fast and quickly.

A basket scored immediately after recovering a missed shot.

Putback Boss Badge
Increases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound. Boosts the shot attributes of a player that attempts a putback layup or dunk right after getting an offensive rebound.

Putback Dunk
A putback dunk occurs when a shot is missed and an offensive player rebounds the ball and immediately dunks the ball, all in the same motion.

Putting 'Em On Skates
Like an "ankle breaker", this slang phrase is used when someone dribbles past their defender and makes them fall or slide on the court.

Putting On A Clinic
A slang term in basketball when a player or team is performing exceptionally well vs their opponent, demonstrating how to play basketball like it's a "clinic" on how to play.

A quadruple-double is recorded when a player finishes with 10 or more in four of the five major statistical categories such as points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

In the NBA 2K series, Quests are a series of various activities and challenges throughout The City to complete in order to reap rewards for MyPLAYERS.

Quick Chain Badge
A player with this badge can quickly put together a series of moves while sizing up their opponent.

Quick First Step Badge
Provides more explosive first steps out of triple threat and size-ups. When driving out of triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to quicker and more effective launches.

Rage Quit
Rage Quitting refers to someone getting upset at a game to the point that they quit the game.

Rainbow Shot
A shot in basketball with an arc that is higher than normal on its path to the basket. It gets its name from the path that takes, which resembles the arc of a rainbow.

In videogames, a random is a player that joins online matches solo or not part of a squad.

Reach-In Foul
A reach-in foul in the NBA is when the defensive player "reaches in" and tries to steal the ball away from the offensive player. The foul occurs if a player impedes a ball carrier's personal space while making contact with him reaching for the ball.

Refers to when a player retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw.

Rebound Chaser Badge
Improves a player’s ability to track down rebounds from farther distances than normal.

Rebounds Per Game (RPG)
The average number of rebounds a player obtains on a per game basis. This statistic is calculated by taking a player’s number of rebounds during a certain span of games and dividing it by that number of games.

Reebok is an American fitness footwear and clothing manufacturer. The company was bought by German sporting goods company Adidas in 2005. Reebok gear is in the NBA 2K series.

A rejection in basketball is when a defensive player blocks an offensive player's shot attempt.

Release Date
In gaming, release date is a fixed date on which a game is due to become available for the public to buy.

Restricted Area
A four-foot arc underneath the basket under which players cannot draw charges.

Reverse Layup
A reverse lay-up is where the offensive player drives from one side of the basket, and shoots from the other side of the basket.

Rhythm Shooter Badge
Improves shots taken after breaking down your defender. Increases the chances of a made shot after sizing up your opponent with dribble moves.

A basketball rim is a metal circle which the ball must go through in order for a point to be scored. The net is attached to the bottom of the rim and hangs below and behind the rim is the backboard.

Rim Protector
In basketball, a rim protector is a defender who is known for protecting the paint or protecting the hoop from offensive finishers. Also is a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

Rim Protector Badge
Improves ability to block shots, gives boost to the Takeover meter for blocker/teammates. Improves player’s ability to block shots, unlocks special block animations and gives boost to the Takeover meter for the blocker and blocker’s teammates following a block.

Rim Runner
A player who drives to the paint every single time they get the ball

Rise Up Badge
Makes it easier to dunk when under the basket.

Rival Day
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where affiliations go up against each other to be crowned City champions.

Rivet City Rough Riders
A former affiliation in the NBA 2K series' "MyPARK" mode.

Introduced in NBA 2K18, the name for leveling up MyPLAYER builds to a 99 overall rating in MyCAREER.

Role Player
A player who isn't one of the best players on the team, but still contributes to the team in a meaningful way.

Abbreviation for "rookie".

A member of an athletic team in his or her first full season in that sport.

In NBA 2K21 next-gen, Rookieville is a set of basketball courts in The City where players' MyPLAYER journey begins. Players are required to win a set number of games before they can enter the full City.

A list of players that belong to a particular team.

Defensive rotation is a defensive strategy in basketball where defenders may play help defense and change or switch who they' re guarding, "rotating" to the open man.

