NBA 2K23 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 2K23? Well look no further! We have put together actionable 2K23 shooting tips that you can start using right away, to go from a brick master or average shooter to a walking bucket.

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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 main skill
  • Choose a build with a substantial amount of 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 your expected playstyle.

2) Choose the Right Shooting Badges & Badge Stack

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.

New to NBA 2K23 are “Core Badges”, which require challenges to be completed before they can be unlocked. To be a sharpshooter, make sure you “core” shooting badges.

“Badge Stacking” is another method to maximize your shooting abilities by combining multiple badges at once — for example, “Catch and Shoot” badge + “Corner Specialist” badge.

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 Unlock a Hot Zone:

  • 60% in Paint area
  • 55% in Close Shot area
  • 50% in Mid-Range area
  • 40% in 3PT area
  • In your last 25-50 games (MyCAREER, Park, Rec, Pro-AM) with at least 10 shot attempts in each of those areas.

How to get rid of a Cold Zone:

  • Keep shooting in the various court areas and get the percentages up to reach the Hot Spot criteria mentioned before.
  • Wait 25-50 games and don’t shoot at all in that zone

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

  • Find the Best NBA 2K23 Jump Shots
    • If you haven’t found the right shot yet, try experimenting with different shot bases and releases.
    • Shot Attributes are new to NBA 2K23, which introduce four unique categories that are factored into a jumpshot:
      • Shot Speed – How quickly the shot gets to its ideal release point
      • Release Height – How high the shot is released
      • Defensive Immunity – How effective the shot is against defensive contests
      • Timing Impact – Adjusts shot windows to reward good timing at the cost of an increased penalty for bad timing

  • 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 > Animations > Jump Shot Creator.

