NBA 2K21: Complete Controls Guide for Xbox One and PS4

Here’s ALL the NBA 2K21 controls for offense, defense, shooting, dribbling, passing on PS4 and Xbox One.


The controls in NBA 2K21 can be broken down into the following major categories. This includes Offense, Defense, Shooting, Dribbling, Passing, Post moves. 

Having a good knowledge of these controls will give you the best opportunity to succeed in the game on both ends of the floor. 


In this NBA 2K21 controls guide, RS and LS denote right and left analog sticks.

NBA 2K21 Offense Controls

Offensive controls can be broken down into two sub-categories; On-Ball Offense and Off-Ball Offense.

On-Ball Offense is used when you are controlling the player with the ball in hand. Off-Ball Offense is used when you are controlling a player without the ball in hand. 

NBA 2K21 On Ball Offense Controls 

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
PassXA
Bounce PassCircleB
Lob PassTriangleY
Shoot Square or  RSX or RS
SprintR2RT
Icon PassR1 (choose receiver)RB (choose receiver)
Call Timeout /
Coaches Challenge
Touch PadBack Button
Move PlayerLSLS
Pro StickRSRS
On the Fly CoachingArrow-PadArrow-Pad
Call PlayL1LB
Post UpL2LT

NBA 2K21 Off Ball Offense Controls 

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Call For PassXA
Quick ScreenOB
Tell Teammate To ShootSquareX
Call For Alley-oopTriangleY
SprintR2RT
Call Timeout /
Coach’s Challenge
Touch PadBack Button
Call for ScreenL1LB
Post UpL2LT
On the Fly CoachingArrow-PadArrow-Pad
Move PlayerLSLS
Pro StickRSRS

NBA 2K21 Defense Controls

Defensive controls can be broken down into two sub-categories; On-Ball Defense and Off-Ball Defense

On-Ball Defense is used when you are controlling the player that is directly defending the ball handler. Off-Ball defense is used when you are controlling a defender that is not defending a ball handler. 

NBA 2K21 On Ball Defense Controls

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Move PlayerLSLS
Hands UpRSRS
Player SwapXA
Take ChargeOB
Block/ReboundTriangleY
StealSquareX
SprintR2RT
Icon SwapR1RB
Double TeamL1LB
Intense DefenseL2LT
Intentional FoulTouch PadBack Button
On the Fly CoachingArrow PadArrow Pad

NBA 2K21 Off Ball Defense Controls 

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Move PlayerLSLS
On Ball StealRSRS
Player SwapXA
Take ChargeOB
Block/ReboundTriangleY
StealSquareX
SprintR2RT
Icon SwapR1RB
Double TeamL1LB
Intense DefenseL2LT
Intentional FoulTouch PadBack Button
On the Fly CoachingArrow PadAarrow Pad

These basic offensive controls are essential across every game mode in NBA 2K21. This is perhaps the most important knowledge every player needs to have to be able to compete in 2K21. 

NBA 2K21 Shooting Controls

Knowledge of these shooting controls is essential for players looking to succeed at the intermediate or advanced level.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Jump ShotPress & hold Square then releasePress & hold Y then release
Free ThrowPress & hold square then release
(when at the line)
Press and hold Y then release
(when at the line)
LayupMove & hold RS up
(when driving)
Move & hold Rs up
(when driving)
Runner / FloaterMove & hold RS down while drivingMove & hold RS down while driving
Reverse LayupMove & hold the RS right
(while driving along the baseline)
Move & hold RS right
(while driving along the baseline)
Euro Step LayupDouble tap square while driving & hold LS towards the off handDouble tap Y while driving & hold the LS towards the off hand

Cradle Layup
Double tap square when driving & hold LS towards the ball handDouble tap Y when driving & hold LS towards the ball hand
Two-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up while driving to basketRT + move & hold RS up while driving to basket
Dominant or Off-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up, left or right in close rangeRT + move & hold RS up, left or right in close range
Flashy DunkR2 + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunkRT + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunk
Pump FakeTap SquareTap Y
Hop GatherTap Square while dribbling with L deflectedTap Y while dribbling with L deflected
Spin GatherHold R2 + double tap SquareHold RT + double tap Y
Spin GatherHold R2 + double tap squareHold RT + double tap Y
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 ThroughNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold squareNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold Y
PutbackPress square when attempting an offensive reboundPress Y when attempting an offensive rebound

