NBA 2K22 Ultimate Shooting Guide: How to Shoot Better, Shot Stick, Intangibles, More

Want to learn how to get greens and be a lights out shooter in NBA 2K22? Well look no further! We have put together actionable 2K22 shooting tips that you can start using right away, to go from a brick master or average shooter to a walking bucket.

1) Choose the Right MyPLAYER Build

Deciding on the best shooting MyPLAYER build to get greens is the first thing to figure out and will be a big factor in the success rate of getting buckets. Here’s how to narrow it down:

  • Choose a build that has shooting loaded up as the primary skill
  • Choose a build with a substantial amount of Shooting badges, at least 25 shooting badges.
  • Builds should match your playstyle as a shooter. If you’re play style is more of a spot up, catch and shoot, spread the floor type of style, then it’d be more beneficial to go with a more 3PT heavy pure sharpshooter build. If your play style is more of a dual threat as a ball handler and shooter, then having a balanced build of shooting and playmaking would be the best. Shooting Badge setups for builds should also factor in playstyle.

2) Choose the Right Shooting Badges & Maximize Badge Stacking

As we mentioned before, play style may determine which badges to equip. But overall, the shooting badges below are pretty common and can benefit any build. Check out the full list of shooting badges here.

3) Earn & Know Your Hot Spots / Hot Zones

Hot Spots and Cold Spots are sections or ‘spots’ on the court that dynamically change based on how well your player shoots from those spots on the court. Shooting from a Hot Spot increases the percentage of shots going in, and vice versa for Cold Spots.

  • How to check your Hot Spots (2 different ways)
    • Go to MyCAREER Menu > Stats > Roster > Select your player > navigate through the different stats until you find Hot Zones.
  • How to get a Hot Spots (*note: these requirements are from NBA 2K21 & unconfirmed)
    • 60% in Paint area
    • 55% in Close Shot area
    • 50% in Mid-Range area
    • 40% in 3PT area
    • In your last 50 games (MyCAREER, Park, Rec, Pro-AM) with at least 10 shot attempts in each of those areas.
    • Tip: Equip the Hot Zone Hunter Badge to substantially increase make percentages.
  • How to get rid of a Cold Spot:
    • Keep shooting in the various court areas and get the percentages up to reach the Hot Spot criteria mentioned before.
    • Wait 50 games and not shoot at all

4) Find & Equip the Best Jump Shot for your MyPLAYER

  • Find the Best NBA 2K22 Jump Shots
    • If you haven’t found the right shot yet, try experimenting with different shot bases and releases.
  • Use the in-game Jump Shot Creator to create your own shot.
    • The Jump Shot Creator is an in-game tool for creating your own custom jump shot. You can choose from base, release 1 and 2, blending percentage, and release speed.
    • Jumpshot Creator can be found in MyCAREER > Main Menu > MyPLAYER Appearance > My Animations > Jump Shot Creator.

5) Master the Shot Mechanics and Shot Meter

You can use the shot button (x/square) or the right shot stick to shoot in NBA 2K22. New to NBA 2K22 is the revamped Shot Meter, with a dynamically resizing make window. Here is what 2K has to say about shooting in NBA 2K22:

“Shooting has undergone many changes for NBA 2K22. There’s a new shot meter with a . 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. The major emphasis for shooting success this year is Shot IQ. The teams that work for open looks and take smart shots are going to see much more success than the teams that force up bad shots. It sounds elementary, but it’s something we really keyed on this year as taking quality shots was more or less overshadowed by ratings and stick skills. Shot timing still plays a major role in the skill gap (and yes, you still get an additional boost for turning the meter off), but will only take you so far if you’re taking bad shots.”

Here is a graphic, via @Toasted_6, showing the shot meter process in NBA 2K22.

Then again, you can also turn the shot meter off in controller settings, which may be the preferred way, since it will give your player a boost on shots.

6) Practice Practice Practice

We talkin’ about practice! Take advantage of shooting around in the City or the Pro-Am arena to work on new jump shots, work out the kinks in your shot, finding the sweet spot of when to release the ball, etc.

  • A good general rule is to take the shot at the peak of the jump.
  • Work on all types of shots: off the dribble, spot-up catch and shoot, fadeaways, mid-range, 3 PT, in hot spot areas, etc.
  • Practicing will get you fully familiar with every shot type in the game so that you have a number of shot varieties to attack the defense in different situations.
  • Once you feel comfortable with your shot and jump shot mechanics from practicing, take it to an actual game, whether vs the cpu or online multiplayer modes, to see how your shooting and jump shot performs against actual defense.
  • Be sure to factor in input lag and delay while online and how it may affect your jump shot.

