NBA 2K22: Dribbling gets major changes, tons of new moves, and won't change on next gen

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NBA 2K22 has been relatively quiet for some time, but the silence has now been broken with a massive gameplay reveal including changes to dribbling this year.

From new moves to shifts in controls and the ways ratings will affect things, here's what we've learned about NBA 2K22 dribbling.


NBA 2K22 dribbling is getting a flurry of gameplay changes and new moves

After a period of all hype no substance for NBA 2K22, we're finally learning what gameplay is going to look like this year.

Among the most important aspects, and one seeing major changes, will be dribbling in NBA 2K22.

One key piece of the puzzle is that, contrary to last year, NBA 2K22 dribbling will be the same on both current and next gen platforms.

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This means that any player who plays on both will have the same controls and tips to keep in mind between them, rather than having to learn a new style when jumping to a different system.

This was just one tidbit revealed in today's Courtside Report on NBA 2K22 gameplay, but the differences to dribbling will be felt in many different ways.


Tons of new moves have been added, as well as a shift to use the Pro Stick for increased control with most dribble moves.

Perhaps the biggest impact will come in that height has become a bigger factor in dribbling this year, with smaller players previously lagging behind even if they had the same Speed and Ball rating, but that balance has been remedied.

Every new dribble move we learned about

While we don't know literally every single new thing or exciting dribble change headed to NBA 2K22, and the reality is we won't until we get to play it, there were plenty teased today.

Here's just a few of the dribble moves we could see, exactly as they're mentioned in the Courtside Report:

  • KD's big hesi crosses
  • Harden's around/thru the leg moves
  • Steph's quick machine gun crosses
  • Luka's methodical rock back and forth dribbles
  • drag dribble hesis
  • spin stepbacks

They stated you'll be able to equip one of 32 different unique dribble sequences known as Signature Combos, which can be mixed in with Signature Size-ups for a ton of variety in playstyle.

WNBA is also getting some attention, as the following WNBA players' dribble styles are being added:

  • Seimone Augustus
  • Chelsea Gray
  • Arike Ogunbowale
  • Gabby Williams

New dribbling badges in NBA 2K22

In addition to the core gameplay changes headed to NBA 2K22 and dribbling, there were new badges revealed today as well.


They cover all different aspects of the game, but these new dribbling badges will be joining the mix:

  • Chef – Ability to knock down Steph-like off-dribble deep 3’s
  • Glue Hands – Ability to make difficult catches and quicker branch out to a shot or dribble
  • Hyperdrive – Boosts the speed and effectiveness of moving dribble moves
  • Quick Chain – Boosts the ability to quickly chain dribble moves together

You can find more details here on all the different new badges headed to NBA 2K22, and they're sure to factor into optimized player builds when the game finally arrives.