NBA 2K23 Ultimate Dribbling Guide: How to Dribble, Ball Handling Requirements, Dribble Moves, & More

Here is the the NBA 2K23 Ultimate Dribbling Guide, featuring every dribble move attribute requirement for your MyPLAYER, dribble controls, dribble tips, and more!

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How to Equip Dribbling Moves for MyPLAYER

  • To buy dribble animations, go to the MyCAREER menu > MyPLAYER > Animations > Animations Store > Playmaking Moves
  • To equip dribble animations, go to the MyCAREER menu > MyPLAYER > Animations > Gameplay Animations (next-gen) or My Animations (current/last-gen) > Playmaking Moves > Press A (Xbox) / X (Playstation) to equip a dribbling move.

Dribble Packages & Requirements (All)

DRIBBLE STYLES
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAnyAny5'77'3
BigAnyAny6'107'3
Devin Booker80Any5'76'9
Stephen Curry92Any5'76'4
Joel Embiid65Any5'77'3
James Harden75Any5'76'9
Allen Iverson85Any5'76'4
LeBron James75Any5'76'9
Michael Jordan75Any5'76'9
Zach Lavine75Any5'76'9
Damian Lillard90Any5'76'4
Steve Nash80Any5'76'4
Chris Paul80Any5'76'4
Jerry West65Any5'76'4
Seimone AugustusAnyAny5'76'9
Arike OgunbowaleAnyAny5'76'9
Gabby WilliamsAnyAny5'76'10
SIGNATURE SIZE-UPS
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Rafer AlstonAny805'76'9
Giannis AntetokounmpoAny655'77'3
Carmelo AnthonyAny705'77'3
Lamelo BallAny855'76'9
Desmond BaneAny705'76'9
Devin BookerAny755'76'9
Kobe BryantAny885'76'9
Jimmy ButlerAny705'76'9
J. ColeAny705'77'3
Cade CunninghamAny755'76'9
Stephen CurryAny925'76'4
Demar DerozanAny755'76'9
Kevin DurantAny855'77'3
De'Aaron FoxAny805'76'9
Steve FrancisAny855'76'4
Darius GarlandAny805'76'4
Paul GeorgeAny755'76'9
Penny HardawayAny855'76'9
James HardenAny855'76'9
Jrue HolidayAny755'76'4
Kyrie IrvingAny905'76'4
Lebron JamesAny705'76'9
Jason KiddAny805'76'4
Zach LaVineAny755'76'9
Kawhi LeonardAny655'77'3
Jeremy LinAny705'76'9
Kyle LowryAny705'76'4
Stephon MarburyAny805'76'4
Tracy McGradyAny855'76'9
Ja MorantAny755'76'9
Steve NashAny805'76'4
Chris PaulAny805'76'4
Jordan PooleAny805'76'4
Rajon RondoAny705'77'3
Terry RozierAny805'76'9
D'Angelo RussellAny755'76'9
Ben SimmonsAny655'77'3
Jalen SuggsAny755'76'9
Iaiah ThomasAny855'76'4
Kemba WalkerAny865'76'4
Russell WestbrookAny705'76'9
Jason WilliamsAny855'76'4
Zion WilliamsonAny705'77'3
Trae YoungAny925'76'4
SIZE-UP ESCAPE PACKAGES
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Kobe BryantAny885'77'3
Luka DoncicAny705'77'3
Paul GeorgeAny755'77'3
Kyrie IrvingAny905'76'9
Lebron JamesAny705'77'3
Damian LillardAny905'76'9
John WallAny805'76'9
MOVING CROSSOVERS
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAnyAny5'77'3
LaMelo BallAny805'76'9
Lonzo BallAny805'76'9
Devin BookerAny805'76'9
Kobe BryantAny885'77'3
Steph CurryAny925'76'9
Kevin DurantAny755'77'3
James HardenAny805'76'9
Kyrie IrvingAny905'76'9
Lebron JamesAny705'77'3
Michael JordanAny755'77'3
Zach LaVineAny755'77'3
Damian LillardAny905'76'9
Donovan MitchellAny755'77'3
Jordan PooleAny805'77'3
Jayson TatumAny755'77'3
Russell WestbrookAny805'76'9
Trae YoungAny925'76'9
MOVING BEHIND THE BACK
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Stephen CurryAny925'76'9
James HardenAny805'76'9
Kyrie IrvingAny905'76'9
Allen IversonAny805'76'9
Zach LavineAny755'76'9
Damian LillardAny905'76'9
Ja MorantAny755'76'9
Trae YoungAny925'76'9
MOVING SPINS
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Jimmy ButlerAny755'77'3
Kevin DurantAny755'77'3
Joel EmbiidAny705'77'3
Penny HardawayAny755'77'3
LeBron JamesAny805'77'3
Kawhi LeonardAny755'77'3
Steve NashAny805'76'9
Jayson TatumAny755'77'3
John WallAny805'76'9
Andrew WigginsAny705'77'3
MOVING HESITATIONS
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Luka DoncicAny755'77'3
Kevin DurantAny805'77'3
James HardenAny805'76'9
Kyrie IrvingAny905'76'9
Zach LaVineAny755'77'3
Rajon RondoAny755'77'3
MOVING STEPBACKS
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAny755'77'3
Giannis AntetokounompoAny705'77'3
Vince CarterAny705'77'3
Steph CurryAny925'76'9
Luka DoncicAny805'77'3
James HardenAny805'76'9
Kawhi LeonardAny705'77'3
Chris PaulAny755'76'9
Jayson TatumAny755'77'3
John WallAny805'76'9
TRIPLE THREAT STYLES
ANIMATIONSPEED W/BALLBALL HANDLEMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHT
BasicAnyAny5'77'3
NormalAnyAny5'77'3
ProAnyAny5'77'3
Devin BookerAnyAny5'77'3
Kobe BryantAnyAny5'77'3
Luka DoncicAnyAny5'77'3
Joel EmbiidAnyAny5'77'3
Michael JordanAnyAny5'77'3
Zach LavineAnyAny5'77'3
Zion WilliamsonAnyAny5'77'3

