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NBA 2K22 is a basketball simulation video-game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the 23rd installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K21.

The game boasts improved gameplay mechanics from years past. Among the features reworked were shot logic, contested shots, and defense.

Features

Shot Meter

NBA 2K22 has an improved shot meter, with a bigger shot window. Coupled with shot timing, and shot logic, players will see a higher percentage of their shots go in this year .

Defense

Defense has been completely reworked in NBA 2K22. The AI has been reworked so shooters must be properly positioned before getting shots off.

MyCAREER

MyCareer is the Story mode of NBA 2K22.

On next gen, MyCAREER follows The City's newest resident, MP. MP is known for his million-follower fanbase thanks to his viral YouTube channel. Now though, people want to know what's next for the social media sensation who's earnings are barely keeping him afloat as his friend-manager, Ricky works behind the scenes to get endorsement deals and opportunities, on the corporate side of the NBA and the lifestyle side. Can MP build the life he wants he wants? To play NBA ball, work on music, and develop his street ball skills off the court? Start MP in College, sign to the G-League, declare for the draft, or do all in a row! The choice is yours.

Neighborhoods

The City

The City returns bigger, more alive, brimming with quests, and is seamlessly integrated into MP's story.

Concha Del Mar

MyPlayers have left the sunny coast of 2K Beach, and officially welcome you aboard Concha Del Mar! This multi-deck cruise ship features basketball courts available at your convenience, But, maybe...you want to change your look? The all-new Promenade deck has everything you need to get the latest drip! Perhaps, you're seeking some Pro competition? Luckily, Pro-Am has you covered! And when you aren't breaking ankles on the court, perfect your shot with the customizable MyCOURT.

MyHub

"Yo MP! Ricky here. A busy man needs to see his schedule at all times! That's why I set up the MyHub app in your living room. It's connected to your phone, so checking any quest objectives, or social messages becomes a breeze. As you progress, your MyHub will become more active, but you've gotta put the work in first!"

MyWNBA

Take on the role of a WNBA rookie! Work on your game, become a household name on and off the court and retire a WNBA legend!

The W Online

Show out against competition across the world in a 3v3 pickup game.

MyTEAM

MyTEAM returns in NBA 2K22.

This mode can be accessed from the main menu. Alternatively, it can be accessed from within MyCAREER; by going to Pink Diamond Plaza, or MyTeam Theater.

The $250,000 MyTEAM Tournament is featured across all console generations this year.

Controls


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On-Ball Defense

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Controls
Move Player LS LS
Hands Up RS RS
Player Swap X A
Take Charge O B
Block/Rebound Triangle Y
Steal Square X
Sprint R2 RT
Icon Swap R1 RB
Double Team L1 LB
Intense Defense L2 LT
Intentional Foul Touch Pad Back Button
On the Fly Coaching Arrow Pad Arrow Pad

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Off-Ball Defense

Action PS4 & PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Move Player LS LS
On Ball Steal RS RS
Player Swap X A
Take Charge O B
Block/Rebound Triangle Y
Steal Square X
Sprint R2 RT
Icon Swap R1 RB
Double Team L1 LB
Intense Defense L2 LT
Intentional Foul Touch Pad Back Button
On the Fly Coaching Arrow Pad Aarrow Pad

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On-Ball Offense

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Pass X A
Bounce Pass Circle B
Lob Pass Triangle Y
Shoot Square or  RS X or RS
Sprint R2 RT
Icon Pass R1 (choose receiver) RB (choose receiver)
Call Timeout /

Coaches Challenge

Touch Pad Back Button
Move Player LS LS
Pro Stick RS RS
On the Fly Coaching Arrow-Pad Arrow-Pad
Call Play L1 LB
Post Up L2 LT

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Off-Ball Offense

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Call For Pass X A
Quick Screen O B
Tell Teammate To Shoot Square X
Call For Alley-oop Triangle Y
Sprint R2 RT
Call Timeout /

Coach’s Challenge

Touch Pad Back Button
Call for Screen L1 LB
Post Up L2 LT
On the Fly Coaching Arrow-Pad Arrow-Pad
Move Player LS LS
Pro Stick RS RS

Dribble Moves

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Signature Size-up Move & hold RS stick up from a standing dribble Move & hold RS up from a standing dribble
Signature Park Size-up Repeatedly tap L2 from a stand dribble Repeatedly tap LT from a stand dribble
In and Out Move RS right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand. Move RS up right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand
Hesitation Move the RS then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move the RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Hesitation R2 + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand RT + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation Escape Move and hold RS right when dribbling with right hand Move and hold RS right when dribbling with right hand
Crossover When dribbling with the right hand. Move RS up left then quickly release When dribbling with the right hand. Move RS up left then quickly release
Momentum Crossover R2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand R2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover Escape When dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up left When dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up left
Between Legs Cross Move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Between Legs Cross R2 + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand RT + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs Escape Move and hold RS left when dribbling with right hand Move and hold RS left when dribbling with right hand
Behind the Back Move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Behind the Back R2 + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand RT + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind the Back Escape When dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down left When dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down left
Stepback Move RS down then quickly release Move RS down then quickly release
Momentum Stepback R2 + move RS down then quickly release R2 + move RT down then quickly release
Spin Rotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right hand Rotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right hand
Half Spin Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hard Stop / Stutter Tap L2 while driving for a quick change of speed Tap LT while driving for a quick change of speed
Hold Off Defenders Hold L2 Hold LT

