NBA 2K20: All the OP MyPlayer Archetypes for each position – C, SG, SF, PF, PG

Building the best player possible in MyCareer means finding the style that best suits you.


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.

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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.

ArchetypeComparisonSkillsBadges
Sharpshooting PlaymakerChris PaulPassing & Ball Handling, 3PT ShootingAcrobat, Limitless Range, Pick Dodger, Ankle Breaker, One Man Fastbreak
Playmaking SharpshooterSteph Curry3PT Shooting, Passing & Ball-HandlingBreak Starter, Flashy Passer, Relentless Finisher, Corner Specialist, Catch & Shoot
Shot-Creating SharpshooterKyle Lowry3PT Shooting, Shot CreatingAcrobat, Putback King, Dimer, Post Spin Technician, Difficult Shots
Shot-Creating SlasherRussell WestbrookDriving & Finishing, Shot CreatingPosterizer, Quick Reflexes, Timeless Scorer, Pick Dodger, Lob City Passer
Playmaking Shot-CreatorRajon RondoShot Creating, Passing & Ball-HandlingAcrobat, 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.

ArchetypeComparison Skills Badges
Pure Sharpshooter  Klay Thompson3PT ShootingCatch & Shoot, Limitless Range, Charge Card, Pick & Popper, Up & Under Specialist  
Sharpshooting Shot CreatorJames HardenShot Creating, 3PT ShootingCatch & Shoot, Limitless Range, Posterizer, Pick & Popper, Flashy Passer, One Man Fastbreak  
Pure Lockdown DefenderPatrick BeverleyDefendingBruiser, Defensive Stopper, Pick Dodger, Putback King, Hustle Rebounder
Two Way SlasherDeMar DeRozanDriving & Finishing, DefendingBreak Starter, Brick Wall, Rim Protector, Relentless Finisher, Quick Reflexes
Slashing Shot CreatorJaylen BrownShot Creating, DrivingPost 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.

Archetype ComparisonSkillsBadges
Pure Lockdown DefenderRobert CovingtonDefendingPick Dodger, Bruiser, Defensive Stopper, Chase Down Artist, Putback King, Tireless Scorer
Two Way SharpshooterJimmy Butler3PT Shooting, DefendingRim protector, relentless finisher, catch and shoot, pick pocket, up and under specialist
Shot Creating SharpshooterKevin Durant3PT Shooting, Shot CreatingDifficult Shots, Dimer, Acrobat, Mid-Range Deadeye, Post Drop-Stepper
Slashing DefenderGiannis AntetkounmpoDefending, DrivingPick Pocket, Posterizer, Hustle Rebounder, Free Throw Ace, Putback King, Bruiser
Sharpshooting SlasherKawhi LeonardDriving & Finishing, 3PT ShootingPutback 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.

Archetype ComparisonSkillsBadges
Sharpshooting RebounderDirk Nowitzki Rebounding, 3PT ShootingDifficult Shots, Hustle Rebounder, Charge Card, Pick & Popper, Lob City Finisher
Slashing Stretch 4LeBron James3PT Shooting, Driving & FinishingBruiser, Acrobat, Hustle Rebounder,  Quick Reflexes, Putback King, Relentless Finisher
Shot Creating Post ScorerBlake GriffinPost Scoring, Shot CreatingBreak Starter, Putback King, Posterizer, Lob City Passer, One Man Fastbreak
Two Way Athletic FinisherDremond GreenDefending, Driving & FinishingHustle Rebounder, Break Starter, Rim Protector, Lob City Finisher, Pick & Roller
Sharpshooting Rim ProtectorLaMarcus AldridgeDefending, 3PT ShootingUp & 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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Center (C)

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).

Archetype Comparison SkillsBadges
Pure Glas CleanerRudy GobertReboundingBruiser, Hustle Rebounder, Relentless Finisher, Pick Pocket, Post Spin Technician, Up & Under Specialist
Pure Rim ProtectorClint CapelaDefendingDefensive Stopper, Chase Down Artist, Brick Wall, Posterizer, Rim Protector
Sharpshooting RebounderAl HorfordRebounding, 3PT ShootingLob City Finisher, Hustle Rebounder, Defensive Stopper, Tireless Scorer, Putback King
Rebounding Post ScorerMarc GasolPost Scoring, ReboundingChase Down Artist, Dimer, Post Spin Technician, Brick Wall, Bruiser
Rebounding Athletic FinisherAnthony DavisDriving & Finishing, ReboundingBreak 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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