All NBA 2K23 Animation Requirements

NBA 2K23 Dribbling Tips

The goal of dribbling is ultimately to create space for your player and to be able to get to where you want on the court, either for setting up the jumpshot, dribble drive, or creating for your teammates. Here are some dribbling tips below:

  • Equip and practice various dribble packages and combos to get comfortable with the right one.
  • Be aware of Adrenaline Boosts (new to NBA 2K23) and not depleting them. To be effective with dribbling this year, dribbling needs to be more efficient and decisive.
  • Check out NBA 2K23 Best Dribbling Moves
  • Learn all the NBA 2K23 Dribbling Controls
  • Study how the defense is playing and their tendencies (both individually and as a team), then use the most effective move for the right situation. Here are some examples:
    • If a defender is crowding you, create space with the triple-threat step-over and jab-step.
    • If a defender is slow, sprint around or past him
    • Anticipate what the defense will do, e.g. if a defender is going for the steal in the open court, counter with a behind the back move or crossover.
    • Keep the defense off-balance by mixing up dribble moves, change of directions, speed, and passing the ball.

NBA 2K23 Dribbling – New Features & Info

  • A new feature to prevent overdribbling is the concept of Adrenaline Boosts.
  • Boosts are consumed every time a player performs a hard go or explosive sprint launch, and once their three boosts are gone, players will notice their speed and acceleration decrease significantly for the remainder of the possession.
  • The three available boosts per player, per possession, are shown as three small bars under the stamina meter.
  • Adrenaline Boosts are restored on shot clock resets. Your boosts will be refilled completely on either offense or defense with possession changes. Also toying with the idea of slowly replenishing 1 or 2 if you slow down and wait long enough.
  • Energy will deplete much quicker when spamming too many moves together, so it’s important to be efficient and not “play with your food” too long.
  • An empty stamina bar will smack down your ratings. If you still have Adrenaline Boosts available you’ll get your normal explosive launches but they’ll be slower than if your stamina bar was full. Empty Adrenaline Boosts feel way slower than empty stamina though.
  • For Adrenaline Boosts, you won’t lose boosts in the backcourt, which should help PGs beat the press. When you run out of boosts, if you pass and wait off-ball for a few seconds, you’ll get one boost back. regen timer only counts when your energy bar is 50% full or more.