Passing Controls

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Normal Pass Press X Press A
Bounce Pass Press O Press B
Lob Pass Press Triangle Press Y
Skip Pass Hold X to target a receiver further away Hold A to target a receiver further away
Fake Pass Triangle + O while standing or driving to the basket B + Y while standing or driving to the basket
Jump Pass Square + X while standing or driving to the basket A + X while standing or driving to the basket
Icon Pass Press R1 then press the icon button of the desired receiver Press RB then press the icon button of the desired receiver
Flashy Pass Double tap O Double tap B to pass
Alley-oop Double tap Triangle Double tap Y
Alley-oop to Self Double tap triangle + move LS to the hoop Double tap Y + move LS to the hoop
Lead to Basket Pass Press & hold triangle to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass. Press & hold Y to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass.
Full Receiver Control Press & hold O to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release O to pass. Press & hold B to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release B to pass.
Touch Pass Press X before the first receiver gets the ball (Use LS to select the second receiver) Press A before the first receiver gets the ball (Use LS to select the second receiver)
Pro Stick Pass Press & hold R1 + move RS in the desired pass direction Press & hold RB + move RS in the desired pass direction
Give and Go Press & hold X until the receiver catches the ball. Hold X & use LS to move the initial passer. Release X to get the ball back Press & hold A until the receiver catches the ball. Hold A & use LS to move initial passer. Release A to get the ball back.
Rolling Inbound Press triangle during baseline inbounds Press Y during baseline inbounds

Shooting Controls & Dunks

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Jump Shot Press & hold Square then release Press & hold Y then release
Free Throw Press & hold square then release(when at the line) Press and hold Y then release(when at the line)
Layup Move & hold RS up(when driving) Move & hold RS up(when driving)
Runner / Floater Move & hold RS down while driving Move & hold RS down while driving
Reverse Layup Move & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline) Move & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline)
Euro Step Layup Double tap square while driving & hold LS towards the off hand Double tap Y while driving & hold the LS towards the off hand
Cradle Layup Double tap square when driving & hold LS towards the ball hand Double tap Y when driving & hold LS towards the ball hand
Two-Hand Dunk R2 + move & hold RS up while driving to basket RT + move & hold RS up while driving to basket
Dominant or Off-Hand Dunk R2 + move & hold RS up, left or right in close range RT + move & hold RS up, left or right in close range
Flashy Dunk R2 + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunk RT + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunk
Pump Fake Tap Square Tap Y
Hop Gather Tap Square while dribbling with L deflected Tap Y while dribbling with L deflected
Spin Gather Hold R2 + double tap Square Hold RT + double tap Y
Half Spin Gather Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right hand Rotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right hand
Step Through Near basket, pump fake, then press & hold square Near basket, pump fake, then press & hold Y
Putback Press square when attempting an offensive rebound Press Y when attempting an offensive rebound

Post Offense Controls

Press and hold (L2 – PS4) / (LT – Xbox One) button to post up.

Action PS4 and PS5 Controls Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S Controls
Dropstep Hold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap Square Hold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap X
Spin or Drive Rotate RS to either shoulder Rotate RS to either shoulder
Jab Stepback Hold R2 & move RS up then quickly release. Hold RT & move RS up then quickly release.
Straight Stepback Hold R2 & move RS down then quickly release. Hold RT & move RS down then quickly release.
Post Layup Move LS toward hoop + hold RS up left or up right Move LS toward hoop + hold RS up left or up right
Post Hook With LS on neutral, move & hold RS up left or up right. With LS on neutral, move & hold RS up left or up right.
Post Fade Move & hold RS left or right away from the hoop Move & hold RS left or right away from the hoop
Post Shimmy Fade With LS neutral, hold R2 + move & hold RS down left or down right With LS neutral, hold RT + move & hold RS down left or down right
Post Shimmy Hook With LS neutral, hold R2 + move & hold RS up left or up right With LS neutral, hold RT + move & hold RS up left or up right
Post Hop Move & hold LS left, right or down then tap square Move & hold LS left, right or down then tap X
Up and Under Use RS to pump fake, then let go of L2 and quickly move & hold RS again before the pump fake ends Use RS to pump fake, then let go of LT and quickly move & hold RS again before the pump fake ends
Dunk Attempt Hold R2 & move LS + RS up. Hold RT & move LS + RS up.
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