19 Oct 2021 9:44 PM +00:00

NBA 2K22: The Shooting Guide to help you GREEN each time

NBA 2K22 has changed a lot this year and that includes new shooting mechanics and a new shot meter as well.

There's still a way to green more consistently though, provided you time the release correctly and use the right Jumpshot Animation on your MyPLAYER.

Here's an NBA 2K22 Shooting Guide to help you knock down shots more consistently no matter your position.


NBA 2K22: Shooting Guide

Just like anything else you've ever done, shooting better in NBA 2K22 requires PRACTICE.

However, there are some tips that you can follow to get an instant increase in your shooting ability.

Pro Stick or Button?

First, the easiest way to shoot is by using the shooting button on your controller instead of the Pro Stick. However, the Pro Stick provides much more control than the button - and while there's more margin for error, you're rewarded for it too with some extra accuracy.

Ben Simmons in NBA 2K22
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NOTHIN' BUT NET: Train yourself to become automatic from the field

Since it'll take a long time to really nail down the NBA 2K22 Pro Stick, for beginning players, the shooting button is your best bet.


Best Jumpshot Animations

The answer to this question is ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Each NBA 2K22 jump shot has a different release point and timing, which is why you'll shoot better with certain stars than your own MyPLAYER.

The great news is you can use the Jump Shot Creator to emulate the stars that you shoot well with.

If you've got the timing of Kevin Durant's jumper down, you can equip it. Just remember that personal ratings matter too, and just because you have a superstar's jump shot, doesn't mean you have their skill.

The jumpshot creator tool in NBA 2K22
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JUMPSHOT CREATOR: This is a valuable MyPLAYER tool to create a comfortable jumpshot

Let's take a look at some of the best shooting animations you can use in the game:

  • Base: Ray Allen
    • Release 1: Rudy Gay
    • Release 2: Rudy Gay
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 100% Rudy Gay
  • Base: Jump Shot 38
    • Release 1: Larry Bird
    • Release 2: Rudy Gay
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 50% Larry Bird, 50% Rudy Gay
  • Base: Jump Shot 38
    • Release 1: LaMarcus Aldridge
    • Release 2: Carmelo Anthony
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 40% LaMarcus Aldridge, 60% Carmelo Anthony

Best Shooting Badges

Badges will positively affect your shooting, for the most part. It's important to remember though that certain Badges, such as Sniper, give you a higher penalty for Early/Late shots - so you'll want to make sure your shooting badges are the best fit for you as a player.

Some NBA 2K22 Shooting Badges, such as Hot Zone Hunter, are great for everyone due to the boost provided in a player's hot zone.

The Shooting Badges in NBA 2K22
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SHOOTING BADGES: Here are all the Badges you can choose from in NBA 2K22

Here's how a Badge like Hot Zone Hunter can help your MyPLAYER make shots in NBA 2K22

Badge Level Make % Green %
Hall of Fame64.5%55%

For more on the best Shooting Badges in NBA 2K22, follow this link!


Shot Timing

After you've ironed out whether you'll be using the Pro Stick or the button, created your MyPLAYER jump shot, and gathered your Badges, all that's left is timing.

This is going to take a lot of practice and a great place to start is MyCOURT. This is because MyCOURT is online, which means you're still getting practice for games in The City or The Neighborhood, where you'll have to account for lag in a way that isn't present in MyCAREER.

You can get a feel for the timing there without feeling bad for missing it. The idea is to stop the shot meter exactly at the black line.

Klay Thompson in NBA 2K22
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AUTOMATIC: Once you have the timing down, you'll be an incredible shooter

As we said earlier, each jump shot is different, but here are some ways to help with your timing.

  • Release the button when the ball is at eye level (mileage may vary depending on your shot animation).
  • Change the color of the shot meter to red for more clarity.
  • Create space with screens to gain a larger window.

Changes to NBA 2K22 shooting mechanics

An important thing you'll need to learn on your path to shooting better is the new shooting mechanics brought to NBA 2K22.

The first and perhaps most important change is the new shot meter in NBA 2K22. This meter is large, but challenges players to be more exact when shooting, or you could quickly find yourself firing 0% shots.

The shot meter in NBA 2K22
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THE SWEET SPOT: You'll want to stop the meter as close to the black line as you can

The new NBA 2K22 shot meter has been met with some really positive feedback from the community, a far cry from NBA 2K21 where a shot meter hotfix was required very early on post-launch.

Along with this new shot meter, new animations and new movement (both for AI and players alike) mean that the flow of action on the court also has a new feel to it. This mostly means you'll need to work harder to find an open look against smarter AI and better player motion mechanics.

For more on the shooting mechanics in NBA 2K22, follow this link.