Which Archetype should you select for your MyPlayer? It’s the most important decision you will make in NBA 2K20. Choose from a list of specific traits to compliment your play style and control how your player will grow on the court.
There are endless variations of skills that you can apply to your player, so we have refined the list to the 5 best archetypes for each position, shedding light on the traits and badges that your player can work unlock.
Point Guard (PG)
Point guards are expected to run the team’s offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time.
|Sharpshooting Playmaker||Chris Paul||Passing & Ball Handling, 3PT Shooting||Acrobat, Limitless Range, Pick Dodger, Ankle Breaker, One Man Fastbreak|
|Playmaking Sharpshooter||Steph Curry||3PT Shooting, Passing & Ball-Handling||Break Starter, Flashy Passer, Relentless Finisher, Corner Specialist, Catch & Shoot|
|Shot-Creating Sharpshooter||Kyle Lowry||3PT Shooting, Shot Creating||Acrobat, Putback King, Dimer, Post Spin Technician, Difficult Shots|
|Shot-Creating Slasher||Russell Westbrook||Driving & Finishing, Shot Creating||Posterizer, Quick Reflexes, Timeless Scorer, Pick Dodger, Lob City Passer|
|Playmaking Shot-Creator||Rajon Rondo||Shot Creating, Passing & Ball-Handling||Acrobat, Dimer, Mid-Range Deadeye, One Man Fastbreak|
Of these 5 archetypes, you should use Shot-Creating Slashers the most; something about their raw power being exercised with their quick reflexes and athleticism makes these types of players a dream to play with.
Defenders are often flat footed by this type of player, as they can score in the paint and pull up from virtually anywhere on the court.
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Shooting Guard (SG)
A shooting guard’s main objective is to score points for their team and steal the ball in defence, but some of the more gifted ball handlers are asked to bring the ball up the court well.
|Pure Sharpshooter||Klay Thompson||3PT Shooting||Catch & Shoot, Limitless Range, Charge Card, Pick & Popper, Up & Under Specialist|
|Sharpshooting Shot Creator||James Harden||Shot Creating, 3PT Shooting||Catch & Shoot, Limitless Range, Posterizer, Pick & Popper, Flashy Passer, One Man Fastbreak|
|Pure Lockdown Defender||Patrick Beverley||Defending||Bruiser, Defensive Stopper, Pick Dodger, Putback King, Hustle Rebounder|
|Two Way Slasher||DeMar DeRozan||Driving & Finishing, Defending||Break Starter, Brick Wall, Rim Protector, Relentless Finisher, Quick Reflexes|
|Slashing Shot Creator||Jaylen Brown||Shot Creating, Driving||Post Spin Technician, Hustle Rebounder, One Man Fastbreak, Flashy Passer|
Sharpshooting Shot Creators are arguably the most useful of all these archetypes, as they blend the roles of PG and SG together most effectively.
A good shooting guard will consistently knock down shots for their team, but a great shooting guard will score points while contributing to their team’s scoring.
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Small Forward (SF)
The small forward is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five basketball positions, tasked with bridging the gap between the smaller guards and bigger forwards.
|Pure Lockdown Defender||Robert Covington||Defending||Pick Dodger, Bruiser, Defensive Stopper, Chase Down Artist, Putback King, Tireless Scorer|
|Two Way Sharpshooter||Jimmy Butler||3PT Shooting, Defending||Rim protector, relentless finisher, catch and shoot, pick pocket, up and under specialist|
|Shot Creating Sharpshooter||Kevin Durant||3PT Shooting, Shot Creating||Difficult Shots, Dimer, Acrobat, Mid-Range Deadeye, Post Drop-Stepper|
|Slashing Defender||Giannis Antetkounmpo||Defending, Driving||Pick Pocket, Posterizer, Hustle Rebounder, Free Throw Ace, Putback King, Bruiser|
|Sharpshooting Slasher||Kawhi Leonard||Driving & Finishing, 3PT Shooting||Putback King, Limitless Range, Chase Down Artist, Acrobat, Quick Reflexes, Tear Dropper|
The styles with which small forwards gain their points vary widely.
Some players in the position are very accurate shooters, some prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, and others are slashers who also possess jump shots.
Using Slashing Defenders is most valuable, as they offer the most protection around the paint, while providing an element of flair to their team’s offence.
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Power Forward (PF)
Power forwards’s typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves under the basket in a zone defense, or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense.
|Sharpshooting Rebounder||Dirk Nowitzki||Rebounding, 3PT Shooting||Difficult Shots, Hustle Rebounder, Charge Card, Pick & Popper, Lob City Finisher|
|Slashing Stretch 4||LeBron James||3PT Shooting, Driving & Finishing||Bruiser, Acrobat, Hustle Rebounder, Quick Reflexes, Putback King, Relentless Finisher|
|Shot Creating Post Scorer||Blake Griffin||Post Scoring, Shot Creating||Break Starter, Putback King, Posterizer, Lob City Passer, One Man Fastbreak|
|Two Way Athletic Finisher||Dremond Green||Defending, Driving & Finishing||Hustle Rebounder, Break Starter, Rim Protector, Lob City Finisher, Pick & Roller|
|Sharpshooting Rim Protector||LaMarcus Aldridge||Defending, 3PT Shooting||Up & Under Specialist, Limitless Range, Chase Down Artist, Charge Card, Tireless Scorer|
The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding.
Many power forwards are also known for their mid-range jump-shots, with several players becoming very accurate from 12 to 18 feet. The Two Way Athletic Finisher is the most dangerous of all these archetypes, as they possess all the most important traits of a big man in conjunction with the handles of a 6’5″ guard.
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The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass to match (the average centre in the NBA is 6’10” and weighs roughly 240lbs).
|Pure Glas Cleaner||Rudy Gobert||Rebounding||Bruiser, Hustle Rebounder, Relentless Finisher, Pick Pocket, Post Spin Technician, Up & Under Specialist|
|Pure Rim Protector||Clint Capela||Defending||Defensive Stopper, Chase Down Artist, Brick Wall, Posterizer, Rim Protector|
|Sharpshooting Rebounder||Al Horford||Rebounding, 3PT Shooting||Lob City Finisher, Hustle Rebounder, Defensive Stopper, Tireless Scorer, Putback King|
|Rebounding Post Scorer||Marc Gasol||Post Scoring, Rebounding||Chase Down Artist, Dimer, Post Spin Technician, Brick Wall, Bruiser|
|Rebounding Athletic Finisher||Anthony Davis||Driving & Finishing, Rebounding||Break Starter, Defensive Stopper, Pick Dodger, Rim Protector, Posterizer, Hustle Rebounder|
The center position used to be the most important to fill for any NBA team, with Bill Russell and George Mikan being centerpieces of championship dynasties throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
However, with basketball becoming increasingly perimeter-oriented in recent decades, there are new ways for centers to stand out. Sharpshooting Rebounders like Al Horford, who posesss great defensive abilities and a reliable mid-range jumper, are the ideal fit for the center position in current times.
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