Ruffled Ridge Tournament of Champions
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series that includes four-point shots.

Running the Point
This is a term used to describe playing the point guard position. The point guard is considered the leader of the offense, so to run the point means to set up each offensive play.

Salary Cap
In professional sports, a salary cap (or wage cap) is an agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on players' salaries. It exists as a per-player limit or a total limit for the team's roster, or both.

A slang term in basketball for when a player performs exceptionally and the opponent gets "schooled" by them.

NBA scouts are professionals hired by NBA franchises to evaluate player talent or opposing teams' preparation or strategies.

Scouting Report
A Scouting Report in basketball is a way to store relevant information and analysis of a player or team (usually an opponent) such as strengths, weaknesses, stats, tendencies, and patterns in order to strategize versus a team or player or gain more understanding of a player or team.

A screen, also called a "pick" is a legal block set by an offensive player on the side of or behind a defender in order to free a teammate to take a shot or receive a pass.

Screen Cheeser
A guard that relies on dribbling behind a big spamming screens to try to get open shots.

The period beginning on the first day and ending on the last day of regularly scheduled (as opposed to exhibition or playoff) competition between NBA Teams. In the NBA 2K series, "seasons" are time blocks that allow gamers to level up and gain rewards for weeks at a time.

Season Prizes
NBA 2K22 Rep Rewards and progression are now known as “Levels” with “Season Prizes” with XP, but the basic premise is still the same, where MyPLAYERS perform on the virtual court to grind / rep-up with XP to new levels and unlock various rewards / prizes along the way.

Second Chance Points
A second chance point in basketball is when a team scores off a missed basket from their own player.

In the NBA 2K series, "sell" is short for "selling out" and means a player is performing badly or throwing the game, or doing everything possible to secure a loss.

A game server is used by clients or gamers to run multiplayer computer games over the internet.

Set Shoot Badge
Increases shot rating when taking your time before shooting. Gives a shot boost after standing still before taking a jump shot.

Set Shot
The set shot in basketball is when a player is stationary, or set, holds the ball with two hands and shoots it towards the basket without jumping off the ground.

Shammgod Crossover
Named after former NBA player God Shammgod (formerly Shammgod Wells), the Shammgod dribble crossover is a dribbling maneuver in basketball where the ball handler pushes the ball with one hand and then quickly crosses over the other way with their off-hand.

A player skilled in outside shooting. Sharpshooter is also a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

Shoot Hoops
To play basketball, especially casually by simply shooting and not engaging in a game.

Shoot the Lights Out
To have an exceptional shooting performance.

Shooting is the act of attempting to score points by throwing the ball through the basket.

Shooting Badge
A category of badges in the NBA 2K series with the traits of shooting.

Shooting Foul
When a defensive player makes illegal physical contact with the shooter while he is shooting the ball.

Shooting Guard (SG)
The shooting guard (SG), also known as the two, two guard or off guard, is one of the five traditional positions in a regulated basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to score points for their team and steal the ball on defense. Some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well; these players are known colloquially as combo guards.

Shot Clock
In basketball, the shot clock timer starts when the offensive team claims possession of the ball and counts down until that team makes a shot and attempts a field goal. In the NBA, the shot clock is 24 seconds. There is also a 10-second shot clock reserved for free throws.

Shot Clock Violation
If a team fails to attempt a field goal within the time allotted, a shot clock violation shall be called.

Shot Creator
A Shot Creator in basketball is a player who can create their own shot within the offense as a key skill set. Shot Creator is a also a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

Shot Feedback
A feature in the NBA 2K series that gives feedback for jumpshots that are taken. Feedback consists of shot timing: Very Early, Early, Slightly Early, Excellent, Slightly Late, Late or Very Late; it also gives a percentage for how contested or open a shot is.

Shot Meter
Shot Meter is the visual meter in the NBA 2K series that, along with other factors, helps to determine if a shot is made by timing the shot meter with a dynamically resizing make window. This window will expand when you’re taking high-quality shots with good shooters, but will shrink when heavily contested, shooting with a low-rated shooter, or fatigued.

