NBA 2K19 Badges List: Badge requirements and how to unlock them all

Our guide explains what each badge does and how to earn them ALL on NBA 2K19.


Badges play an important role in building your player in MyCareer mode. When creating your player, you can gain and upgrade certain attributes that help you with different situations. These badges help to upgrade and accent your playstyle, whether it’s through giving you a wider margin for error, physically giving your player a boost, or ensuring that you win a contest at the rim. However, these badges can be difficult to unlock. We wanted to provide you with a quick guide on how you can achieve these hard to unlock boosts. So, here’s how to start unlocking those badges for your MyCareer player.

Badge Categories

To start, there are a few categories of badges. These badges will generally fall into offensive badges and defensive badges. 

Offensive badge categories are:

  • Outside Scoring

  • Inside Scoring

  • Athleticism

  • Playmaking

Defensive badge categories are:

  • Rebounding

  • Defense

Many of these can be unlocked through the training facilities.

Earning Badges

To earn the badges, certain requirements must be met. These can be simple activities, from things like taking a shot in a game, to pulling off difficult maneuvers.

With MyCareer mode, these will not come easily. Each player can only level up badges a certain amount depending on their primary and secondary skill. You need to take into consideration how you play, and how much time you are willing to put into the grind for those badges. For instance, getting 8 badges to gold ranking may take exponentially more time than getting 11 badges to silver rank due to the experience needed.

NBA 2K19 Badges List & Requirements

Here is the list for all the badges, and how they are earned. These are listed based on your class of badge.

Defense

Defensive Stopper

Lowers the power of any offensive skills that are used in a defensive match-up. 

How to earn the Defensive Stopper badge

Earned through constant defensive plays, such as “Good Shot Defense” and “Stop Fastbreak” in teammate ratings.

Pick Dodger

Increases your chances and skill of rolling off of a screen by the offense. 

How to earn the Pick Dodger badge

This badge is earned through fighting through a screen with turbo multiple times.

Charge Card

Allows you to take a charge from an opponent more effectively. 

How to earn the Charge Card badge

Earned by taking charges repeatedly

Rim Protector

Allows for an improved awareness when around the rim on defense. 

How to earn the Rim Protector badge

Earned by constant play.

Chase Down Artist

Speeds up player’s transition from offense to defense. 

How to earn the Chase Down Artist badge

Earned by transitioning quickly to defense and stuffing any fast breaks.

Rebounding

Hustle Rebounder

Increases the aggressiveness of chasing a rebound. 

How to earn the Hustle Rebounder badge

Earned by getting 70 offensive and 250 defensive rebounds during your career.

Athleticism

Brick Wall

Increases the chance of an effective screen. 

How to earn the Brick Wall badge

Must properly execute 100 screens in a single season.

Posterizer

Give yourself an advantage in dunking when against defenders.

How to earn the Posterizer badge

Earned by making at least 15 contact dunks in one season.

Bruiser

Deplete your direct opponent’s energy and stamina.

How to earn the Bruiser badge

There is no direct way to get this Badge.

One Man Fast Break

Have a better chance of scoring on a fast break.

How to earn the One Man Fast Break badge

Earned by scoring 100 times while on a fast break.

Lob City Finisher

More likely to make an alley-oop. 

How to earn the Lob City badge

Earned by making at least 15 lobs, dunks, or layups in a season.

Inside Scorer

Putback King

Improves your ability to have more awareness when rebounding the ball on offense.

How to earn the Putback King badge

Earned by scoring putbacks.

Tear Dropper

Increases accuracy of your running and floating shots

How to earn the Tear Dropper badge

Earned by making at least 50 floating shots.

Acrobat

Gain the ability to attempt more acrobatic shots and change up your shot in the air.

How to earn the Acrobat badge

Must make, in one season, at least 15 reverse layups and 5 change-shot layups.

Pick and Roller

Increases your offensive awareness of where the roller is when executing the play.

How to earn the Pick and Roller badge

Must call and complete 100 pick-and-rolls during a single season.

Post Spin Technician

Allows you to become more dominant in the post position.

How to earn the Post Spin Technician badge

Earned by spinning out or driving out of the post at least 100 times in a single season.

Relentless Finisher

You will not lose energy as much when making a physical hit on a contact shot or dunk.

How to earn the Relentless Finisher badge

Earned by at least attempting 75 contact dunks and/or layups.

Dream-Like Up and Under

Increases scoring ability while in the post from an up and under move.

How to earn the Dream-Like Up and Under badge

Must at least attempt 50 up and under shots in a single season.

Drop-Stepper

Increases the chances of a drop-step being effective in a post.

How to earn the Drop-Stepper badge

Must attempt to execute at least 30 drop step moves.

Outside Scorer

Corner Specialist

Increases the accuracy of 3pt shots from the corner position.

How to earn the Corner Specialist badge

Must make at least 25 3pt shots in a single season.

Difficult shots

Increases accuracy of tough shots with off dribble percentages.

How to earn the Difficult shots badge

Earned by making at least 100-200 pull and hop shots that are contested in some way or form.

Mid-Range Deadeye

Increases accuracy of medium-range shots.

How to earn the Mid-Range Deadeye badge

Earned by making at least 150-200 shots from inside the paint from the elbow while the shot is being contested.

Deep Range Deadeye

Improves the shot accuracy of Deep Range Shots.

How to earn the Deep Range Deadeye badge

Earned by hitting at least 100 deep range shots while you are being contested.

Limitless Range

Increases deep 3pt percentage accuracy.

How to earn the Limitless Range badge

Make at least 50 long range shots behind the hashmark.

Pick and Popper

Increases the receiving accuracy of a pick and pop.

How to earn the Pick and Popper badge

Earned by scoring at least 200 times as the pick and pop player.

Playmaker

Flashy Passer

Improves the quality of the passes between receivers.

How to earn the Flashy Passer badge

Must complete 50 flashy passes in a single season.

Ankle Breaker

Increases the strength of an ankle breaker when dribbling against an opponent.

How to earn the Ankle Breaker badge

Earned by completing 200 “double move leading to a score” moves in a single season.

Pick and Roll Maestro

Increases accuracy of passes and shooting off of the screen when initiating the pick and roll.

How to earn the Pick and Roll Maestro badge

Earned by calling for at least 150 screens in one season.

Break Starter

Increase the execution rate of outlet passes after starting a fast break.

How to earn the Break Starter badge

Earned by successfully getting a defensive rebound, then throwing a successful outlet pass to a teammate in transition at least 50 times in one season.

Dimer

Player is upgraded to an “Elite Passer”, and increases the possibility of passing to a player in the right position to score.

How to earn the Dimer badge

Earned by getting at least 300 assists in a single season.

Lob City Passer

Improves the ability to make an alley-oop in any situation.

How to earn the Lob City Passer badge

Earned by attempting at least 50 alley-oops in a single season.

As you can see, there are quite a few badges that you can earn. But, it needs to be known that most of the badges can be upgraded into certain tiers, depending on your position. For instance, a guard may be able to upgrade their Dimer badge to gold tier if the player grinds enough. So, never stop trying to get those badges!

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