NBA 2K21: Versatile All-Round Wing Build

Learn how to create one of the best all-round small forward builds on NBA 2K21 right here.


Overall, a well-rounded wing is capable of filling multiple roles in several situations. Once fully upgraded, this build boasts an even distribution of ten badges for finishing, playmaking, and shooting, making the player a top-class wing that can play multiple positions and bring a little bit of everything to the table. 

Here, we’ll show you how to create one of the best all-round small forward wings in NBA 2K21, with the body type details quickly shown first below.  


How to build the best Wing Build in NBA 2K21

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height: 6’7’’
  • Weight: 230lbs
  • Wingspan: 84.0’’
  • Build: Well-Rounded Wing
  • Takeover: Shot Creator
  • Primary Skills: Shooting and Finishing
  • Secondary Skill: Defense and Playmaking
  • NBA Player Comparison: John Havlicek, Gordon Hayward, T.J Warren

Why create the well-rounded wing build in NBA 2K21

 In NBA 2K21, being well-rounded is a valuable asset to have for most players. This gives you the versatility to adopt different roles on different teams. 

Whether in comp, 2v2, or casual park games, it is often hard to find teammates that complement each other well; essentially, this is one of the rare builds in 2K that does just that.

Overall, it doesn’t have any major weakness and has above-average skills in all of the major categories, and can complement several different types of teammates.

Additionally, it has the ability to play and guard multiple positions, giving teams the flexibility to run very different lineups across the different game modes. 


Highlights of this SF build:

Whether you plan to spend most of your time on the playground, pro-am, rec, or in MyCareer NBA games, this build has got you covered. 

It allows you to be an effective player in multiple scenarios, especially for teams looking for a versatile wing that is capable of playing anywhere from the two to the four. 


Here are the key highlights for this build: 

  • You’ll have the attributes and badges to be a reliable finisher at the rim.
  • You’ll have the strength and size to defend bigger players, particularly those in the 6’8’’ to 6’11’’ range. 
  • The build has the agility, lateral quickness, and perimeter defense to guard smaller guards in the 6’3’’ to 6’6’’. 
  • It has a good enough shot rating to play in a “3-and-D” role. 
  • The build can be used as a team’s point forward and be the primary playmaker. 
  • It’s also faster than most bigs, having the speed to keep up with most shooting guards. 
  • It’ll give you the ability to guard multiple positions from the two to the four.
  • Finally, you’ll have the badge and attribute ratings to be one of the team’s main scoring options.

So, here’s how to go about creating the best versatile all-round wing in NBA 2K21.

Choosing your position

The first step here is to choose small forward as your build’s position. Choosing a small forward has several benefits. Firstly, it gives you team versatility in terms of positional matchups. 

Since small forwards are not the most popular build of choice in the 2K community, you will often be matched up against guards or power forwards. Therefore, choosing SF will usually give you a speed advantage against the other team’s bigs, along with some size advantage against smaller guards. 

As we will see later, your player’s attribute ratings somewhat captures the best of both worlds, enabling the build to hold its own against the majority of opponents that you will face in 2K.  

Choosing your pie chart

For the skills breakdown pie chart, you should go with the green and blue pie chart. To start things off, your player will have the ability to equip Hall of Fame badges for finishing and shooting.

So, once fully upgraded, this player can be a legitimate shooter and finisher. Attribute-wise, it also has rather decent ratings for its secondary attributes in playmaking and defense. 

As we can see in the picture above, and unlike with other builds in the game, there isn’t a glaring weakness in any of the four major areas. The majority of your player’s attribute ratings are somewhere in the 70 to 75 range, which is considered to be above-average for the position. 

With this setup, your player already has a solid foundation to be a decent shooter and rebounder, along with excellent finishing ability around the rim. Besides that, it will have playmaking abilities in the 70s, which is decent for a small forward. 

Lastly, the defensive ratings (lateral quickness, interior defense, perimeter defense, and steal) allow this player to be able to defend both interior and perimeter threats on the court effectively. 

Choosing your physical profile

For the physical profile, go with the balanced pie chart shown in the photo above. 

For this particular build, the aim is to be well-balanced in all major categories. With the pie chart selected, there essentially isn’t one area of weakness for this build. 

