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How to Unlock Badges in NBA 2K23

Badges are a vital part of progression in MyCareer!
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When you go to create a superstar build in NBA 2K23 MyCareer, one of the most important aspects to consider is player badges. Not only do most player builds revolve around these badges, but they also help to provide certain advantages in the game as well.

However, they also take several hours to grind towards, so, this guide will explore everything you need to know about how to unlock badges in NBA 2K23.

How to Unlock Badges in NBA 2K23

In NBA 2K23, there are four different types of badges; playmaking, finishing, shooting, and defense/rebounding. Each with its own “leveling meter”, which will help you determine what actions need to be taken in order to level up in that category.

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While there are various ways you can unlock badges, like experimenting with different difficulties, minutes, or training sessions. These are the two best things you can do to unlock badges fast in NBA 2K23.

1) Play in MyCareer Games

Every positive possession you have in a MyCareer game will reward you with points at the end. Which will then be categorized for each specific type of badge. Meaning that if you hit open shots and maintain a strong shooting percentage, you’ll earn points towards your shooting badge. If you play sound defense and rack up a lot of steals or blocks, then you’ll receive points towards defense/rebounding badges.

Unfortunately, difficulties don’t affect your badge earnings in MyCareer games. Also, the majority of your badge earnings for each game will be allocated towards whatever your player’s strength is. So, if they’re good at rebounding the ball and playing defense, then you will receive more badge points for defense/rebounding. Although, if you’re more of a shooter, then this is where you’ll receive most of your badge points.

Even though you’re more likely to earn a higher amount of badge points in each game since each five-minute quarter can take around 15-20 minutes to complete. You won’t have as much control compared to our second method when it comes to how you want to divide up your badge points.

2) Complete Team Practices

Unless your team has back-to-back games, you will have practices after each game in MyCareer. Each practice gives you a total of four drill actions, and you will be rated from one to three stars depending on how you perform in the drill. Each star rating is associated with points you can then use to level up your badge.

On the Easy difficulty, one-star drills will earn you 50 points, two-star drills will earn you 350 and three-star drills will earn you 650. However, on Hard, you will earn 100 points in one-star drills, 450 in two-star, and 750 in three-stars. This means that if you three-star each of the four drills, you could earn up to 3,000 badge points per practice.

The trainer can also randomly call up the whole team to set up their own drills for free. Which will earn you even more badge points depending on which category the drill falls under. Trainers can also call a scrimmage where the whole team will compete in full-length five-on-five practice for a single quarter. Each of these random drills will have a badge leveling bonus as well, which gives you a double multiplier on leveling your badges for every drill.

Drills in team practices typically take less than two minutes to complete, while the scrimmages can last up to five or six minutes. This means that you can earn up to 6,000 badge points in less than 15 minutes of playtime.

That’s everything you need to know about how to unlock badges in NBA 2K23. If you’re interested in more NBA 2K23 content, be sure to check out our guides section here at Gamer Journalist. Where you can find loads of helpful information such as how to download a draft class or how to get traded in NBA 2K23.

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