Shot Selection
Shot selection, or also called "Shot IQ", refers to the quality of shots and types of shots an individual player or team takes in basketball.

Shot Timing

Shrink the Floor / Shrink the Court
A defensive strategy in basketball limit the operating area for which the offense has to work.

The sideline(s) in basketball are the boundary lines that run along the sides of the court. A player is out-of-bounds if they touch or cross these lines.

Silver Badge
A tier 3 badge level in the NBA 2K series that affects how much a badge influences things like attributes, unlocked animations, and special abilities for a player.

Skill Boost
In the NBA 2K series, Skill Boosts are boosts that can be bought with VC or earned in other ways that increase various attributes of a player for a set amount of games.

Skip Pass
A skip pass, also called an "overhead pass", is made by throwing an overhead pass (usually with two hands) that goes across the court over the defense.

A very high-arcing hook shot that was popularized by NBA hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Slam Dunk
A simple maneuver in basketball, defined as the delivery of the ball through the rim of the basket, or cylinder, by one hand or by two.

A slasher is a basketball player who primarily drives (slashes) to the basket when on offense. They are typically a guard, but can also be a forward. Slasher is also a player archetype in the NBA 2K series.

Slippery Off-Ball Badge
Strengthens the player’s ability to get open off the ball. When attempting to get open off screens, the player more effectively navigates through traffic.

Slithery Finisher Badge
Improves a player's ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim. Increases a player's ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim.

Small Ball
In basketball, small ball is a style of play that sacrifices height, physical strength and low post offense/defense in favor of a lineup of smaller players for speed, agility and increased scoring (often from the three-point line).

Small Forward (SF)
The small forward, also known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers but taller, larger, and stronger than either of the guard positions. The small forward is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions

A slang term for getting rebounds in the NBA 2K series.

Sniper Badge
Gives boost to well aimed shots. Jump Shots taken with the aiming stick will receive a boost when aimed correctly.

South City Vipers
An affiliation in The City in the NBA 2K series.

Space Creator Badge
Improves a player’s ability to create space from a defender. When performing any stepback move or shot, there’s a higher chance of successfully creating separation from the opponent.

Space the Floor
In basketball, space the floor means to not gather in one area and spread out / space out. Good spacing has many positive benefits for the offense, such as allowing more space for players to drive to the hoop, post up, or be in a ready position to shoot.

Spamming, in the context of video games, refers to the repeated use of the same action or move.

Special Delivery Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that gives boost to passer and receiver’s takeover meter following a flashy pass if the shot goes in. Takeover boost for both the passer and receiver after a flashy assist. Additionally, this badge increases alley-oop throw success and shot chance for receivers after a flashy pass.

Specialist Appreciation
An event in the NBA 2K series where players must have certain badges to earn extra rep.

Affects how fast the player can run or sprint around the court

Speed Boost
A term for NBA 2K to describe using types of dribble moves that give you a “speed boost” / added acceleration out of a dribble move.

Speed with Ball
Affects how fast the player can run or sprint while dribbling the ball.

A made shot where the ball avoids the rim and touches nothing but the net. Creating a "splash" effect.

Square Up
This is a term used in basketball that describes when a shooter has their shoulders and feet facing towards the basket before they attempt a field goal. To square up, means to face the basket.

Stage Player
A 'tryhard' player who wagers VC when they play games, commonly found at the Ante Up location.

Affects how quickly a player loses energy and fatigues while running, sprinting, taking contact and performing various moves on the court.

Standard Edition
The default / regular version of the NBA 2K series videogame.

Standing Dunk
Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop and putback dunk attempts while standing under the basket.

A player who starts the game in the starting lineup, one of the starting 5

Starting Lineup
The five players that begin the basketball game.

A steal in basketball is a turnover that happens when a defensive player takes or intercepts the ball from the offensive player or ball handler. The Steal attribute in the NBA 2K series gives the ability to intercept or deflect passes and steal the ball from opposing ball-handlers in all situations.

Stick Skills
Exhibiting video game skills with the controller while playing a game.

Stop and Go Badge
Improves a player’s ability to start and stop with the ball. Allows for the ball handler to start and stop quickly with unique stops and launches exclusive to this badge.