5) Learn the Shooting Animation Requirements

JUMPSHOTMIN HEIGHTMAX HEIGHTMID OR 3PTRELEASE HEIGHTRELEASE SPEEDDEF. IMMUNITYTIMING IMPACT
LaMarcus Aldridge6'107'386C+A-AA+
Ray Allen6'56'988ACA+A+
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar6'107'356D+D+D+D-
Precious Achiuwa6'57'372CDB-A-
Steven Adams6'107'341C+D-FF
Bam Adebayo6'47'370A+DB-C-
Ochai Agbaji6'56'975A-DB+B+
Santi Aldama6'107'366CFBB
Nickeil Alexander-Walker5'76'963C+B-C-D-
Grayson Allen5'76'478DBB+B+
Jarrett Allen6'107'371A+D+BC-
Kyle Anderson6'56'960C-FC-A-
Giannis Antetokounumpo6'107'377CCB+B+
Thanasis Antetokounmpo6'57'363BDB-D
Cole Anthony5'76'474D+B+BC+
OG Anunoby6'56'979C-B+B+B
Ryan Arcidiacono5'76'477B-A-B+C
Trevor Ariza6'56'981CB-A-A
DJ Augustin5'76'479B-DAA+
Deni Avdija6'56'975DC+B+B+
Deandre Ayton6'107'380A-C+B+A-
Udoka Azubuike6'107'335C-FFF
Marvin Bagley III6'107'366CBC-D+
Patrick Baldwin Jr.6'56'972B-CBC
LaMelo Ball5'76'980BA+B+C
Lonzo Ball5'76'977C-C+B+B+
Mohamed Bamba6'107'375D+C+BB+
Paolo Banchero6'107'376D+B-BB+
Desmond Bane6'56'979C+DAA+
Dalano Banton5'76'972B+B+B-D+
Harrison Barnes6'56'983CAA-A-
Scottie Barnes6'56'976CC+BB+
Dick Barnett5'76'477D+D-A+A+
RJ Barrett6'56'977C+C+B+B
Will Barton6'56'975C+C-A-B-
Charles Bassey6'57'355BC+D-D-
Keita Batesdiop6'56'970A+C-BD+
Nicolas Batum6'56'977D+C-A-A
Kent Bazemore5'76'467CB+C+D-
Darius Bazley6'56'972DCBB+
Bradley Beal5'76'481BCAA-
Malik Beasley5'76'474BC-A-C+
MarJon Beauchamp6'56'975CCBB+
DeAndre' Bembry6'56'974C-D-AA
Davis Bertans6'107'373C+CB+C+
Patrick Beverly5'76'452B-C-D-D-
Saddiq Bey6'56'981D+ABA
Chauncey Billups5'76'483B-C-A+A+
Khem Birch6'57'360C-CC+D-
Larry Bird6'57'387BD+A+A+
Goga Bitadze6'107'367CCCC-
Bismack Biyombo6'57'347B+CFF
Nemanja Bjelica6'57'381D+AA-A-
Eric Bledsoe5'76'471B+D-B+B-
Bogdan Bogdanovic6'56'984C+B+AA
Bojan Bogdanovic6'56'978C-C+B+A-
Bol Bol6'107'377C+CA-B+
Leandro Bolmaro6'56'972B+BC+C-
Isaac Bonga6'56'970C-BB-C-
Devin Booker6'76'986C+BA+A+
Chris Bosh6'07'384AC+A+A-
Chris Boucher6'57'364ADC+D
James Bouknight5'76'474C-D+B+B+
Avery Bradley5'76'481D-AAB+
Tony Bradley6'107'347B-C+FF
Malaki Branham6'56'980D-A-A-A-
Christian Braun6'56'978CC-A-A
Ignas Brazdeikis6'56'971A+C-B+D
Mikal Bridges6'56'976CC+B+B
Miles Bridegs6'56'976DC+B+A
Oshae Brissett6'57'371A-B+B-D
Malcolm Brogdon5'76'974AD+AC
Dillon Brooks6'56'979C-A-BB+
Bruce Brown5'76'481B-BB+A-
Charles Brown Jr.6'56'980C+A-B+B
Greg Brown6'56'963A+D-C+D
Jaylen Brown6'56'981AD+AA
Sterling Brown6'56'971B-B-B-C-
Troy Brown Jr.6'56'974ADBB
Jalen Brunson5'76'485C+AAB+
Thomas Bryant6'107'370C+D-B+B
Kobe Bryant6'56'988AB+A+A
Reggie Bullock6'56'985C+A-AA-
Trey Burke5'76'469A-DA-D+
Alec Burks6'56'977B-CA-B-
Jared Butler5'76'472A-C+C+C
Jimmy Butler6'56'976AC-A-C+
Devontae Cacok6'57'346A+D+FF
