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09 Sep 2020

NBA 2K21: Complete Controls Guide - How to Euro Step, Alley-oop, Dunk, Rebound, Shoot, Perform Dribble Moves, Latest News & More

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Latest News - Shooting Hotfix

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Offense Controls

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On-Ball Offense

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Off-Ball Offense

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Defense

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Off-Ball Defense

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Shooting

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Dribbling

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Passing

NBA 2K21 is here, so it's time for players to make sure they fully understand all their options with the many controls.

Here's our complete controls guide for 2K's newest basketball sim.

Latest News - Shooting Hotfix

For some players, no matter which way they shot in NBA 2K21, not enough baskets were going down (and greening was much too difficult).

NBA 2K21 shot meter

SLIGHTLY OFF: It's quite hard to nail a shot in NBA 2K21, most often ending in slightly early or slightly late - but this has changed in the shooting hotfix

In response, 2K Games pushed out a shooting hotfix less than a week after NBA 2K21 launched, which eases up the new shot meter on players playing in lower difficulties, and playing anywhere outside of The Neighborhood.

You can read over what all has come in the NBA 2K21 shooting hotfix update here.

Offense Controls

Here is everything you need to know for when you have the ball in hand!

On-Ball Offense

There are two key areas within offence that you will have to master the NBA 2K21 controls.

The first is on-ball. This is used in modes where you are in control of the full team such as MyTEAM or Play Now.

Offense Controls 2K21
Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
PassXA
Bounce PassOB
Lob PassY
Shoot■ or Right Analogue StickX or Right Analogue Stick
Move PlayerLeft Analogue StickLeft Analogue Stick
Pro StickRight Analogue StickRight Analogue Stick
On The Fly CoachingD-PadD-Pad
Call PlayL1LB
Post UpL2LT
Call Timeout / Coaches ChallengeTouch PadBack Button
SprintR2RT
Icon PassPress R1 and then choose passPress RB and then choose pass

Off-Ball Offense

For modes where you control just one player - such as MyCAREER or BlackTop - there is a different set of NBA 2K21 controls for you to learn.

Here are the basics:

NBA 2K21 Off Ball Offense Controls
Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
Call For PassXA
Quick ScreenOB
Call For Alley-oopY
Tell Teammate To ShootX
Move PlayerLeft Analogue StickLeft Analogue Stick
Pro StickRight Analogue StickRight Analogue Stick
SprintR2RT
Call Timeout / Coach's ChallengeTouch PadBack Button
Call for ScreenL1LB
Post UpL2LT
On the Fly CoachingD-PadD-Pad

Defense

Like with offense, there are two areas of defense for you to master.

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Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
Player SwapXA
Take ChargeOB
Block/ReboundY
StealX
Move PlayerLeft Analogue StickLeft Analogue Stick
Hands UpRight Analogue StickRight Analogue Stick
SprintR2RT
Icon SwapR1RB
Intentional FoulTouch PadBack Button
Intense DefenseL2LT
Double TeamL1LB
On the Fly CoachingD-PadD-Pad

Off-Ball Defense

The off-ball defense controls are very similar to the standard defense controls.

Here are the main things to know:

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Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
Player SwapXA
Take ChargeOB
Block/ReboundY
StealX
Move PlayerLeft Analogue StickLeft Analogue Stick
Onball StealRight Analogue StickRight Analogue Stick
SprintR2RT
Icon SwapR1RB
Intentional FoulTouch PadBack Button
Intense DefenseL2LT
Double TeamL1LB
On the Fly CoachingD-PadD-Pad

Shooting

We have covered the basics in terms of offense and defense, but now it's time to jump into the more complex NBA 2K21 controls.

We'll start with shooting.

Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
Jump ShotPress and hold ■ then release.Press and hold Y then release
Free ThrowPress and hold ■ then release.Press and hold Y then release
LayupMove and hold right analogue stick up whilst drivingMove and hold right analogue stick up whilst driving
Runner / FloaterMove and hold right analogue stick down whilst drivingMove and hold right analogue stick down whilst driving
Reverse LayupMove and hold right analogue stick right whilst driving along the baseline.Move and hold right analogue stick right whilst driving along the baseline.
Euro Step LayupDouble tap ■ whilst driving whilst holding the left analogue stick towards the off handDouble tap Y whilst driving whilst holding the left analogue stick towards the off hand
Cradle LayupDouble tap ■ whilst driving whilst holding the left analogue stick towards the ball handDouble tap Y whilst driving whilst holding the left analogue stick towards the ball hand
Two-Hand DunkR2 + move and hold right analogue stick up whilst driving in close range.RT + move and hold right analogue stick up whilst driving in close range.
Dominant or Off-Hand DunkR2 + move and hold right analogue stick up, left or right in close range.RT + move and hold right analogue stick up, left or right in close range.
Flashy DunkR2 + move and hold right analogue stick down whilst driving in close range, release to finish dunk.RT + move and hold right analogue stick down whilst driving in close range, release to finish dunk.
Pump FakeTap ■Tap Y
Hop GatherTap ■ whilst dribbling with left analogue stick deflected.Tap Y whilst dribbling with left analogue stick deflected.
Spin GatherHold R2 + double tap ■Hold RT + double tap Y
Half Spin GatherRotate right analogue stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold whilst driving with ball in right handRotate right analogue stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold whilst driving with ball in right hand
Step ThroughAt close range, pump fake, then press and hold ■At close range, pump fake, then press and hold Y
PutbackPress ■ when attempting an offensive reboundPress Y when attempting an offensive rebound

