NBA 2K21 MyCareer: Top Tips to Improve Your Shooting

Want to give your player the best chance to make your shots consistently in NBA 2K21? All you need to know about shooting in MyCareer, including the best tips, setups and badges to equip.


Shooting in NBA 2K21 is a little different than previous years. As many players are finding out it is much harder to make shots consistently this season.

As a matter of fact, there are several components in MyCareer that can be adjusted to give your MyPlayer a better chance to hit their shots consistently.


Here is a breakdown of some top tips that can help players improve their shooting in NBA 2K21.  

Shooting method: Finding one that fits you!

When playing NBA 2K21, choosing a shooting method that fits your style is one of the first crucial steps all players should consider.

One of the biggest changes in NBA 2K21 is the revamped shooting system, in particular the new mechanisms involved with the Shot Stick.

The revamped shooting features not only widen the skill gap between players, it also gives players control over their jump shots more than ever.


Players do still have the option to utilize the traditional way of shooting, by simply tapping the Shot Button (Square or X).

As all shooting methods have their own pros and cons and can take time to get used to, here is a basic breakdown of each shooting method to help you decide what’s best for you.

Shot Stick Aiming Settings vs Shot Button

Shot Stick Aiming is the most advanced shooting mechanic in the game. It is the most difficult to execute but also offers the most shooting boost.

It can be further broken down into three different settings. The first is the most difficult, but if executed properly, will give your player the highest shooting boost.

  1. Shot Stick (R3/Right Stick) + left trigger for timing
  2. Shot Stick + no left trigger timing (removed)
  3. Shot Stick with aim meter turned off

Setting can be adjusted in the controller settings.

How to use the Shot Stick

  1. Move and hold (R3/Right Stick) down
  2. After pulling down, flick the stick left or right towards the high-percentage area to make shot. The closer it is to the middle of the bar, the higher chance the shooters will be able to green (obtain excellent release).

How to use Shot Button

Press and hold (Square or X), and release as close to the high-percentage area to increase chance of making shot.

Making Builds that satisfy your shooting needs

Unlike 2K20 where players are able to consistently make shots with sub par shot ratings (three-point rating below 70), things are dramatically different in 2K21.

In simple terms, your build needs a decent rating to be able to hit their shot consistently.

According to research done by NBA 2K Lab, with an 80 three point shot rating, you are only able to green (perfect release) at about 40% – which isn’t that great. Only around the 86 three-point mark does one’s green conversion window increase to about 70 percent.

So, when making builds, it is important to remember to allocate enough attribute points to your mid-range or three-point shot if you want to be a good shooter.

Pick a pie chart with enough green

As a general rule of thumb, when making solid builds in MyCareer, choosing a skill pie chart with enough green (shooting ability) is crucial.

On top of that, other important physical attributes great shooters need include speed and acceleration, as these will help them evade defenders and get to open shots much easier. 

So, when choosing a physical profile pie chart, it is recommended that you choose one with sufficient agility (purple).

Finding your jumper

Another important aspect of shooting in NBA 2K21 is choosing the right jump shot for your MyPlayer. By simply browsing on YouTube or even on google, you can find plenty of good jump shot suggestions for all types of players.

Truthfully speaking, it’s hard to say which jump shot is the “the absolute best” to use, as this can be a bit subjective.

Essentially, every player’s jump shot is different, and those which work for you may not work for your friends. So, it’s best to do your own due diligence and spend some time in the gym to test out which jump shot or release you are most comfortable using.

Customize using the Jump Shot Creator

Often, more advanced 2K players find generic jumpers a bit limiting. As a result, the Jump Shot Creator is another great tool that can open a new world of mechanics for those obsessed with the minute details.

This feature can be found by opening the “MyPlayer Appearance” tab in the MyCareer menu.

With the jump shot creator you are able to customize every aspect of your shot from the base, upper release, and blending down to the release speed. You virtually have full autonomy of your players jump shot mechanics, and it is usually something many advanced players take advantage of to bring their game to the next level.

Badges that are vital for shooting!

As any experience 2K player will tell you, badges are one of the most important features of MyCareer, and can separate average shooters from great ones.

In short, without any badges, your player will not be able to hit their shots at a high rate – despite having a high shot rating.

Many 2K players have even said that, when making a player, it is more worthwhile to get an extra shooting badge count than extra attribute points. Certain badges set on Hall of Fame or Gold are much better than Silver and Bronze.

A few of the best shooting badges we recommend:

  • Range Extender
  • Hot Zone Hunter
  • Catch and Shoot

We’ve got a guide on all the best shooting badges in 2K21.

Earn & know your Hot Spots / Hot Zones

To become a consistent shooter in NBA 2K21 another important feature all players must obtain are Hot Zones. These are areas on the court where your player is strong at shooting the ball.

At the beginning of MyCareer your player won’t have any, but Hot Zones will be acquired once you consistently make shots in the game.

After a sufficient number of Hot Zones are obtained, it is recommended that you save some upgrade points to upgrade with the Hot Zone Hunter badge.

After that, your player will receive a shooting boost every time you attempt a shot in any of their hot zones.

How to see your player’s Hot Zone

In order to see your player’s Hot Zone, simply pull up your player in the MyCareer NBA stats in menu and scroll right. Not only does this chart tell you in which area your player is strong at shooting, it also gives you a good indication of which area you need to acquire Hot Zones from.


C.P Ching

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

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