NBA 2K22 Controls Guide: Nail these dunks and dribble moves to prep for success

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For new players and veterans of the series alike, our NBA 2K22 controls guide is here to help you show out on the court.

Whether there's a specific type of move you're struggling with or you just need a refresher, we've got all the info you need here about the various NBA 2K22 controls across PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Latest - NBA 2K22 revealed for Xbox Game Pass May Lineup

NBA 2K22 is still thriving with tons of new MyTEAM content every week and massive new Seasons along the way.

But while the playerbase has been steady so far, there will be some new players to NBA 2K22 next month, as the game has been confirmed for the Xbox Game Pass May lineup!

For any new players looking to take over in NBA 2K22, make sure to take advantage of all of the controls you'll need below.

NBA 2K22 Controls Guide: Player Specific Dribble Moves, Dunks, and more

There are tons of new moves being brought to NBA 2K22 this year. Dribbling, passing, and shooting are going to get major upgrades and players will have to get used to the changes once again.

We have player specific controls in one place so you can find out how to hesitate like Kevin Durant, throw down a Flashy Dunk like Lebron James, and float a pass like Trae Young.

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NBA 2K22 Dribble Moves

With new combinations in NBA 2K22, stay ahead of the competition by mixing some of these dribble moves into your arsenal.

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Signature Size-upMove & hold RS stick up from a standing dribble Move & hold RS up from a standing dribble
Signature Park Size-upRepeatedly tap L2 from a stand dribbleRepeatedly tap LT from a stand dribble
In and OutMove RS right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand.Move RS up right then quickly release while dribbling with right hand
HesitationMove the RS then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove the RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum HesitationR2 + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation EscapeMove and hold RS right when dribbling with right handMove and hold RS right when dribbling with right hand
CrossoverWhen dribbling with the right hand. Move RS up left then quickly releaseWhen dribbling with the right hand. Move RS up left then quickly release
Momentum CrossoverR2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right handR2 + move RS up left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover EscapeWhen dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up leftWhen dribbling with right hand move & hold RS up left
Between Legs CrossMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Between Legs CrossR2 + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs EscapeMove and hold RS left when dribbling with right handMove and hold RS left when dribbling with right hand
Behind the BackMove RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right handMove RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Momentum Behind the BackR2 + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right handRT + move RS down left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind the Back EscapeWhen dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down leftWhen dribbling with right hand, move & hold RS down left
StepbackMove RS down then quickly releaseMove RS down then quickly release
Momentum StepbackR2 + move RS down then quickly releaseR2 + move RT down then quickly release
SpinRotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right handRotate the RS clockwise then quickly & release when dribbling with right hand
Half SpinRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right handRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hard Stop / StutterTap L2 while driving for a quick change of speedTap LT while driving for a quick change of speed
Hold Off DefendersHold L2Hold LT

NBA 2K22 Passing Controls

Elite passing is going to build your team's chemistry in NBA 2K22, you'll have to be careful when using some of these passes. Wouldn't want to turn over the ball, would you?

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Normal PassPress X Press A
Bounce PassPress O Press B
Lob PassPress Triangle Press Y
Skip PassHold X to target a receiver further awayHold A to target a receiver further away
Fake PassTriangle + O while standing or driving to the basketB + Y while standing or driving to the basket
Jump PassSquare + X while standing or driving to the basketA + X while standing or driving to the basket
Icon PassPress R1 then press the icon button of the desired receiverPress RB then press the icon button of the desired receiver
Flashy PassDouble tap ODouble tap B to pass
Alley-oopDouble tap TriangleDouble tap Y
Alley-oop to SelfDouble tap triangle + move LS to the hoopDouble tap Y + move LS to the hoop
Lead to Basket PassPress & hold triangle to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass.Press & hold Y to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Then Release to pass.
Full Receiver ControlPress & hold O to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release O to pass. Press & hold B to freely move the selected receiver with LS. Release B to pass.
Touch PassPress X before the first receiver gets the ball (Use LS to select the second receiver)Press A before the first receiver gets the ball (Use LS to select the second receiver)
Pro Stick PassPress & hold R1 + move RS in the desired pass direction Press & hold RB + move RS in the desired pass direction
Give and GoPress & hold X until the receiver catches the ball. Hold X & use LS to move the initial passer. Release X to get the ball backPress & hold A until the receiver catches the ball. Hold A & use LS to move initial passer. Release A to get the ball back.
Rolling InboundPress triangle during baseline inboundsPress Y during baseline inbounds

NBA 2K22 Shooting Controls & Dunks

Last but certainly not least are the shooting controls in NBA 2K22. Shooting got a massive overhaul this year, including a new shot meter.