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope6'56'984AB-AA-
Facundo Campazzo5'76'474DBBB
Vlatko Cancar6'56'970BDB+C
Clint Capela6'107'347B+CFF
Vernon Carey Jr.6'57'370B-C-CB
Jevon Carter5'76'478C+C-AB+
Wendell Carter Jr.6'107'381C-CAA+
Vince Carter6'56'987B-B-A+A+
Alex Caruso5'76'973C+C-B-B+
Chris Chiozza5'76'473A+D-BB
Marquese Chriss6'57'377C-B+B-B+
Josh Christopher5'76'475B-CB-B-
Gary Clark6'56'979A-C-A-B+
Brandon Clarke6'57'362BA-C-F
Jordan Clarkson5'76'478C+BB+B
Nicolas Claxton6'107'362A+DC-D-
Amir Coffey6'56'977CB-B+B-
John Collins6'57'378B+D+B+A
Zach Collins6'107'365C-CC-C
Darren Collison5'76'480B-D+A+A
Mike Conley5'76'475DD+A-A
Pat Connaughton6'56'972A+C-B+D+
Tyler Cook6'57'348C+BFF
DeMarcus Cousins6'107'377D+CAA-
Robert Covington6'57'375BC+BC+
Torrey Craig6'56'970BC-C+C+
Jae Crowder6'56'979C+C-AA-
Jarrett Culver6'56'970A+C+B-D
Cade Cunningham6'56'977BD+AB+
Seth Curry5'76'485AC-A+A+
Steph Curry5'76'491AA-A+A
Dyson Daniels6'56'971C+A-B-D
Anthony Davis6'107'367A+D+B+D-
Ed Davis6'57'347CC+FF
Johnny Davis5'76'474A-D-AB
Terence Davis5'76'476CB-B+B-
Dewayne Dedmon6'107'367C+C+B-D
DeMar DeRozan6'56'983A+B-AB
Hamidou Diallo6'56'973CD+B-A-
Gorgui Dieng6'107'370C+D-B+B
Osumane Dieng6'57'373B+D+B-B
Spencer Dinwiddie5'76'976C-B-B+B
Donte Divencenzo5'76'574D+BB-B
Luka Doncic5'76'983C-CA+A+
Lugentz Dort5'76'469A+C+B-D
Ayo Dosunmu5'76'483C-BAA
Goran Dragic5'76'476A+BB-C-
Clyde Drexler6'56'983AC+AA-
Andre Drummond6'107'344B-D+FF
Chris Duarte6'56'977C-C-AA-
Kevin Duckworth6'107'367C+D-B-B-
Tim Duncan6'107'382B-CA-A+
Kevin Durant6'57'385AD+A+A
Jalen Duren6'107'342B-DFF
Tari Eason6'56'977DA+B-B-
Anthony Edwards5'76'479B+C-A-B+
Carsen Edwdards5'76'477C+C+A-B
CJ Elleby6'56'973C+C+BC+
Wayne Ellington5'76'482BA-B+B+
Joel Embiid6'107'380DCAA+
Drew Eubanks6'57'359A+C+DD-
Patrick Ewing6'57'349C+C-D-F
Derrick Favors6'57'375CCB+B
Bruno Fernando6'57'349C+C-D-F
Dorian Finney-Smith6'56'976DC+A-B+
Derek Fisher5'76'482A+C-A+A-
Malachi Flynn5'76'477A-CA-C+
Bryn Forbes5'76'480CB-AA-
Evan Fournier6'56'980B+CA-A-
De'Aaron Fox5'76'483C-A+A-B+
Steve Francis5'76'478B+D+AA-
Tim Frazier5'76'472B-C-B-C+
Markelle Fultz5'76'472A-C+B+D+
Wenyen Gabriel6'56'967CC+CC
Daniel Gafford6'57'338D-DFF
Danilo Gallinari6'107'377D+D+AA
Pau Gasol6'107'364B-DC+C-
Darius Garland5'76'485D-A+A+A
Kevin Garnett6'107'379ADAA-
Usman Garuba6'57'360CD+C+D-
Rudy Gay6'56'976AB-BC
Paul George6'56'980C-CAA
Taj Gibson6'57'376A+D-B+B
Josh Giddey6'56'977D-A-B+B+
Harry Giles6'107'346D+CD-F
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander5'76'982B+B+B+B+
Rudy Gobert6'107'343C+D+FF
Brandon Goodwin5'76'472A+DBC
Aaron Gordon6'57'373B-DB+B+
Eric Gordon5'76'476D-C+AB+
Devonte' Graham5'76'471B+CB+D+
Jarami Grant6'56'975A-DAB
Danny Green6'56'979D+C+A+B+
Draymond Green6'57'366B-D-C+C
Jalen Green5'76'478B-CB+A-