Stop and Pop Badge
Boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling. Boosts shot rating on stand-still three pointers after dribbling.

Streamer (NBA 2K)
A person who broadcasts themselves online through a live stream or prerecorded video playing or delivering content related to the NBA 2K series.

Street Ball
An informal type of basketball played outside.

Determines who wins a contact battle and helps dictate how successful a player will be when backing down or being backed down in the post, both with and without the ball.

Stretch Five
In basketball, a stretch five (sometimes called a stretch big) is a player at the center position that can generate offense farther from the basket than a conventional center. "Stretch" describes the effect such a player has on the opposition defense ("stretching" the floor), and the center position is also known as the "five"; hence "stretch five". In the NBA 2K series, a Stretch Five is a MyPLAYER archetype at the center position that is proficient at long-range shooting.

Stretch Four
In basketball, a stretch four (sometimes called a stretch big) is a player at the power forward position that can generate offense farther from the basket than a conventional power forward. "Stretch" describes the effect such a player has on the opposition defense ("stretching" the floor), and the power forward position is also known as the "four"; hence "stretch four". In the NBA 2K series, a Stretch Four is a MyPLAYER archetype at the power forward position that is proficient at long-range shooting.

The half of an offensive or defensive alignment that has more players on it than not.

Another word for block.

Stutter Step
An offensive move in basketball in which the player takes small and quick steps on alternating feet as they change pace and direction of movement.

Summer League
The NBA Summer League, also known as the Las Vegas Summer League, is an off-season competition organized by the NBA. NBA teams come together to try out different summer rosters instead of their regular season line-ups, including rookie, sophomore and G League affiliate players.

Sunset Beach Ballers
A former affiliation in the NBA 2K series' "MyPARK" mode.

A high-profile and extremely successful performer or athlete.

A fictional clothing / gear store in the NBA 2K series.

Sweat / Sweaty
A slang and subjective term that refers to players who take the game more serious than the average or casual type of player.

A player capable of playing effectively in two different positions and especially of playing both guard and forward on a basketball team.

A shot that goes through the basket without touching the backboard or rim.

Take it to the Hole
A term used in basketball to describe when the player with the ball dribbles and drives directly towards the basket in an attempt to make a field goal, or score.

Take It to the Rack
In basketball, to drive to the hoop and score.

Team Foul
In basketball, each team's personal foul totals are added into team foul totals. These team fouls bring about penalty situations and free throws if the other team goes over the team foul limit.

Team Ratings
A rating for teams in the NBA 2K series that gives a numeric value for a team's overall, offensive, and defensive rating.

1. A 5v5 online multiplayer mode in the NBA 2K series using real NBA teams and players 2. To squad up with teammates to play online

Teammate Grade
A rating of a MyPLAYER's overall gameplay performance in the NBA 2K series. Positive or negative actions on the court cause it to increase or decrease.

Tear Dropper Badge
Increases the chance of hitting floaters and runners. Improves a player's ability to knock down floaters and runners.

Technical Foul
A penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct or violations by team members on the floor or seated on the bench.

The Bank is Open
Another way to describe when a player scores on a bank shot.

The City
The City is an open world online multiplayer map in MyCAREER mode in the NBA 2K series and 2K's most ambitious execution of a virtual basketball community to date. The City hosts a variety of basketball courts, affiliations, buildings, events, apparel shops, quests, vehicles, and more.

The Factory
A building / location / court in the NBA 2K series' The City mode that allows players to matchmake for 3v3 trampoline games.

The Market
The Market is a new location where solo players can queue up to be instantly paired with a random in an unranked 1v1 park game.

The Old Town Flyers
A former affiliation in the NBA 2K series' "MyPARK" mode.

The Prelude
The name of game demos in the NBA 2K series where users could try out the MyPLAYER Builder and practice the game before the release date.

The Rec
The Rec is mode in the NBA 2K series' Neighborhood and The City that hosts 5v5 online multiplayer games in a gym setting that randoms and squads can join.

The Rock
A slang term for the ball / basketball.

The W
A WNBA female career game mode in the NBA 2K series.