PRO-STICK ENHANCEMENTS & CONTROLS

  • New Gesture Combos have been added to the Pro Stick and give players even more ball handling and shooting options for their offensive arsenal.
  • For dribble moves, you quickly flick RS, let it go back to center and quickly flick again. For shots, you flick RS, let it go back to center, then quickly move and hold it. You can either double throw in the same direction twice, or one way and then the opposite.
  • Switchback gestures will now perform dedicated signature double cross and hesi (hesitation) cross combo moves that you can assign as part of the Moving Crossover signature package—which has grown from 15 options to 28.
  • Learning the speed of your stick throws and the timing of your signature animations is especially important now.
  • You can chain your player’s normal signature size-ups by rocking the Pro Stick back and forth rhythmically. Rapid double throws will give you the aforementioned new combos. And flicking the Pro Stick back and forth repeatedly will give you a whole different set of animations called Signature Combos that look incredible.
  • New “Attacking Size-ups” provide a lot more side-to-side movement and are much better at forcing the defense to drop and shift, allowing you to bait them one way and then attack the other.
  • The core of dribbling is still intact. The new pro stick gestures (double throws) just gave us the ability to add some new combo moves to the game. It will feel familiar to you when transitioning from 22, but will find some new moves to add to your arsenal as you experiment.
  • Ankle Breaker animations are more effective this year

NBA 2K23 Dribbling Controls

ACTIONPS4/PS5XBOX 1/ SERIES X
Signature Size-upQuickly move and release RS in various directions and speeds to perform special signature size-up combo movesQuickly move and release RS in various directions and speeds to perform special signature size-up combo moves
In and OutMove RS up right then quickly release when dribbling with the right handMove RS up right then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
HesitationMove the RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove the RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation EscapeR2+ move & hold RS right when dribbling with right handRT + Move & hold RS right when dribbling with right hand
CrossoverMove RS up then quickly releaseMove RS up then quickly release
Attacking CrossoverR2 + move RS up or up left then quickly release when dribbling with the right handRT + move RS up or up left then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
Between Legs CrossMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Escape CrossoverR2 + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind the BackMove RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind the Back EscapeR2 + move RS down left then quickly release while stand dribbling in right handRT + move RS down left then quickly release while stand dribbling in right hand
StepbackMove RS down then quickly releaseMove RS down then quickly release
Stepback EscapeR2 + move RS down then quickly releaseRT + move RS down then quickly release
SpinRotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right handRotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right hand
Half SpinRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right handRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hard Stop / StutterTap L2 while driving for a quick change of speedTap LT while driving for a quick change of speed
Hold Off DefendersHold L2Hold LT
Triple Threat Side JabMove RS right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Move RS right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Large JabMove RS up right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Move RS up right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Small JabMove RS up right (with left pivot foot established)Move RS up right (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Mid_StepoverMove RS up then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Move RS up then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Full-StepoverMove RS up left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Move RS up left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Back-to-Basket StepoverMove RS left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Move RS left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Pump FakeMove RS down then quickly releaseMove RS down then quickly release
Triple Threat Side HesitationR2 + move RS left or right then quickly releaseRT + move RS left or right then quickly release
Triple Threat Attack HesitationR2 + move RS up left or up right then quickly releaseRT + move RS up left or up right then quickly release
Triple Threat StepbackR2 + move RS down then quickly releaseRT + move RS down then quickly release
Triple Threat Spin-OutRotate RS clockwise then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Rotate RS clockwise then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
Triple Threat Cross Spin-OutRotate RS counter-clockwise then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)Rotate RS counter-clockwise then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)

Hope this NBA 2K23 Dribbling Tutorial helped step up your dribbling and to break some ankles on the court, be sure to check back here for more NBA 2KW gameplay tips!