JaMychal Green6'57'367A+DB-D+
Javonte Green6'56'973C-C-A-B-
Jeff Green6'56'964C+C-D+C+
Josh Green6'56'975B-C-B+B-
A.J. Griffin6'56'979CBBA-
Blake Griffin6'57'377C+DAA
Quentin Grimes5'76'475BD-AB+
Kyle Guy5'76'481C+B-A+B+
Rui Hachimura6'56'977B+CB+B-
Tyrese Haliburton5'76'982D-CA+A+
RJ Hampton5'76'480B+C+A-B+
Penny Hardaway5'76'983CC+A+A+
Tim Hardaway Jr.6'56'977C+D+AB+
James Harden5'76'984C+A+A-A-
Maurice Harkless6'56'968C-DB-C+
Montrezl Harrell6'57'362A-A-C-F
Gary Harris5'76'474C-D+B+A-
Joe Harris6'56'981B+CA+B+
Tobias Harris6'56'983BAA-B
Josh Hart6'56'974C+D+A-B
Isaiah Hartenstein6'107'368CFB+B+
Udonis Haslem6'57'348A-C-FF
Jaxson Hayes6'107'371C-DB-A-
Killian Hayes5'76'968B+D+B-C-
Gordon Hayward6'56'985A-B-A+A-
Juan Hernangomez6'56'971A+DBC-
Willy Hernangomez6'107'368D+DC+B
Tyler Herro5'76'981C+C+AA-
Buddy Hield5'76'483D+A-A-A
Haywood Highsmith5'76'471A+DB-C
George Hill5'76'476D+C+B+B+
Aaron Holiday5'76'479D-BA-A
Jrue Holiday5'76'483D-A-A+A+
Justin Holiday6'56'977B-D+AB
Richaun Holmes6'107'374D-C+A-A-
Chet Holmgren6'107'373D+C-BA-
Rodney Hood6'56'976A+DB+B
Al Horford6'57'381CCAA+
Talen Horton-Tucker5'76'473CB-BC+
Danuel House6'107'368C-D+BC+
Dwight Howard6'107'368C-D+BC+
Kevin Huerter6'56'983D+B+AA+
Elijah Hughes6'56'976BCBB-
De'Andre Hunter6'56'976B-DB+A-
Nahshon Hyland5'76'481C+BA-B+
Serge Ibaka6'107'377B-C+B+B
Andre Iguodala6'56'964A+D+C-D
Joe Ingles6'56'974DD+B+A
Brandon Ingram6'56'981B+C-A+A-
Kyrie Irving5'76'484B-CA+A+
Jonathan Isaac6'107'372AC-A-D+
Allen Iverson5'76'484ACA+A-
Jaden Ivey5'76'476D+B-BB+
Frank Jackson5'76'480CB+A-B+
Isaiah Jackson6'107'364B-D-D+B+
Jaren Jackson Jr.6'107'378C-D+AA
Josh Jackson6'56'968B-C-BD+
Reggie Jackson5'76'476CBB-B
LeBron James6'56'978C-C+AB+
Ty Jerome5'76'974AD+AC
Isaiah Joe5'76'478AB-BB
Alize Johnson6'57'371C-C-BB-
Cameron Johnson6'56'972A+C+BD
Jalen Johnson6'56'972C+DB+B
James Johnson6'57'371ACB-C-
Keldon Johnson6'56'978DCAA
Keon Johnson5'76'473C+C-B-B
Magic Johnson6'56'982B-D+A+A
Stanley Johnson6'57'377D+B-B+B+
Tyler Johnson5'76'481D+A-A-A-
Nikola Jokic6'107'382BDAA+
Damian Jones6'107'372C+D-A-B
Derrick Jones Jr.6'56'973B+B+B-D+
Herbert Jones6'56'976CC+BB+
Kai Jones6'107'370C-DB-B+
Tre Jones5'76'473B+CB-C
Tyus Jones5'76'480B-C-AA-
DeAndre Jordan6'107'342B-DFF
Michael Jordan6'56'987AD+A+A+
Cory Joseph5'76'474C+DB+A-
Nikola Jovic6'57'373CCB-B-
Frank Kaminksy III6'107'373DCBB+
Luke Kennard6'56'983B+A-B+B+
Steve Kerr5'76'487A-A+BA
Walker Kessler6'107'367BD+C+C
Jason Kidd5'76'484B-B+A-A
Corey Kispert6'56'977B-CA-B-
Maxi Kleber6'107'375D+B-B-B+
Nathan Knight6'107'368CC+D+B
Kevin Knox6'56'959C+C+CF
John Konchar6'56'980C+B-A-A-
Furkan Korkmaz6'56'974C+C+C+B
Luke Kornet6'107'363CFB-C+
Kyle Korver6'56'989C+A+A+A
Toni Kukoc6'57'384B-BAA
Jonathan Kuminga6'56'974B+D+BB
Kyle Kuzma6'56'977C+A+BC