The Warehouse
The Warehouse is a location / building / court in The City in the NBA 2K series that allows players to play 3v3 games versus A.I. controlled NBA players.

Three-Point Play
In basketball, a three-point play is usually achieved by scoring a two-point field goal, being fouled in the act of shooting, and scoring one point on the subsequent free throw.

Three-Point Shot
Determines the ability to make shots of all types from three-point distance.

Ticky Tack Foul
A common ticky tack foul is extremely light contact between two players that does not appear to disrupt the play, yet is still called by the ref.

Tight Handles Badge
Improves a player’s ability to break down their defender. Increases a player’s ball handling ability in size-up situations, making it easier to break down the on-ball defender.

A time-out is a halt in the play usually called by a coach and sometimes a player. This allows the coaches of either team to communicate with the team, strategize, stop the game clock, and more.

A 'tip-in' in basketball is when an offensive player taps the ball into the hoop just as it is rolling off the rim following a missed shot.

The tip-off is a jump ball between a player from each team that occurs in the center circle. Every basketball game is started using a tip-off.

Tireless Defender Badge
Allows defenders to play defense more aggressively without losing energy at the same rate as a normal player.

Abbreviation of "turnover".

Top of the Key
The space that is just in front of the three-point line and just past the free throw line.

Total Rebound Percentage
Percentage of rebounds in a game attributed to a single player.

This term refers to when the lane is filled with multiple defenders, usually two or three.

In basketball, a trailer is an offensive player, usually a center or a power forward, who trails the first wave of players on the fast break.

A basketball trainer’s primary job is to help develop basketball players and bring them to their full potential. A trainer must be a student of the game and work to increase their knowledge of basketball drills, basketball workouts, game situations, etc.

A transition offense in basketball is when the team first regains possession of the ball after being on defense and they then move the ball up-court before either team is able to set up position or plays. It’s called this because the team is transitioning from defense to the offense.

Transition Defense
The process in which a team switches quickly from being on offense and dropping back on defense.

Transition Offense
Transition offense in basketball is when the team first regains possession of the ball after being on defend and they then move the ball up-court before either team is able to set up position or plays.

In basketball, traveling is a violation of the rules that occurs when a player holding the ball moves one or both their feet illegally. Traveling is also called, predominantly in a streetball game, "walking" or "steps". If the pivot foot is lifted, a pass or try for made basket must be made before the pivot foot is replaced to the floor.

Another name for a three-point shot.

Triple Threat Juke Badge
Speeds up triple threat moves when trying to blow by the defender, raising the likelihood of freezing your opponent.

Triple Threat Position
When an offensive player has the ball and hasn’t taken a dribble yet (has a "live dribble"), meaning they are in an advantageous position where they have a "triple threat" option to either shoot, dribble, or pass.

The achievement of a double-digit total in three of five statistical categories (assists, blocks, points, rebounds, and steals) over the course of a single game.

Triple-Double Machine
A player who is known for getting a lot of triple doubles

True Shooting Percentage (TS%)
True shooting percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.

A slang and subjective term that refers to players who take the game more serious or "try too hard" relative to the average player.

In basketball, a turnover occurs when a team loses possession of the ball to the opposing team before a player takes a shot at their team's basket.

Turnover Percentage (TOV%)
The number of possessions that end in a turnover.

Under Armour
Under Armour, Inc. is an American sports equipment company that manufactures footwear, sports and casual apparel. Under Armour gear appears in the NBA 2K series.

A basketball uniform is a type of uniform worn by basketball players. Basketball uniforms consist of a jersey that features the number and last name of the player on the back, as well as shorts and athletic shoes.

Unpluckable Badge
Reduces the chances of getting stripped by the defender. When performing dribble moves, defenders have a tougher time poking the ball free with their steal attempts.

Unstrippable Badge
When attacking the basket and performing a layup or dunk, the chances of being stripped are reduced.

Up and Down
A violation in basketball when the ball handler jumps into the air, but does not get rid of the ball before landing back on the ground.

Up and Under
An up and under move in basketball is used to make a defender jump so the offensive player can go underneath the defender and take an open shot. It consists of a pump fake and then a step through towards the basket.

