NBA 2K21 MyCareer: Tips to Improve Dribbling Moves

Want to improve your MyPlayer’s dribbling in NBA 2K21? Here’s all that you need to know about dribbling in MyCareer, including the best tips, build setup, and badges to equip.


Dribbling is one of the harder skills to master in NBA 2K21. Aside from hours of practice in the gym, there are many other important factors to help you to become a better dribbler which many 2K players neglect.

In fact, not having any of these fundamentals set-up, can severely restrict your My Player’s ability to reach their full dribbling potential.


On this page, we’re breaking down everything that you need to know to help you to improve your dribbling ability in NBA 2K21.

Mastering the fundamentals dribbling moves

Generally speaking, dribbling in NBA 2K21 is more advanced than ever. The advanced pro-stick dribbling mechanisms are a great place for many casual players to start.

If you can master some of these dribbling moves, you’ll become an great dribbler quickly.

Dribbling MovesPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X ControlsContext
Triple Threat Jab / StepoverTap right stick left/right/upTap right stick left/right/upTriple Threat
Triple Threat Pump FakeTap right stick downTap right stick downTriple Threat
Triple Threat Attack HesitationMove + hold right stick up-left or up-rightMove + hold right stick up-left or up-rightTriple Threat
Triple Threat Start DribbleR2 + tap right stick upRT + tap right stick upTriple Threat
Triple Threat SpinoutRotate right stick, then quickly return to neutralRotate right stick, then quickly return to neutralTriple Threat
Triple Threat StepbackR2 + tap right stick downRT + tap right stick downTriple Threat
Signature / Rhythm Size-upTap right stick upTap right stick upDribbling
Hesitation (quick)Tap right stick right (when dribbling with right hand)Tap right stick right (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
Hesitation (escape)Move + hold right stick right (when dribbling with right hand)Move + hold right stick right (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
In and OutMove right stick up-right or up-left towards the ball hand, then release quicklyMove right stick up-right or up-left towards the ball hand, then release quicklyDribbling
Crossover (front)Tap right stick left (when dribbling with right hand)Tap right stick left (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
Crossover (between legs)Move right stick left, then quickly release (when dribbling with right hand)Move right stick left, then quickly release (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
Behind backTap right stick down-left (when dribbling with right hand)Tap right stick down-left (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
SpinRotate right stick from ball hand, around the player’s back, then release to neutral quicklyRotate right stick from ball hand, around the player’s back, then release to neutral quicklyDribbling
Half-spinRotate right stick clockwise, then release quickly (when dribbling with right hand)Rotate right stick clockwise, then release quickly (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
StepbackTap right stick down while drivingTap right stick down while drivingDribbling

After mastering these dribbling techniques, you’ll eventually want to graduate to more advanced moves. Depending on your preference, position, play style, and most importantly, your build, certain dribble moves are more suitable for some than others. As a result, one of the key starting points for anyone looking to be a good dribbler has to be their chosen build.


Dribbling starts from the build

In order to be a good dribbler in NBA 2K21, having a high ball-handle rating of at least 80 is arguably the most important first step. The easiest way to set this up is to select a pie chart with playmaking abilities (yellow) as oneof the main attributes.

Not only will this give your player a high ball-handle rating to start with, but it can also give you the option to have Hall of Fame-grade playmaking badges once your player is fully upgraded.

As for badges, equipping your player with playmaking badges that are HoF-tier – instead of gold or silver – can make a world of difference. Doing this gives them a significant boost in various aspects of dribbling, including ball control, protection, and attacking out of the triple threat.

On top of having high playmaking abilities, speed and acceleration are other important physical attributes that a player needs to become a good dribbler in NBA 2K21. As a result, it is highly recommended that you choose a build with sufficient agility.

Essentially, setting up your build with these two criteria in mind gives your player a solid foundation to build upon to become an elite dribbler.

Best badges for a dribbling build

Equipping your player with the right badges is the last important feature, and one that can separate the average dibblers from great ones. Without any badges, your player will not be able to dribble at an efficient rate without losing control of the ball or getting it picked-off by an opponent.

So, these are the best playmaking badges that we recommend:

  • Quick First Step
  • Tight Handles
  • Unpluckable
  • Handles for Days

To see optimal results, having these badges to at least a silver grade – HoF if possible – is recommended.

Being able to Speed Boost is key

Speed Boost is another main feature that all great dribblers have in NBA 2K21. For those unaware, extra acceleration is given to your player once they successfully execute a dribble move.

Not only does this make your player a lot harder to guard one-on-one, but it helps to create double team and odd-man situations. In fact, most good Pro-Am teams in 2K21 have at least one or two great ball-handlers with the ability to Speed Boost.

To use the Speed Boost ability, your MyPlayer build needs to have an 80 or better ball-handle rating. Once you hit this requirement, you’ll be able to use to following controls to Speed Boost:

  1. Flick the right stick upwards to trigger the size-up animation;
  2. As the ball is moving to the side of your player, press the turbo button (R2/RT) and flick the right stick;
  3. Get the timing right, and you’ll activate the Speed Boost out animation.

Making use of the Dribble Packages

Dribble packages are another key component that many 2K players equip to elevate their game to the next level. As with the Speed Boost, the basic requirement to unlock the pro-dribble moves is having a ball-handle of 80.

Here’s how to buy and equip Dribble Moves for your MyPlayer:

  1. Go to MyPlayer Appearance > Animations > Store > Dribble Moves.
  2. Go to MyPlayer Appearance > My Animations > Dribble Moves to equip the new moves and animations.

Types of Dribble Packages

NBA 2K21 offers a wide array of Dribble Packages. Players have the ability to choose from styles for different positions, to unique styles that replicate those of the greatest NBA ball-handlers of all-time , such as Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry, and James Harden.

On top of that, you can use signature size-ups, park size-ups, moving crossovers, moving behind the backs, and more. Basically, every dribble detail for your player can be customised and adjusted to your liking.

Due to the numerous combinations available, it’s hard to say which set of packages or dribble moves is best for each player. It is recommended that you do your own due diligence and test packages and combos to find out which ones suit your player.

If you want to improve the dribbling ability of your MyPlayer build, be sure to make the most of Dribbling Packages, activate the Speed Boost, and apply the best dribbling badges.


C.P Ching

An avid sports gamer with an open appetite to give any game on the market a shot.

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