Regardless of position, ball-handling is the backbone of every MyPlayer in NBA 2K22. So, to get the most out of your MyPlayer build in NBA 2K22, you’ll need to be aware of the best available animations and dribble moves to help beat some of these elite defenders. In this guide, we break down some of the best dribble moves in NBA 2K22.
Since dribble moves cost stamina, it’s recommended to use only the moves you know will work. Using the default settings can get you open looks, but it’s going to be much more difficult, and it will take away a good chunk of your player’s stamina in the process. So, taking this into account, below are the best dribble moves in NBA 2K22.
Best dribble moves in NBA 2K22
Dribble Style – Shifty
Dribble Style will be the first thing you’ll want to take care of, giving you the option to choose between Quick, Shifty, or Fundamental. Even though all of these styles allow you to play low to the ground, which helps prevent steals and dictate the game’s flow, Shifty is ideal. It allows players to use combo moves, as well as receive an additional speed boost.
Moving Crossover – LeBron James
Your Moving Crossover should be set to LeBron James. Ideally, you’re going to want a Moving Crossover animation that won’t slow your player down on their way to the rim. James’ animation is perfect for exactly this reason, and the body language appears to go in the opposite direction of the player, which means that you could be granted some easy ankle-breakers as well.
Signature Size-Up – Carmelo Anthony
The Signature Size-Up is a massive part of any NBA player’s game, but for NBA 2K22, you should definitely use the Carmelo Anthony animation. While the Steph Curry animation also works well here (specifically if you want more speed), Melo’s is ideal because it allows you to efficiently use fakes in all four directions.
Moving Behind the Back – Kawhi Leonard
Your Moving Behind the Back animation should be set to something that is purely focused on ball protection, even if it means that you have to sacrifice a little bit of speed in the process. Thankfully, Kawhi’s Moving Behind the Back animation somehow protects the ball while maintaining the same level of speed when driving to the basket. It’s an obvious no-brainer here.
Moving Stepback – Kyrie Irving
The Moving Stepback is something that will be used to transition into a jump shot, so it should be able to throw off the defender by making your player appear to continue forward. While still preparing quickly enough to get a good shot off against your opponent. Chris Paul’s move is a great fakeout, but Kyrie Irving’s animation allows for far more freedom to separate for a shot. Plus, he’s got one of the quickest releases in the game.
Moving Hesitation – Luka Doncic
The Moving Hesitation is unlike any other dribble move. The goal is to execute it quickly while still maintaining the illusion of your player changing directions and then crossing over. It causes the defender to readjust and the ball handler to blow by with a sudden burst of speed. That’s where Doncic’s animation comes into play, as it not only provides a good fakeout but also lets you pick up speed immediately after execution.
Moving Spin – Joel Embiid
Your Moving Spin should throw the defender off, but if your player’s too slow or unconvincing, then you can expect the defender to shut that down real fast. However, if you use Embiid’s Moving Spin, then not only is it extremely convincing, but it also allows your player to accelerate faster during the play. An undeniable advantage in NBA 2K22.
Triple Threat Style – WNBA 2
Your Triple Threat Style needs to be not only smooth but also inconspicuous with your transition from shooting to dribbling. The issue is that most of the Triple Threat Styles only tease in one direction. However, if you were to attach the WNBA 2 (and WNBA 1) to your MyPlayer, then they would be able to move left, right, forward, or even backward fluidly with all of your moves.
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