Dribbling

You'll spend a lot of time with the ball in hand. Knowing how to dribble effectively with NBA 2K21 controls will help to throw off your opponent.

Here's how.

Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
SprintHold R2 and moveHold RT and move
Signature Size-upMove and hold right analogue stick up from a standing dribble.Move and hold right analogue stick up from a standing dribble.
Signature Park Size-upRepeatedly tap L2 from a stand dribble.Repeatedly tap LT from a stand dribble.
In and OutMove right analogue stick up right then quickly release whilst dribbling with right hand.Move right analogue stick up right then quickly release whilst dribbling with right hand.
HesitationMove right analogue stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove right analogue stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum HesitationR2 + move right analogue stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move right analogue stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation EscapeMove and hold right analogue stick right when dribbling with right handMove and hold right analogue stick right when dribbling with right hand
CrossoverMove right analogue stick up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.Move right analogue stick up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Momentum CrossoverR2 + move right analogue stick up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.R2 + move right analogue stick up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Crossover EscapeMove and hold right analogue stick up left when dribbling with right handMove and hold right analogue stick up left when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs CrossMove right analogue stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.Move right analogue stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Momentum Between Legs CrossR2 + move right analogue stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.RT + move right analogue stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Between Legs EscapeMove and hold right analogue stick left when dribbling with right hand.Move and hold right analogue stick left when dribbling with right hand.
Behind the BackMove right analogue stick down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.Move right analogue stick down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Momentum Behind the BackR2 + move right analogue stick down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.RT + move right analogue stick down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Behind the Back EscapeMove and hold right analogue stick down left when dribbling with right hand.Move and hold right analogue stick down left when dribbling with right hand.
StepbackMove right analogue stick down then quickly release.Move right analogue stick down then quickly release.
Momentum StepbackR2 + move right analogue stick down then quickly release.RT + move right analogue stick down then quickly release.
SpinRotate right analogue stick clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.Rotate right analogue stick clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Half SpinRotate right analogue stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.Rotate right analogue stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand.
Hard Stop / StutterTap L2 whilst driving for a quick change of speed.Tap LT whilst driving for a quick change of speed.
Hold Off DefendersHold L2Hold LT

Passing

The final area of the big three NBA 2K21 controls you need to master is passing.

Action PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls
Normal PassPress XPress A
Bounce PassPress OPress B
Lob PassPress ▲Press Y
Skip PassHold X to target a receiver further awayHold A to target a receiver further away
Fake Pass▲ + O whilst standing or driving to the hoopB + Y whilst standing or driving to the hoop
Jump Pass■ + X whilst standing or driving to the hoopA + X whilst standing or driving to the hoop
Icon PassPress R1 then press the action button of the desired receiverPress RB then press the action button of the desired receiver
Flashy PassDouble tap ODouble tap B to pass
Alley-oopDouble tap ▲Double tap Y
Alley-oop to SelfDouble tap ▲ + move left analogue stick to the hoop.Double tap Y + move left analogue stick to the hoop.
Lead to Basket PassPress and hold ▲ to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Release to pass.Press and hold Y to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Release to pass.
Full Receiver ControlPress and hold O to freely move the selected receiver with the left analogue stick. Release O to pass.Press and hold B to freely move the selected receiver with the left analogue stick. Release B to pass.
Touch PassPress X before the initial receiver gets the ball. Use left analogue stick to select second receiver.Press A before the initial receiver gets the ball. Use left analogue stick to select second receiver.
Pro Stick PassPress and hold R1 + move right analogue stick in the desired pass direction.Press and hold RB + move right analogue stick in the desired pass direction.
Give and GoPress and hold X until the receiver catches the ball. Keep X held and use left analogue stick to move initial passer. Release X to get the ball back.Press and hold A until the receiver catches the ball. Keep A held and use left analogue stick to move initial passer. Release A to get the ball back.
Rolling InboundPress ▲ during baseline inbounds when no defenders are present.Press Y during baseline inbounds when no defenders are present.