7) Get Your Shot IQ Up / Take Good Shots

A money jump shot can be equipped by any player, but instinctively knowing when to shoot is an intangible that players should know for the best shot success. Here are some tips to improve your Shot IQ:

  •  Don’t settle for bad shots. Having patience, while also recognizing opportunity, is key. The shot clock gives you 24 seconds, so utilize it to the fullest. When you take a bad shot – i.e. heavily contested, rushed, forced, etc – it’s basically a free gift to the defense and let’s your opponent off the hook. Always strive to get good looks of the basket where the defender isn’t close enough to heavily contest the shot.
  • Make sure Shot Feedback is on (under Controller Settings)

8) Movement, Positioning, Spacing

Your objectives as a shooter are many, whether the ball is in your hands or if you’re playing off-ball. Spacing the floor, movement and positioning, timing, and chemistry all factor in to getting good looks to maximize shot success.

  • Moving with the Ball as a Shooter:
    • Create space. If you’re a jump shooter with the ball in your hands, the objective is to create space between you and the defender so you can attempt a good shot. How that’s done is by guaging how the defense is playing you and then react accordingly, and by using various moves to get open (see below)
    • Effective Moves and Plays:
      • Triple Threat Jab/Step-over with a live dribble is a great way to create space and keep the defense off-balance.
      • Stepback Jumper, a la James Harden, creates a lot of space off the dribble.
      • Sprinting towards and shooting from the mid-range baseline vs a trailing defender can be a good spot to shoot before help defense can get there.
      • If your player is a decent ball handler, creating space behind a screen/pick from your big is a great way to free up space.
  • Moving without the Ball as a Shooter:
    • Get Open
      • Your job as an off-ball player is to get yourself open, create an open target for the pass, get your teammate(s) open, as well as to create spacing on the floor. You want to give your teammates driving lanes so they can drive and kick, take it all the way to the hoop, etc. It’s not all about you, so pay attention to the position of your teammates. Give them room to operate. Read your teammates and adjust accordingly.
    • Get in Sync with Your Teammates
      • You want to create chemistry with your teammates, especially in online multiplayer modes. This is done by adjusting positioning, movement, and timing to sync up with the potential passers on your team, as well as give them room to operate if they want to iso. Many times, these nuances are the difference between getting open or not, and winning or losing. The best way to get in sync is to make sure to be an open target for the passer, especially if/when help defense rotates over. This improves team chemistry as well as increase the likeliness of taking open shots if the opportunity between pass and catch and shoot is synced up.
    • Space the Floor / Spread Out
      • One of the best off-ball options for a shooter is to spread out and space the floor, spotting up in the corners or 3PT wing areas. This allows space for the ball handler to drive and kick out to the shooter(s) if the defense collapses.
    • Read and react to the defense
      • Spotting up at the 3 is one way to space the floor, but shooters should always be gauging how the defense is playing them and react accordingly, whether it’s a 5-out, 4-1, motion offense, or any other offense.
    • Utilize pump fakes and backdoor cuts if the defender is playing too tight to keep the defense honest.

9) Know all the Shooting Controls

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

Jump ShotPress & hold Square then releasePress & hold X then release
Free ThrowPress & hold square then release(when at the line)Press and hold X then release(when at the line)
LayupMove & hold RS up(when driving)Move & hold RS up(when driving)
Runner / FloaterMove & hold RS down while drivingMove & hold RS down while driving
Reverse LayupMove & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline)Move & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline)
Euro Step LayupDouble tap square while driving & hold LS towards the off handDouble tap X while driving & hold the LS towards the off hand
Cradle LayupDouble tap square when driving & hold LS towards the ball handDouble tap X when driving & hold LS towards the ball hand
Two-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up while driving to basketRT + move & hold RS up while driving to basket
Dominant or Off-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up, left or right in close rangeRT + move & hold RS up, left or right in close range
Flashy DunkR2 + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunkRT + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunk
Pump FakeTap SquareTap X
Hop GatherTap Square while dribbling with L deflectedTap X while dribbling with L deflected
Spin GatherHold R2 + double tap SquareHold RT + double tap X
Half Spin GatherRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right handRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right hand
Step ThroughNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold squareNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold Y
PutbackHold square when attempting an offensive reboundHold X when attempting an offensive rebound

Hope this NBA 2K22 Shooting Tutorial helped you step up your game. Be sure to check back here for more NBA 2KW gameplay tips!

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