NBA 2K21: Best Shooting Guard (SG) Builds and How to Use them

If you want to dominate as a SG in MyPlayer, you’ll want to follow this guide for creating the best shooting guard build in NBA 2K21.


By making sure that the limited stat points that you possess for your NBA 2K21 MyPlayer are deployed correctly, you can ensure that your build will be as competitive as possible by the time that they are fully developed.

When it comes to the shooting guard position, you can pursue a catch-and-shoot outside threat build or a three-level scorer build; focusing your skillset towards a particular direction is generally better than spreading yourself thin across the board.


A catch-and-shoot outside threat build would create a MyPlayer akin to Klay Thompson, the ultimate off the ball threat on the perimeter. Or if you want to dominate the game at any level, you can aim to build and play like James Harden.

If you’d rather have the all-around best shooting guard build right off the bat, we have got you covered with this guide.

Choosing the best shooting guard build in NBA 2K21

If you’d like to replicate the style of play of one of your favourite NBA superstars, you’ll want to commit to builds that focus on set skills and sacrifice attributes that you don’t deem to be as necessary.

Here, we’re presenting the best overall shooting guard build in NBA 2K21, which means that they’ll boast a hefty overall rating and excel when shooting and playmaking.

How to build the best shooting guard in NBA 2K21

Below, you’ll find all of the attribute ratings that you’ll need to hit in order to get the best shooting guard build, including which aspects you should focus on, such as shooting, and the parts of the build that don’t require as many of your points, like post moves.

SG Finishing

  • Driving Dunk: As a shooting guard, you should not be worrying too much about getting to dunk. Anything above 70 in this stat is a waste of stat points that can be put to better use elsewhere.
  • Driving Layup: A little more important than dunks or close shots, having between 75 and 80 in the driving layups ensures that you can take those easy points if the opponents allow you the opportunity.
  • Close Shot: You’ll want to be taking the driving layup as opposed to the close-range shot, but having anything above a 70 rating here will be enough to give you a chance if the opportunity arises.

SG Shooting

  • Post Fade: Here is your bread and butter. Having a decently high post fade rating of 80 to 85 will ensure a steady amount of room to work with when attempting to take a shot or open up a play.
  • Free Throw: Outside of the center, every player needs a decent free throw score. For a shooting guard, a range of 85 to 90 is acceptable, just in case you end up on the line.
  • Three-Point Shot: Understandably, having a high three-point shot score allows you to find advantages outside the paint. A score between 85 to 90 will ensure you can make those game-winning buckets.
  • Mid-Range Shot: As a shooting guard, having a rating of between 85 and 90 on mid-range shots means that you can cover in case your teammates are unable to find the open court.

SG Playmaking

  • Post Moves: As pointed out, any attributes that relate to inside the paint are pretty unnecessary for a shooting guard. Leaving this score between 50 and 55 is acceptable.
  • Ball Handle: A staple for anyone looking to be a playmaker or spotlight holder, having ball handling between 80 and 85 ensures that you won’t be fumbling any passes or moves that you make around the court.
  • Pass Accuracy: Since you will be playing as a slight playmaker regardless, having high pass accuracy is key to the build. Ensuring a growth period of 85 to 90 will allow you to pull off the necessary snap passes.

SG Defense and Rebounding

  • Defensive Rebound: Having a cap of 70 is probably the most that you will need on defensive rebounding. If you’re doing the rebounding, your center isn’t stepping up.
  • Steal: Working your way around the outside of most court battles, having a steal score cap of 80 will afford you more opportunities if the offense starts slacking around you.
  • Lateral Quickness: Maintaining movement is essential if you want to both outplay and lose your opponent. An 80 rating here gives enough to maintain your advantage in movements.
  • Perimeter Defense: As one of the outside members, ensuring that you have a strong ability to guard the outside is necessary. A rating of 80 means that you have the potential to be quite strong when it comes to pushing out any potential long-range shots.
  • Interior Defense: A score cap of 45 is adequate for the best shooting guard build as you’re not going to be expected to defend inside against any centers any time soon.

Best SG build’s top attributes

The prowess of the best shooting guard lies in shooting, shooting, and more shooting.

In general, you want to be the most potent scoring option from anywhere outside of ten-feet for your team, so lean on this and utilise your potency when shooting, opting to turn playmaker less often.

While some shooting guards are playmakers or slashers, this all stems from their ability to knock down shots at a lethal rate. So, get used to shooting in prime areas of the court and then build in the other aspects of your game.

Best SG build’s top secondary attributes

Ball handling, perimeter defense, and driving layups should come after shooting, allowing your MyPlayer to impact the game in more than just catch-and-shoot scenarios.

Of the many skills that you can pick up to give your player a boost on the court, there are two that stand out above the rest. Spot Up Shooter and Playmaker give your shooting guard several options to use.

Spot Up Shooter gives your player a boost to their mid-range and three-point shooting, as well as a small addition to all other attributes. Of the two, this one is the more aggressive and spotlight-heavy Takeover as it provides you with more scoring attributes.

Playmaker, on the other hand, allows you to be a secondary point guard for your team. This takeover gives a considerable boost to your driving layup, pass accuracy, ball handling, speed with ball, passing IQ, vision, and offensive consistency attributes.

All of these allow you to open up the court for your team and provide more opportunities to score and run the court.

Best SG physical profile

After you’ve set your attributes, you can choose a physical profile that meets your needs regarding agility, strength, and vertical capabilities. You may notice that certain physical attributes move up and down depending on your height, weight, and wingspan.

As larger players sacrifice agility attributes and those with longer wingspans suffer on the shooting side, you’ll want to make sure that your MyPlayer SG build isn’t overly strong and has a decent amount of agility.

Now that you have the right attributes in place and have adjusted the physical aspects of your MyPlayer, you should be ready to roll.

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John S

John is a lifelong fan of the NBA and has been playing NBA 2K for more than a decade. As a gamer, writer and overall basketball fan, John is ready to share a wealth of 2K knowledge with all of the site’s readers.

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