NBA 2K21 MyCareer: How to Shoot Better in 2K21 – 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 in previous years. As many players are finding out, it is much more difficult to make shots consistently this season.

Luckily, there are several components in MyCareer that can be adjusted to give your MyPlayer a better chance of hitting their shots consistently.


Here is a breakdown of the top tips that can help you shoot better in NBA 2K21.

1. Find a shooting method that works for you

When playing NBA 2K21, choosing a shooting method that fits your style is one of the first crucial steps that 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 widens the skill gap between players, but it also gives players more control than ever over their jump shots. 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 greatest shooting boost.

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


  1. Shot Stick: R3 and L2/LT for timing
  2. Shot Stick: Left trigger timing removed
  3. Shot Stick: Aim meter turned off

The shooting settings can be adjusted in the controller settings menu.

How to use the Shot Stick in 2K21

  1. Move and hold R3 down;
  2. After pulling down, flick the analogue left or right, towards the high-percentage area, to take a shot. The closer it is to the middle of the bar, the higher your chances are that the shooter will be able to hit green and perform an excellent release.

How to use the Shot Button in 2K21

Press and hold the shot button (Square or X), and release it as close to the high-percentage area as possible to increase your chances of making a shot.

2. Make builds that satisfy your shooting needs

Unlike in 2K20, where players are able to consistently make shots with sub-par shot ratings (three-point rating below 70), In 2K21, your build needs a decent rating to be able to hit shots consistently.

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

3. Pick a pie chart with enough green

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 that great shooters need are speed and acceleration as these will help them to evade defenders and make open shots with greater ease. 

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

4. Find your perfect jump shot

Another important aspect of shooting in NBA 2K21 is choosing the right jump shot for your MyPlayer.

Truthfully speaking, it’s hard to say which jump shot is the absolute best to use, as this can be a bit subjective, what with everyone’s playstyle being different. However, we’ve got a handy guide to help you select some good jump shots.

Every player’s jump shot is different, and those that work for you may not work for your friends. So, it’s best that you do your own due diligence and spend some time in the gym to test the jump shots and releases to find the one that you are the most comfortable using.

5. Customize your jump shot using the Creator tool

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 can customize every aspect of your shot, from the base, upper release, and blending down to the release speed. You virtually have full autonomy over your player’s jump shot mechanics, and it is usually something that many advanced players take advantage of to bring their game to the next level.

6. Use badges to improve your shooting

As any experienced 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 – even if they have 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 are:

  • Range Extender
  • Hot Zone Hunter
  • Catch and Shoot

To explore more great badges to up your shooting game, check out the guide on all of the best shooting badges in 2K21.

7. Earn and know your Hot Spots and Hot Zones

To become a consistent shooter in NBA 2K21, another important feature that 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 as you more 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 apply to the Hot Zone Hunter badge.

After that, your player will receive a shooting boost every time that 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 menu and scroll right. Not only does this chart tell you which areas your player is strongest at shooting from, but it also gives you a good indication of the areas that you need to acquire Hot Zones from.

Hopefully, these top tips have helped you to understand the shooting mechanics of NBA 2K21 and will eventually translate into making your MyPlayer a star shooter.

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C.P Ching

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