Bill Laimbeer6'107'380D-C-A+A+
Jeremy Lamb6'56'972AD-A-B-
Romeo Langford6'56'974AB-BC-
Jake LaRavia6'56'974A-D+A-C
Zach LaVine5'76'981C+C+A-A
Jake Layman6'56'972A+D-B+C+
Damion Lee5'76'973C-C+BB-
Saben Lee5'76'464BCC+D-
Alex Len6'107'370DBC-B
Kawhi Leonard6'56'985B-B-AA+
Caris LeVert6'56'975A+C+B+D+
Kira Lewis Jr.5'76'460A-D-B-D-
Rashard Lewis6'107'383C+DA+A+
Damian Lillard5'76'485C-B+A+A+
Nassir Little6'56'978C+C+A-B+
Isaiah Livers6'56'977BC-A-B+
Kevon Looney6'57'356D+DDD+
Brook Lopez6'107'376C+D-B+A+
Robin Lopez6'107'374C+D+B+B+
Kevin Love6'57'379C-C+A-A
Kyle Lowry5'76'480C+BAB-
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot6'56'970B-C+BD+
Trey Lyles6'57'375CCBB+
Theo Maledon5'76'473A-C-BC+
Karl Malone6'57'383CCA+A+
Terrance Mann5'76'978A-A+BC-
Tre Mann5'76'476D+C-B+A
Shawn Marion6'56'983FA+A+A
Boban Marjanovic6'107'366C-DC-B+
Lauri Markkanen6'57'380D+B-AA
Naji Marshall6'56'958CC-D+D
Caleb Martin6'56'978B-DA+A-
Cody Martin6'56'973D+B-BB-
Kelan Martin6'56'981C+A-A-B
Kenyon Martin Jr.6'57'376DBB+B
Kevin Martin6'56'985CB-A+A+
Garrison Mathews6'56'979B+C+AC+
Bennedict Mathurin6'56'979A+B+B+C-
Wesley Mathews5'76'476D+A-B-B-
Tyrese Maxey5'76'480A-C-AA-
Skylar Mays5'76'476B-DA-A
Miles McBride5'76'473B+DBB
CJ McCollum5'76'485C-B+AA+
TJ McConnell5'76'478B-B+BB-
Jaden McDaniels6'56'974B+DA-B-
Jalen McDaniels6'56'970AC-B+D
Doug McDermott6'56'979A+D+A-B+
JaVale McGee6'107'354BCD-F
Tracy McGrady6'56'1086A+C-A+A
Rodney McGruder5'76'473C+D-AA-
Jordan McLaughlin5'76'472AC-BC-
Ben McLemore5'76'478BC-A+B
De'Anthony Melton5'76'470A-CB-D+
Chimezie Metu6'57'374CCBB
Khris Middleton6'56'979D+C-AA+
Patrick Mills5'76'478A-C-B+B+
Paul Millsap6'57'378ACB-B+
Shake Milton5'76'976C-BB-B
Davion Mitchell5'76'476C-BB+B
Donovan Mitchell5'76'484BBAA-
Evan Mobley6'107'371B-D-BB+
Malik Monk5'76'478C-BB+B+
Moses Moody6'56'978C+C+A-B
Wendell Moore Jr.6'56'975BB+BC-
Ja Morant5'76'482C-AAB+
Marcus Morris Sr.6'57'379CDA+A
Markieff Morris6'57'382B+B-A-B+
Monte Morris5'76'481CD+A+A
Mychal Mulder5'76'473C+A-BD+
Chris Mullin6'56'989B+C+A+A+
Trey Murphy6'56'979DA-B+B+
Dejounte Murray5'76'481B+C+A-A-
Jamal Murray5'76'476B-D-A+B+
Keegan Murray6'56'973CDA-B+
Mike Muscala6'107'375CFA+A+
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk6'56'973C-DA-A-
Larry Nance Jr.6'56'979C-BB+B+
Steve Nash5'76'485BC-A+A+
Aaron Nesmith6'56'968B+B-C+D
Raul Neto5'76'474CFA+A+
Georges Niang6'56'979D+B+A-B+
Zeke Nnaji6'57'375AD-AB
Nerlens Noel6'107'343B+DFF
Jaylen Nowell5'76'475C+DAB+
Dirk Nowitzki6'107'386BDA+A+
Frank Ntilikina5'76'478CDA-A+
Kendrick Nunn5'76'486C-A+AB+
Jusuf Nurkic6'107'370CC-CB+
David Nwaba6'56'972A+C+B-D+
Jordan Dwora6'56'968A-CB-D
Charles Oakley6'57'373CFA+A+
Semi Ojeleye6'56'978C-B+BB
Chuma Okeke6'56'975A+C+C+C
Josh Okogie5'76'469B-DBC