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Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Jump ShotPress & hold Square then releasePress & hold Y then release
Free ThrowPress & hold square then release(when at the line)Press and hold Y then release(when at the line)
LayupMove & hold RS up(when driving)Move & hold RS up(when driving)
Runner / FloaterMove & hold RS down while drivingMove & hold RS down while driving
Reverse LayupMove & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline)Move & hold the RS right(while driving along the baseline)
Euro Step Layup Double tap square while driving & hold LS towards the off handDouble tap Y while driving & hold the LS towards the off hand
Cradle LayupDouble tap square when driving & hold LS towards the ball handDouble tap Y when driving & hold LS towards the ball hand
Two-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up while driving to basketRT + move & hold RS up while driving to basket
Dominant or Off-Hand DunkR2 + move & hold RS up, left or right in close rangeRT + move & hold RS up, left or right in close range
Flashy DunkR2 + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunkRT + move & hold RS down when driving, release to finish dunk
Pump FakeTap SquareTap Y
Hop GatherTap Square while dribbling with L deflectedTap Y while dribbling with L deflected
Spin GatherHold R2 + double tap SquareHold RT + double tap Y
Half Spin GatherRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right handRotate RS in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with ball in right hand
Step ThroughNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold squareNear basket, pump fake, then press & hold Y
PutbackPress square when attempting an offensive reboundPress Y when attempting an offensive rebound
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General Controls

Getting familiar with the controls on offense is going to be more important than ever before with the new dribble moves in NBA 2K22. But before you get to using the Pro Stick, you'll need to master your basics.

Here are all the offensive controls for NBA 2K22 you'll need when you've got the rock:

On-Ball Offense Controls

Since the Pro Stick is going to be so important this year, make sure you pay attention to the layout and study it well.

The on-ball offense controls guide in NBA 2K22
BACK TO BASICS: Although the controls seem simple, be sure to study the NBA 2K22 controls guide
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Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
PassXA
Bounce PassCircleB
Lob PassTriangleY
Shoot Square or RSX or RS
Sprint R2RT
Icon PassR1 (choose receiver)RB (choose receiver)
Call Timeout / Coaches ChallengeTouch PadBack Button
Move PlayerLSLS
Pro StickRSRS
On the Fly CoachingArrow-PadArrow-Pad
Call PlayL1LB
Post UpL2LT

Off-Ball Offense Controls

Controlling the offense when you don't have the ball in NBA 2K22 is going to be just as important as when you do.

The off ball controls in NBA 2K22
MAKE A MOVE: Use these tools to get open when not controlling the ball
Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Call For PassXA
Quick ScreenOB
Tell Teammate To ShootSquareX
Call For Alley-oopTriangleY
Sprint R2RT
Call Timeout / Coach’s ChallengeTouch PadBack Button
Call for ScreenL1LB
Post Up L2LT
On the Fly CoachingArrow-PadArrow-Pad
Move PlayerLSLS
Pro StickRSRS

Defense Controls

The defense will be just as critical to your understanding this year so here's a guide to help you figure out every move you can make on defense.

Defensive controls in NBA 2K22
LOCK UP: Play elite level defense by getting familiar with the controls in NBA 2K22
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Action PS4 / PS5 Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S
Move Player LSLS
Hands UpRSRS
Player SwapXA
Take ChargeOB
Block/ReboundTriangleY
StealSquareX
Sprint R2RT
Icon SwapR1RB
Double TeamL1LB
Intense DefenseL2LT
Intentional FoulTouch PadBack Button
On the Fly CoachingArrow PadArrow Pad