In NBA 2K, glass cleaners are crucial to your success, and the frustration of making a successful defensive stop only for your opponent to get the offensive rebound is enough to make you switch off your console.
In contrast, if you can snare a few offensive boards yourself it can be a huge advantage, particularly with the current meta which makes virtually any second chance opportunity a successful one, be that through a putback finish or an outlet pass.
What are the best badges for a Glass Cleaning Finisher in 2K22?
One of the first people you think of when talking about a glass cleaning finisher is Andre Drummond, while Tristan Thompson is another who has based his career around second chance opportunities.
There are plenty of more well-rounded bigs, however, who are equally as capable as those two, with the likes of Nikola Jokić and Joel Embiid both posing a constant threat for opposing teams trying to grab a board. Regardless of what type of player you are, the important thing is that you can finish the job after securing the rebound. As a result, we’re trying to create a player with a combination of pure rebounding and finishing.
So what are the best badges for a center in 2K22? Here they are.
1. Rebound Chaser
This one is the most obvious badge that you will need because you’re going to want to employ every rebound animation possible to crash the boards. This is among the most important of them, so maximize your Rebound Chaser badge by putting it at a Hall of Fame level.
If you’re looking for a badge that will lead to a rebound, the Worm badge is one of the best. The Worm makes it easy to slither through small spaces to grab that board, and this is another badge that you’ll need to put on Hall of Fame.
It takes quite a bit of skill to utilize the Box badge, mainly because there’s always the possibility that you’ll box an opponent straight to the ball instead of away from it. Make this badge at least a Gold one.
Altering shots is one of the simplest ways to ensure that you secure more rebounds, and that’s just what the Intimidator badge can help you to do. A Gold one is enough to be a good defender in the zone, but it’s worth the effort to try to put it up to Hall of Fame.
In the event that you are met with a loose ball from a missed shot, the Hustler badge will help you to successfully dive to the ball to score another rebound. You won’t be using this badge all that often though, so a Silver is enough for your glass cleaning finisher.
6. Putback Boss
We’ve talked a lot about second chance points, so it makes sense to have the Putback Boss badge to ensure that every offensive rebound becomes an easy basket. This is another one that you ought to have at a Hall of Fame level.
7. Rise Up
If you want to make a statement on your putback, then the Rise Up badge is the one for you, and will help you to dunk that offensive rebound that you just snared. This is just a support animation, so a Gold badge is more than sufficient.
8. Fearless Finisher
If you grab the offensive rebound a little further away from the basket and want to lay it in, then you’ll need a Fearless Finisher badge. A Gold badge will do wonders for you, but it’s definitely worth kicking this up to Hall of Fame if you can spare some VCs.
9. Grace Under Pressure
Nikola Jokić is a prime example of a player who has the ability to stay calm under pressure whenever he gets an offensive board. He is as good as anyone in the game at making an outlet pass following a board, but he also does a lot of finishing. The reigning MVP’s badge is on Hall of Fame, so you should try to get yours to the same level.
10. Dream Shake
Despite its name, the Dream Shake badge isn’t going to enable you to dance around the post like Hakeem Olajuwon. What it can do, however, is to make your defender bite on your pump fakes. The 2K meta makes defenders bite more often than usual on pump fakes even without this badge, so having it at a Gold level is more than enough to finish with regularity after fakes.
11. Fast Twitch
The Fast Twitch badge will speed up standing layups or dunks around the rim, which is definitely something that you’ll want after an offensive rebound. Giannis Antetokounmpo has this at a Hall of Fame level, and you can be just as effective underneath the rim with this badge at the same level.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Combine the Posterizer badge with the other finishing dunk animations and you’ll not only be a glass cleaning finisher, but also a paint beast. As fun as it is to demoralize your opponent with a big poster, however, the end goal is just to score, so you might not need this badge as much as you think you do. Make this one your last priority, but once you get around to it you might as well try going for Gold.
What to expect when using badges for a Glass Cleaning Finisher
The good thing about being a glass cleaning finisher in NBA 2K is that you can use these badge animations even when you are on defense. In fact, you might even be using them to gain an advantage on defense more often than you are at the other end of the floor.
While these badge combinations do not create an NBA superstar, they’re still enough to give you a 20-12 night, and if you’re physically gifted enough, maybe you can even go for 20-20.
In terms of the best positions to maximize these badges, though a hybrid player like Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James will benefit from them, it’s better if you pick a true center. Since centers do not stretch out to the perimeter that often in the current 2K meta, you’ll find yourself in the post a lot more often, making centers best-positioned to utilize these badges.
We used Andre Drummond as the prototype, and while a player like that will certainly excel with these badges, a more well-rounded big like Joel Embiid is the best type of center with whom you’ll derive the most benefit.