Onyeka Okongwu6'57'357D+CD-D+
Isaac Okoro6'56'968A-CB-D
Victor Oladipo5'76'476D+C+A-B+
Kelly Olynyk6'107'376DB-BB+
Shaquille O'Neal6'107'338C+FFF
Royce O'Neale6'56'976C-B-BB
Cedi Osman6'56'979AA-BC
Kelly Oubre Jr.6'56'979B-B-B+B+
Eric Paschall6'57'380BC-A+B
Chris Paul5'76'482AC-AA-
Cameron Payne5'76'477A+D-A+A-
Elfrid Payton5'76'473C-C+BB-
Gary Payton II5'76'475CCBB+
Sam Perkins6'57'378CC-AA-
Paul Pierce6'56'983B-DA+A+
Scottie Pippen6'56'985A+B+AB
Theo Pinson6'56'969CC+C+C
Mason Plumlee6'107'353BC-D-D-
Jakob Poeltl6'107'361D+D+D+C
Aleksej Pokusevski6'107'373CBB-C
Jordan Poole5'76'480DB-AA
Kevin Porter Jr.5'76'476B-AB+C-
Michael Porter Jr.6'57'378A+DAB+
Otto Porter6'56'982CB-A-A
Bobby Portis Jr.6'107'381ACA-A-
Kristaps Porzingis6'107'375C+CB+B
Dwight Powell6'107'373BA-B-D+
Norman Powell5'76'479AD-A+A-
Jason Preston5'76'471A-DBC+
Joshua Primo5'76'476B+A-BC-
Taurean Prince6'56'978A+BB+C
Payton Pritchard5'76'478B+DAA
Neemias Queta6'107'348B-D-DD-
Immanuel Quickley5'76'476C-ABC
Jahmi'us Ramsey5'76'473B-C-BC+
Julius Randle6'57'375C+C+B-B+
Zach Randolph6'57'379B-DAA
Austin Reaves6'56'977DB+B+B+
JJ Reddick5'76'486A+C-A+A
Cameron Reddish6'56'965A-C-B-D-
Davon Reed6'56'977DDA+A+
Paul Reed6'57'370C+C-C+C+
Naz Reid6'57'372A+C-BC-
Nick Richards6'107'342CDFF
Josh Richardson6'56'981C+B-A-A-
Austin Rivers5'76'467CC-A-D
Oscar Robertson5'76'988B+B-A+A+
Duncan Robinson6'56'982C+B+A-A-
Mitchell Robinson6'107'347BCFF
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David Roddy6'56'974C+BB+C
Rajon Rondo5'76'478D+BB+B+
Derrick Rose5'76'477BBBC+
Terrence Ross6'56'975B-CB+B-
Terry Rozier III5'76'482AC+AB+
Ricky Rubio5'76'470CCB-C
D'Angelo Russell5'76'477B-D+A-A-
Domantas Sabonis6'107'375DB+B-B
Luka Samanic6'107'369D-DBB+
Dario Saric6'107'372A+D+B-C
Tomas Satoransky5'76'981B+A-B+B
Admiral Schofield6'56'974C-C-A-B+
Dennis Schroder5'76'474C+D-B+A
Jay Scrubb6'56'970B+CB-D+
Alperen Sengun6'107'353CC+D-D-
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Landry Shemet5'76'478A-C+B+B-
Day'Ron Sharpe6'57'344D+C+FF
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Pascal Siakam6'57'378D+B-B+A-
Ben SImmons6'57'345ADFF
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Anfernee Simons5'76'483BC+A-A+
Marcus Smart5'76'474A-C+BC
Dennis Smith Jr.5'76'472B+C-B+C
Ish Smith5'76'483ACAA-
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Jabari Smith6'107'381C+A-B+B+
Jalen Smith6'107'375BDA-A-
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Jeremy Sochan6'56'970A+DB-C
Jaden Springer5'76'479A-B+B-B-
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Isaiah Stewart6'57'379CB-BA
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JT Thor6'56'967AA-CD-
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6) Master the Shot Mechanics, Shot Meter, & Shot Timing