Since a small forward usually isn’t the biggest player on the court, having some strength will be vital. It is a key attribute that is needed to hold off stronger opponents that are dominant near the basket. 

Besides that, the speed, agility, and vertical don’t take a huge hit with the pie chart selected. Essentially, you’ll be making this build rather athletically versatile, with above-average strength. 

In essence, it will match up well against very different players in the game: whether it’s smaller, more athletic guards, or bigger, slower forwards. 

Setting your potential to maximize primary skills

In terms of setting your player’s potential, it is recommended that you max out their shooting ability first, upgrading the mid-range and three-point shot first, followed by the free throw. The key here is to get your ten shooting badges. 

Next, finishing should be the area of focus. Since this is a wing build, standing dunk and post-hook aren’t a priority. 

Instead, it is recommended that you allocate attribute points to close shot, driving layup, and driving dunk, as these attributes will help your player to be an excellent finisher at the rim and in transition. This will also help your player get as many finishing badges as possible. 

Once that’s done, the focus should be on applying attribute points to ball handling and pass accuracy. After that, apply enough upgrade points to post moves to obtain your ten playmaking badges. 

With a 71 ball handle, this build should be a better playmaker than most builds at the small forward or power forward position.

Finally, the remaining attributes can be added to defense and rebounding. Essentially, you will have enough attribute points to max out most defensive categories. 

To maximize your badge count, it is best to max out every defensive category besides interior defense. This should give your build the maximum defensive badge count at nine.

Although defense and rebounding is only a secondary skill for this build, it now has the ability to equip very overpowering badges like Rebound Chaser and Intimidator at the Gold level, making this build a rather effective defender against bigger players in the paint.  

Best height for a well-rounded SF

In terms of height, it is best to keep your height to 6’7’’. From the testing done in the 2K Lab, there aren’t too many benefits from bringing your height up or down from here.

By adjusting from a 6’7’’ build, you are either sacrificing too much strength and defensive attributes or losing too much speed and shooting ability as a small forward.  

Even though your default position is a small forward, 6’7’’ gives this build the versatility to be moved to the PF position if needed. At this height, your ball handling and shooting ability will give most forwards that you face matchup problems. 

Meanwhile, on squads with bigger teammates, your player will contribute to the height and strength advantage over smaller players.

Best weight for a well-rounded small forward

In terms of weight, it is recommended that you increase it to 230lbs. Doing so will increase your player’s strength without sacrificing any attribute ratings. 

Furthermore, increasing the weight will reduce your player’s speed too much, to below 70. Meanwhile, decreasing your player’s weight will severely decrease its strength and ability to be effective in the paint. 

For this particular build, 230lbs appears to be the sweet spot, as none of the major attribute ratings are sacrificed. 

Best wingspan for a well-rounded small forward

In terms of wingspan, there is some flexibility here. You can adjust it to your liking by increasing it to fit your playstyle. 

However, from the research done in the 2K Lab, increasing the wingspan decreases your player’s shooting and strength. Meanwhile, decreasing your wingspan by one inch gives you a minus-one rating in over four defensive categories. 

So, it is probably best to leave the wingspan at the default length of 84.0’’. As shown in the picture above, with an 84.0’’ wingspan, your player will maintain a very balanced attribute setup. It’ll feature physical ratings in the 70s, shooting over 75, and ball handle and pass accuracy over 70.

Picking your SF build’s takeover

With this build, you have the ability to choose between four different takeovers: Slasher, Spot Up Shooter, Playmaker, and Shot Creator. 

All takeovers have their own benefits, and there isn’t a drawback to choosing one over another. So, it is recommended that you pick the one that you think best suits your playstyle. 

For example, Spot Up Shooter is a great takeover if you feel like you will use this player as a catch-and-shoot player more often. Meanwhile, Playmaker may be the better choice if you plan to be one of your team’s primary ball handlers. 

Your completed well-rounded wing build

In terms of player build comparison, this build creates a well-rounded wing with shades of John Havlicek, Gordon Hayward, and T.J Warren once fully upgraded. 

Overall, it is a well-rounded player without any major weakness. It’s perhaps one of the more versatile builds in the game that can seamlessly fit in well with very different types of teammates. 

By following the steps above, you’ll have the makings of a top-class, well-rounded wing in NBA 2K21. 


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C.P Ching

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