NBA 2K21 offers a various set of different offensive controls such as individual key hits for shoots, passes, dribbles and post offensive moves. This Guide will show you a list of all NBA 2K21 offensive controls and their key combinations.

Pro Stick Changes in NBA 2K21
An important change are the mechanix of the Pro Stick in NBA 2K21. The Pro Stick does not only support the shoot system anymore, the dribbling moves has been attached as well. Here is the full list of changes :

  • Jump Shot – Hold RS down
  • Escape dribble moves – Hold RS left or right
  • Signature size-ups – Hold RS up
  • Quick 1-to-1 dribble moves – Tap the RS
  • Quick momentum dribble moves – Tap the RS with Sprint held

 

Changes to Shooting, Pick & Roll Maneuver and Changing Screen Location

Changes to Shooting

  • Shot Stick Aiming returns.
  • Better focus on Shot Aiming with a visual system.
  • The shooting button offers a limited control but it is still available.
  • A better bar with more dynamic, depending on distance from the rim, ability and surrounding of players.

 

Pick & Roll Maneuver

Hold L1 once your get in a preferred area of the court.
This will give you the chance to call your teammate for the setup, it will appear a little pop-up option and your teammate will move up to provide a pick on the defender close the ball handler. Then wait for the player, set the pick to roll and he will move towards the basket. For passing quickly the moving teammate press the X button.

You can also do a pick and fade by doing the following:
Hold L1 as before for call for the pick, your teammate will move in the position, now hold R1 while still holding L1.

Changing Screen Location

It is possible in NBA 2K21 to switch the side, your teammate will set a pick for you on. For changing this, see the following commands:

  • Hold L1 during handling the ball and call for pick up.
  • Pressing on the Left Stick adjusts the pick to be set on the right or the left side of the opponent defending the ball handler.

 

NBA 2K21 Offensive Moves Overview

This List will give you an overview of the best moves while in the opponents half of the court. The List contains offensive-, shooting-, dribbling and passing controls, it doesn’t matter which situation you are.

Shooting Controls

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

 

Dribbling Controls

Move Explanation
Behind the Back 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
Behind the Back Escape When dribbling with right hand, move and hold RS down left
Between Legs Cross Move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover 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
Crossover Escape When dribbling with right hand move and hold RS up left
Hard Stop Tap L2 while driving for a quick change of speed
Hold off Defenders Hold L2
In and Out Move RS right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand.
Signature Size-Up Combo Move and hold RS stick up from a standing dribble
Spin Rotate the RS clockwise then quickly and 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
Hesitation Move the RS then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Hesitation R2 + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation Escape Move and hold RS right when dribbling with right hand
Stepback Move RS down then quickly release
Momentum Stepback R2 + move RS down then quickly release

 

Passing Controls

Move Explanation
Alley-Oop Pass Double tap Triangle
Alley-Oop to Self Double tap triangle + move LS to the hoop
Bounce Pass Press O
Fake Pass Triangle + O while standing or driving to the basket
Flashy Pass Double tap O
Give and Go Press and hold X until the receiver catches the ball.
Hold X and use LS to move the initial passer.
Release X to get the ball back
Icon Pass Press R1 then press the icon button of the desired receiver
Jump Pass Square + X while standing or driving to the basket
Lead to Basket Pass Press and hold triangle to make the selected receiver cut to the basket, then Release to pass
Normal Pass Press X
Rolling Inbound Press triangle during baseline inbounds
Skip Pass Hold X to target a receiver further away
Touch Pass Press X before the first receiver gets the ball. Use LS to select the second receiver
Pro Stick Pass Press and hold R1 + move RS in the desired pass direction
Full Receiver Control Press and hold O to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release O to pass.

Post Offense Controls

Move Explanation
Dropstep Hold LS to the left or right toward hoop, then tap Square
Spin or Drive Rotate RS to either shoulder
Post Fade Move and hold RS left or right away from the hoop
Post Shimmy Fade With LS neutral, hold R2 + move and hold RS down left or down right
Post Hook With LS on neutral and hold RS up left or up right
Post Shimmy Hook With LS neutral, hold R2 + move and hold RS up left or up right
Post Hop Move & hold LS left, right or down then tap square
Up and Under Use RS to pump fake, then let go of L2 and quickly move and hold RS again before the pump fake ends
Spin or Drive Rotate RS to either shoulder
Straight Stepback Hold R2 and move RS down then quickly release
Jab Stepback Hold R2 and move RS up then quickly release
Dunk Attempt Hold R2 and move LS + RS up

Written by: Tom Binsack

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