Shot Meter

You can use the shot button (x/square) or the right shot stick to shoot in NBA 2K23. It’s preferable to turn the shot meter to ‘off’ under controller settings, since it will give your player a boost on shots. If you do use the shot meter, release the ball at the apex of your jumpshot, looking for visual cues to go by, while also paying attention to the shot meter so that you can consistently time the shot.

Shot Timing Release Time

New to NBA 2K23 shooting is the “Shot Timing Release Time” feature under “controller settings“. This let’s you change the timing of when the jumpshot releases and can be changed to very early, early, late, or very late. The setting you choose is highly dependent on what jumpshot you go with and what you’re comfortable with using. Experiment with various timings and jumpshots to see which one works best for you.

7) Practice Practice Practice

We talkin’ about practice! Take advantage of shooting around in the City / Neighborhood, the Gatorade Gym, or an empty Pro-Am arena to work on new jump shots, work out the kinks in your shot, find 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.

8) 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 force 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)
  • Adrenaline Boosts and stamina matter more than ever in NBA 2K23. Some shots may fall while your MyPLAYER is fresh, while other may brick when stamina is depleted. Factor this into your shooting as well.
  • Be aware of hot and cold streaks with your MyPLAYER, as this factors into shooting success as well.

9) 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.

10) Know all the Shooting Controls

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

ACTIONPS4/PS5XBOX 1/SERIES X
Jump ShotPress & hold Square then releasePress & hold X then release
Free ThrowPress & hold Square then release Press and hold X then release
LayupMove & hold RS up (when driving)Move & hold RS up (when driving)
Runner / FloaterMove & hold RS down while driving in close rangeMove & hold RS down while driving in close range
Reverse LayupMove & hold the RS right (while driving along the right baseline)Move & hold the RS right (while driving along the right 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 toward the ball hand
Hop Step LayupTap Square while drivingTap X while driving
Two-Hand DunkR2 + Move & hold RS up while driving in close rangeR2 + Move & hold RS up while driving in close range
Dominant or Off-Hand DunkR2 + Move & hold RS up, left or right in close range. The RS direction determines the dunking handRT + Move & hold RS up, left or right in close range. The RS direction determines the dunking hand
Normal Skill DunkR2 + Move RS up then quickly release and move and hold RS down. Release RS to neutral to time the dunkRT + Move RS up then quickly release and move and hold RS down. Release RS to neutral to time the dunk
Rim Hang DunkR2 + Move & hold RS down while driving. Keep R2 held to continue hanging, use LS to control swing, and move RS up to pull up on the rimRT + Move & hold RS down while driving. Keep RT held to continue hanging, use LS to control swing, and move RS up to pull up on the rim
Rim Hang Skill DunkR2 + Move RS down then quickly release and move and hold RS down again. Release RS to neutral to time the dunk. Keep R2 held to continue hanging and use LS to control swingRT + Move RS down then quickly release and move and hold RS down again. Release RS to neutral to time the dunk. Keep RT held to continue hanging and use LS to control swing
One-Hand Flashy DunkR2 + Move RS down then quickly move and hold RS upRT + Move RS down then quickly move and hold RS up
Two-Hand Flashy DunkR2 + Move RS up then quickly release and move and hold RS up againRT + Move RS up then quickly release and move and hold RS up again
Pump FakeTap SquareTap X
Hop / Stepback GatherTap Square with LS deflected left or rightTap X with LS deflected left or right
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 ThroughAt close range, pump fake, then press and hold SquareAt close range, pump fake, then press and hold X
PutbackPress Square when attempting an offensive reboundPress X when attempting an offensive rebound
Bank ShotMove and hold RS up and releaseMove and hold RS up and release

Hope this NBA 2K23 Shooting Tutorial helped you step up your game. Be sure to check back here for more NBA 2KW gameplay tips!

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