NBA 2K22: Best Playmaking Badges for your MyPLAYER & Best Guard Builds

As you build your MyPLAYER in NBA 2K22, picking the right Badges can become troublesome as there are so many to choose from.

To make sure you've got the right Badges for your MyPLAYER we decided to isolate the Playmaking category and find the best ones (in our opinion) in the game. We've also got the best Guard builds to pair with these Badges.

Let's get your MyPLAYER fitted with some of the best Playmaking Badges in NBA 2K22.

LATEST - Best Guard Builds in NBA 2K22

Whether you're planning on building the perfect distributing point guard, or you want a highlight reel shooting guard, we've got the NBA 2K22 Build for you.

One of our favorite NBA 2K22 guard builds is the Playmaking Shot Creator, a build that allows you to essentially score from anywhere on the court.

NBA 2k22 Badges guard build screen
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FOLLOW OUR GUIDE: We'll show you exactly how to build the best guard

Here are a couple of things you'll need to get started:

  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: MIN
  • Wingspan: MIN
  • Position: PG / SG
  • Takeover: Sharpshooter

To learn more on how to build the Playmaking Shot Creator and all our favorite NBA 2K22 Builds, follow this link!

Best Playmaking Badges in NBA 2K22

As you grind your way through NBA 2K22 you'll find yourself wanting to have more of an ability to affect the outcome of a possession.

Playmaking Badges in NBA 2K22
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PLAYMAKERS: Add some of these Badges to your MyPLAYER for an instant boost

Playmakers are the ones that win the games in-between the shots, which is why Playmaking Badges are so worthwhile for most MyPLAYERs.

With this in mind, these badges are a must-have for any NBA 2K22 build dipping into Playmaking!


Defense got a huge boost in NBA 2K22 and players are better at poking the ball away more often. Your MyPLAYER is going to need a way to defend against that, that's where Unpluckable comes in.

When performing dribble moves, defenders have a tougher time poking the ball free with their steal attempts. That way you can get into your dribble bag without turning over the ball.

If you're looking to get an extra Badge Loadout, follow these quest instructions.

Quick First Step

As a playmaker your number one thought on offense should be to free yourself from defenders ASAP! A fast move and enough separation can be the determining factor of a made shot.

Quick First Step is an ability that when driving out of a triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to quicker, and more effective, launches.

Lamelo Ball in NBA 2K22
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DRIVE THE LANE: Use Quick First Step to separate from opponents

This separation could mean you get through the lane easier, which could potentially free up a teammate to hit a game-winner.

2K Labs did a Badge test on Quick First Step and found the difference in frames per Badge Level.

Badge Level
24 Frames
21 Frames
20 Frames
18 Frames
Hall of Fame
16 Frames

Handles For Days

Dribbling is just as important as shooting and defending in NBA 2K22 and getting into your bag with dribble moves will have opponents lost. You can perform those moves all day with this Badge.

The Handles For Days Badge means your MyPLAYER takes less of an energy hit when performing consecutive dribble moves, allowing them to chain together combos quicker and for longer periods of time.

Bledsoe in NBA 2K22
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SIZE UP: Take on your opponent with dribble moves to create some space

If you pair this with Unpluckable, your MyPLAYER will be a nightmare to guard in NBA 2K22, even for the Perimeter Lockdown Build.

Stop & Go

This Badge is a nightmare to stop in NBA 2K22 as many guards have it paired up with elite shooting Badges as well.

Stop & Go gives your MyPLAYER the ability to start and stop quickly with unique stops and launches exclusive to this badge. You'll be able to stop on a dime with this Badge.

If you were to pair this with a Shooting Badge such as Hot Zone Hunter, you'll cause a lot of opponents to rage quit.

Ankle Breaker

One of the most popular Badges in the entirety of NBA 2K22 is the Ankle Breaker Badge. We've tested this Badge and it easily is the best one for builds with high ball handling.

This Badge is designed to give player-controlled defenses nightmares as they'll have a higher chance of stumbling or falling when they bite the wrong way.

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