NBA 2K22: Best Small Forward (SF) Builds and Tips

These are the best small forward (SF) builds in NBA 2K22, enabling you to stand out on the floor.


Small forwards are crucial to the success of any NBA team. Many gamers utilize small forward as a utility position that can create their own shot while being the lead on defense. Now, the most popular position in NBA 2K is back with even more player builds at your disposal.

Here, we present to you the very best small-forward builds to help you get an edge over your opponents.


Choosing the best small forward builds (SF) in NBA 2K22

The small forward is more versatile than ever in NBA 2K22. Many of the forwards today can interchange between playing the three or four position, depending on the need of the game.

As such, many of 2K’s badges and signature moves are only available for small forwards due to their mix of physical and technical traits on the ball. Our choices here utilize this, creating the most overpowered SF builds in NBA 2K22.

1. Two-Way Slasher

  • Top Attributes: 99 Close Shot, 99 Driving Layup, 99 Driving Dunk
  • Top Secondary Attributes: 99 Free-Throw, 99 Vertical, 99 Stamina
  • Height, Weight, and Wingspan: 6’5’‘, 178lbs, Maximum Wingspan
  • Takeover Badge: Slasher

The Two-Way Slasher returns in NBA 2K22 by being a dominant slasher and defender all in one. They are physical specimens that can cover any player on the court, and can be trusted for points in the paint.


Their high finishing and defending ratings put them in a position to have multiple 90 overall attributes. They have to sacrifice some overall points in their ball-handling and shooting as your player will focus on making an impact without the ball.

Similar players of this build include Jaylen Brown and R.J. Barrett.

2. Two-Way Three-Point Shot Creator

  • Top Attributes: 99 Close Shot, 99 Driving Layup, 99 Driving Dunk
  • Top Secondary Attributes: 99 Stamina, 96 Steal, 95 Perimeter Defense
  • Height, Weight, and Wingspan: 6’6’‘, 180lbs, 7’0’‘
  • Takeover Badge: Limitless Range

The Two-Way Three-Point Shot Creator is one of the newest builds in NBA 2K22. This could possibly be the most popular build yet, with three-point shooting especially effective in this game. The build gives gamers a perfect chance to be a three-and-D player who can put up points while being a force on defense as well.


The build allows your MyPlayer to make use of your physical assets while having the touch of a sharpshooter. Players here will have lesser ball-handling, and finishing ratings as more points will be allocated to maximizing their strengths.

Very familiar comparisons for this build include Khris Middleton and Mikal Bridges.

3. Point Forward

  • Top Attributes: 99 Close Shot, 99 Driving Layup, 99 Driving Dunk
  • Top Secondary Attributes: 99 Stamina, 99 Vertical, 99 Steal
  • Height, Weight, and Wingspan: 6’5’‘, 175lbs, 7’2’’
  • Takeover Badge: Lockdown Defender

This SF build could quite possibly be the most underrated in NBA 2K22. The Point Forward is a build catered to many of the game’s best forwards, who are franchise cornerstones in real life. They have the perfect blend of size, strength, speed, and ball-handling to carry a team to the Championship.

The Point Forward is an all-around build that offers you ratings from all categories in MyPlayer. This also allows small forwards to play the role of a point guard as an oversized floor general. They don’t have any apparent specialties, though, as most of your upgrade points will be spread across all categories.

All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Ingram are fine examples of this build: the two superstars perfectly showcase the capabilities of a point forward in NBA 2K22.

4. Facilitating Three-Level Two-Way

  • Top Attributes: 99 Close Shot, 98 Stamina, 97 Post Control
  • Top Secondary Attributes: 95 Driving Layup, 95 Free-Throw, 95 Pass Accuracy
  • Height, Weight, and Wingspan: 6’9’‘, 225lbs, 7’0’‘
  • Takeover Badge: Lockdown Defender

Facilitating Three-Level Two-Way players have the special ability to impact games in three ways: their distribution to teammates; scoring from all over the floor; and stopping the offensive team. This is a trio of strengths that few have in NBA 2K22, and they will come in handy in MyPlayer, MyPark, and other games modes.

This build is very specific to small forwards who have the rare ability to mix physical traits with their skills on the court. Their ratings lean very heavily towards the distribution, scoring, and defending attributes, all of which are in the high 80s. However, this SF build is weak in the rebounding and ball-handling departments.

Both DeMar DeRozan and Gordon Hayward embody this build.

5. All-Around Small Forward

  • Top Attributes: 99 Close Shot, 98 Stamina, 97 Free-Throw,
  • Top Secondary Attributes: 96 Pass Accuracy, 96 Driving Layup, 95 Defensive Rebound
  • Height, Weight, and Wingspan: 6’8’‘, 223lbs, 7’5’‘
  • Takeover Badge: Lockdown Defender

The All-Around Small Forward epitomizes the three-position in MyPlayer for NBA 2K22. They boast a balanced skillset of shooting, defending, playmaking, and rebounding. If used properly, this SF build can become its team’s franchise player.

These players can make an impact in the game at any moment. All-Around Small Forwards have balanced ratings, with most of them sitting in the 80 to 90 overall range. They don’t have any standout ratings, but their overall play makes up for their production on the floor.

Superstars Kevin Durant and Michael Porter Jr. are the best molds for this build; both have the overall talent to change the game at any given moment.

The flexibility of the small forward position is more evident than ever with the wide array of player builds available. The game currently leans heavily on perimeter shooting, so this could be a trend that you want to consider when picking one of the best SF builds in 2K22.

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