In NBA 2K21, MyCareer badges are one of the most crucial tools that can separate average players from great players. Without any unlocked and equipped, you will struggle to find success in MyCareer.
Playing MyCareer games is a common way to obtain badges in 2K21, but the practice facility is another important avenue for those wanting to get their badges as quickly as possible.
With that said, here is a guide on how you can utilize the practice facility to maximize your badge point earning potential.
Early practice in MyCareer
Early on in MyCareer, you will see practice sessions pop up on your schedule. At this point, the options are limited as you’re unable to select the type of drill that you want to participate in.
Essentially, all drills in these practice sessions are assigned to you by the coach, and many drills aren’t the most productive or time-efficient ways to earn badge points effectively.
As a result, some players may choose to skip these early sessions in favor of earning more VC with MyCareer games instead.
However, it is advised that you don’t skip too many practice drills as some of the coach’s drills offer a x2 and x3 multiplier in badge points, making them a worthwhile pursuit.
How to unlock your practice drills early
The world of the practice facility begins to open up once you unlock the ability to choose your own drills. This usually happens after you played ten MyCareer games without simulating.
This is a crucial step that you should not bypass, especially early on in MyCareer, as it helps you to unlock badges as quickly as possible.
Once drills are unlocked, you’ll be able to cherry-pick from a list of drills that will give you the best chance to rack up badge upgrade points faster.
Which drills to choose in NBA 2K21
In the NBA 2K21 practice facility, not all drills are equal, and some are much easier than others. Here is a breakdown of the easiest drills to take advantage of in the MyCareer practice facility.
Best drills to use for shooting
Free Throw Golf
Free Throw Golf is arguably the easiest shooting drill to obtain badge points fast. The barrier of entry isn’t high, with the only requirement being that you need to have a satisfactory free throw rating: usually around 55 to 60.
With that rating, a player should be able to hit their free throws at a good rate. More than likely, they will be able to finish every drill with at least two stars or 450 badge points.
Compared to other shooting drills, Free Throw Golf pays out the highest badge point total (750) for a three-star finish.
Before participating in the drill, it is recommended that you spend some VC to upgrade your player’s free throw rating to about 60, which will increase your chances of getting more than one star.
Corner Threes is another recommended drill for those looking to get shooting badge points as quickly as possible.
Mainly for those with shooting builds, this drill is straightforward. All that you need to do is stand in the corner and hit threes. The drill does not require any running or getting open for shots, therefore saving a lot of practice time in the long run.
To get optimal results, it is recommended that your player has at least a 70 three-point rating, or a badge like Range Extender equipped on bronze, silver, or higher.
Best drills to use for finishing badges
For finishing badges, Fatigued Finishing is one of the easiest drills to utilize. This drill is geared towards bigger players – or some smaller players with a decent driving layup (70+) or close shot rating.
The paint defenders aren’t particularly tough to beat and allow you to score at a good rate. There isn’t much skill required for this drill, but players with high speed and acceleration ratings may have an easier time scoring.
Like Fatigued Finishing, Contested Finishing is another straightforward drill that is easy to execute. Furthermore, the payout reward is a little higher at 750 badge points for three-star finishes.
Essentially, you only need to master one of the two moves (Reverse Layup or the Euro-Step) to make the most of this drill.
From experience, the close shot rating or driving layup don’t need to be particularly high to find success here. That said, doesn’t hurt to have the Acrobat badge equipped to increase your finishing rate at the rim.
Best drills to use for playmaking
In the playmaking category, Outlet Passing is, by far, the easiest drill to complete. The drill is self-explanatory – all that you need to do is grab rebounds and throw outlet passes to a teammate.
Like many drills in the facility, the defenders are not exactly elite, so completing passes in this drill will not be tough. Even bigger players with a lower pass rating and who are lacking in ball-handling abilities should be able to come out of the drill with at least two stars or 450 points.
For smaller guards with a high pass rating, you should come out of this drill with a score of at least 750.
Best drills to use for defense and rebounding
Charge is the easiest drill to garner badge upgrade points for defense and rebounding. All that you need to do is park yourself under the basket and hold (O/B) and try to draw contact from the attacker.
Your player’s overall rating does not matter much in this drill. The key objective is to get the timing right and put yourself in front of your opponent right before he is about to take off.
Protect the Tin
Protect the Tin is another easy exercise for gaining defensive badge points quickly. The main objective is to stop offensive players from scoring at the basket, with a +2 bonus for blocks. Although this drill is more for power forwards or centers, guards can also make use of the exercise.
Timing is more important here than attribute ratings. Guards with a satisfactory block (around 40) or interior defense (at least 35) should be able to get some stops if they get their positioning and timing right.
If you’re looking to gain points quickly in NBA 2K21, be sure to make your way to the practice facility and utilize the most efficient drills detailed above.