In the NBA 2K series, an update refers to any downloadable upgrade to the existing game, such as a new patch, roster update, or bug fix.

Usage Rate (USG)
The number of possessions a player has for every 40 minutes of play.

Value Added (VA)
An estimate of how many points in a season a player contributes above a replacement player.

Used as a gate for dunk animations, and in combination with attribute counterparts, allows a player to jump higher on rebounds and blocks.

Virtual Currency (VC)
A digital representation of value only available in electronic form. In the NBA 2K series, VC can be earned by playing the game or bought using real money. VC can be used for various things: upgrading MyPLAYER attributes, buying clothing gear and items, buying MyTEAM packs, and more.

Visual Concepts
Visual Concepts Entertainment is an American video game developer based in Novato, California. Founded in May 1988, the company is best known for developing sports games in the 2K franchise, most recently NBA 2K and WWE 2K, and previously NFL 2K and College Hoops 2K. Visual Concepts was acquired by Sega in May 1999 and sold to Take-Two Interactive in January 2005. The acquisition of the company led Take-Two Interactive to open their 2K label which Visual Concepts became part of, on the day following the acquisition.

Volume Shooter
A term used to describe a player who makes a high number of scoring attempts in a typical game.

Volume Shooter Badge
A badge in the NBA 2K series that boosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game. After a player has taken a small handful of shots, an additional boost to shot attributes is given for every subsequent shot, whether it’s a make or a miss.

An abbreviation for "win".

Wacky Wednesday
A MyCAREER event in the NBA 2K series where players use Wacky Wednesday attire in games.

Walking Bucket
Slang term for a basketball player who is great at scoring the ball.

Weak Side
Refers to the side of the basketball court opposite of wherever the ball is located at any given time.

A basketball stuck between the rim and the backboard.

A body's relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it, the heaviness of a person. A physical measurement in the NBA 2K series.

Western Wildcats
An affiliation in The City in the NBA 2K series.

The arm span, which is distance between the length from one end of an individual's arms (measured at the fingertips) to the other when raised parallel to the ground at shoulder height at a 90º angle.

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the U.S. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997.

Worm Badge
When boxed out, rebounders have more success swimming around and getting into successful rebound position.

WR League
WR League is a multi-platform esport NBA 2K Pro-Am League.

The original Xbox console was released on November 15, 2001, in North America, February 22, 2002, in Japan, and March 14, 2002, in Australia and Europe. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market. As part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, the Xbox competed with Sony's PlayStation 2, Sega's Dreamcast (which stopped American sales before the Xbox went on sale), and Nintendo's GameCube.

Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 was released as the successor of the original Xbox in November 2005, competing with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. The Xbox 360 showed an expanded Xbox Live service (which now included a limited "Free" tier called Silver), the ability to stream multimedia content from PCs, while later updates added the ability to purchase and stream music, television programs, and films through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video services, along with access to third-party content services through third-party media streaming applications. Microsoft also released Kinect, a motion control system for the Xbox 360 which uses an advanced sensor system.

Xbox One
The Xbox One was released on November 22, 2013, in North America, as the successor of the Xbox 360. The Xbox One competes with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles. Announced on May 21, 2013, the Xbox One has an emphasis on internet-based features, including the ability to record and stream gameplay, and the ability to integrate with a set-top box to watch cable or satellite TV through the console with an enhanced guide interface and Kinect-based voice control.

Xbox Series X/S
The fourth generation of Xbox models includes the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S that launched on November 10, 2020. Both are considered members of the ninth generation of video game consoles alongside the PlayStation 5, also released that month. The Xbox Series X is estimated to be four times as powerful as Xbox One X, with support for 8K resolution and up to 120 frames-per-second rendering, with a nominal target of 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

XP refers to a unit of value that can be earned via gameplay performances as a way to level up in different modes in the NBA 2K series.

YouTuber (NBA 2K)
A person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos related to the NBA 2K series on the video-sharing website YouTube.

Zig Zag
In the NBA 2K series, to zig zag means to sharply dribble from left to right over and over.