NBA 2K21 Passing Controls

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Normal PassPress XPress A
Bounce PassPress OPress B
Lob PassPress TrianglePress Y
Skip PassHold X to target a receiver further awayHold A to target a receiver further away
Fake PassTriangle + O while standing or driving to the basketB + Y while standing or driving to the basket
Jump PassSquare + X while standing or driving to the basketA + X while standing or driving to the basket
Icon PassPress R1 then press the icon button of the desired receiverPress RB then press the icon button of the desired receiver
Flashy PassDouble tap ODouble tap B to pass
Alley-oopDouble tap TriangleDouble tap Y
Alley-oop to SelfDouble tap triangle + move LS to the hoopDouble tap Y + move LS to the hoop
Lead to Basket PassPress & hold triangle to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass.Press & hold Y to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass.
Full Receiver ControlPress & hold O to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release O to pass.Press & hold B to freely move the selected receiver with  LS. Release B to pass.
Touch PassPress X before the first receiver gets the ball
(Use LS to select the second receiver)
Press A before the first receiver gets the ball
(Use LS to select the second receiver)
Pro Stick PassPress & hold R1 + move RS in the desired pass directionPress & hold RB + move RS in the desired pass direction
Give and GoPress & hold X until the receiver catches the ball.
Hold X & use LS to move the initial passer. 
Release X to get the ball back
Press & hold A until the receiver catches the ball.
Hold A & use LS to move initial passer. 
Release A to get the ball back
Rolling InboundPress triangle during baseline inbounds Press Y during baseline inbounds

NBA 2K21 Dribbling Controls

ActionPS4Xbox One
Signature Size-upMove & hold RS stick up from a standing dribbleMove & hold RS up from a standing dribble
Signature Park Size-upRepeatedly tap L2 from a stand dribbleRepeatedly tap LT from a stand dribble
In and OutMove RS right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand.Move RS up right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand
HesitationMove the RS then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove the RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum HesitationR2 + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation EscapeMove and hold RS right when dribbling with right handMove and hold RS right when dribbling with right hand
CrossoverWhen dribbling with the right hand.
Move RS up left then quickly release
When dribbling with the right hand.
Move RS up left then quickly release
Momentum CrossoverR2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right handR2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover EscapeWhen dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up left When dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up left 
Between Legs CrossMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Between Legs CrossR2 + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs EscapeMove and hold RS left when dribbling with right handMove and hold RS left when dribbling with right hand
Behind the BackMove RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Behind the BackR2 + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind the Back EscapeWhen dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down left When dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down left 
StepbackMove RS down then quickly releaseMove RS down then quickly release
Momentum StepbackR2 + move RS down then quickly releaseR2 + move RS down then quickly release
SpinRotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right handRotate RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right hand
Half SpinRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right handRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hard Stop / StutterTap L2 while driving for a quick change of speedTap LT while driving for a quick change of speed
Hold Off DefendersHold L2Hold LT

NBA 2K21 Post Offense Controls

Post offensive moves are crucial for bigs (C and PF’s) or even smaller players wanting to score in the paint. 

* Press and hold (L2 – PS4) / (LT – Xbox One) button to post up. 

ActionPS4Xbox One
Dropstep Hold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap SquareHold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap X
Spin or Drive Rotate RS to either shoulder Rotate RS to either shoulder 
Jab StepbackHold R2 & move RS up then quickly release.Hold RT & move RS up then quickly release.
Straight StepbackHold R2 & move RS down then quickly release.Hold RT & move RS down then quickly release.
Post LayupMove LS toward hoop + hold RS up left or up rightMove LS toward hoop + hold RS up left or up right
Post HookWith LS on neutral, move & hold RS up left or up right. With LS on neutral, move & hold RS up left or up right. 
Post FadeMove & hold RS left or right away from the hoopMove & hold RS left or right away from the hoop
Post Shimmy FadeWith LS neutral, hold R2 + move & hold RS down left or down rightWith LS neutral, hold RT + move & hold RS down left or down right
Post Shimmy Hook With LS neutral, hold R2 + move & hold RS up left or up rightWith LS neutral, hold RT + move & hold RS up left or up right
Post HopMove & hold LS left, right or down then tap squareMove & hold LS left, right or down then tap X
Up and UnderUse RS to pump fake, then let go of L2 and quickly move & hold RS again before the pump fake endsUse RS to pump fake, then let go of LT and quickly move & hold RS again before the pump fake ends
Dunk AttemptHold R2 & move LS + RS up. Hold RT & move LS + RS up.

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