NBA 2K21 Controls

NBA 2k21 Controls

NBAK 2K21 Controls

Action PlayStation Xbox / PC
Move Player L L
Pro Stick: Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing R R
Post Up/Protect (hold) / Hard Stop (tap) L2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Call Play (tap) / Pick Control (hold) L1 LB
Icon Pass R1 RB
Pass (tap) / Skip Pass (hold) X A
Bounce Pass (tap) / Flashy Pass (double tap) / Handoff/Pitch Pass (hold) Circle B
Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop) Square X
Overhead Pass (tap) / Alley-oop (double tap) / Lead to Basket (hold) Triangle Y
Gameplay HUD Dpad Up Dpad Up
Points of Emphasis Dpad Right Dpad Right
Offensive Strategies Dpad Left Dpad Left
Substitutions Dpad Down Dpad Down
Timout Click Touchpad View
Pause Options Menu

Shooting

Action PlayStation Xbox
Jumpshot Press and hold Square or move and hold R (up for bank shot) Press and hold X or move and hold R (up for bank shot)
Hop Gather Tap Square while driving (L determines direction of hop) Tap X while driving (L determines direction of hop)
Spin Gather R2 + Double Tap Square while standing or driving RT + Double Tap X while standing or driving
Runner/Floater Move and hold Rdown (while driving close) Move and hold R down (while driving close)
Normal Layup Move and hold R up (while driving) Move and hold Rup (while driving)
Reverse Layup Move and hold R right while driving along right baseline Move and hold R right while driving along right baseline
Cradle/Eurostep Move and hold R left or right while driving or double tap Square while holding L left or right Move and hold R left or right while driving or double tap X while holding L left or right
2-Hand Dunk R2 + Move and hold R up (while driving) RT + Move and hold R up (while driving)
Flashy Dunk R2 + Move and hold R down (while driving) RT + Move and hold R down (while driving)
Dominant/Off-Hand Dunk R2 + Move and hold R left or right to dunk with that hand (while driving) RT + Move and hold R left or right to dunk with that hand (while driving)
Pump Fake Start a jump shot, then quickly release R Start a jump shot, then quickly release R
Step Through Pump fake, then press and hold R again before pump fake ends Pump fake, then press and hold R again before pump fake ends
Putback Dunk/Layup Move and hold R in any direction during an offensive rebound Move and hold R in any direction during an offensive rebound

Dribbling

Action PlayStation Xbox / PC
Signature Size-up Combo Move R up then quickly release while standing or moving Move R up then quickly release while standing or moving
In and Out R2 + Move R up then quickly release RT + Move R up then quickly release
Hesitation (Quick) Move R right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move R right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation (Escape) R2 + Move R right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand RT + Move R right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover Move R left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move R left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs Cross R2 + Move R left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand RT + Move R left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind Back Move R down then quickly release Move R down then quickly release
Cross to Hesitation Escape Perform a Crossover, Between Legs Cross, or Behind Back move then quickly chain into a Hesitation before the ball switches hands Perform a Crossover, Between Legs Cross, or Behind Back move then quickly chain into a Hesitation before the ball switches hands
Signature Size-up Chains While standing, quickly perform the below moves in rapid succession to trigger special signature size-up double and triple moves (see below) While standing, quickly perform the below moves in rapid succession to trigger special signature size-up double and triple moves (see below)
Hard Stop Press L2 then quickly release while driving Press LT then quickly release while driving
Stepback R2 + Move R down then quickly release RT + Move R down then quickly release
Spin Rotate R clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Rotate R clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Half Spin Rotate R in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Rotate R in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Triple Threat Jab Move R up, left or right then quickly release Move R up, left or right then quickly release
Triple Threat Size-up R2 + Move R up then quickly release RT + Move R up then quickly release
Triple Threat Hesitation R2 + Move R left or right then quickly release RT + Move R left or right then quickly release
Triple Threat Stepback R2 + Move R down then quickly release RT + Move R down then quickly release
Triple Threat Spinout Rotate R then quickly return to neutral Rotate R then quickly return to neutral

Passing

Action PlayStation Xbox / Pc
Pass X (L selects recipient) A (L selects recipient)
Bounce Pass Circle (L selects recipient) B (L selects recipient)
Skip Pass Press and hold X to throw a skip pass to further away teammates Press and hold A to throw a skip pass to further away teammates
Overhead Pass Triangle (L selects recipient) Y (L selects recipient)
Alley Oop Double tap Triangle (L selects recipient, toward basketbal for oop-to-self) Double tap Y (L selects recipient, toward basketbal for oop-to-self)
Lead to Basket Pass Press and hold Triangle (L selects recipient) then release to pass Press and hold Y (L selects recipient) then release to pass
Flashy Pass Double tap Circle (L selects recipient) Double tap B (L selects recipient)
Handoff/Dribble Pitch Press and hold Circle to bring the selected teammate to the ball, wait for him to get into handoff range or release Circle to force the pass early (L selects recipient) Press and hold B to bring the selected teammate to the ball, wait for him to get into handoff range or release B to force the pass early (L selects recipient)
Icon Pass R1 then press action button of desired receiver RB then press action button of desired receiver
Fake Pass Triangle + Circle (while standing or driving) Y + B (while standing or driving)
Rolling Inbound Circle during baseline inbounds Y during baseline inbounds
Give and Go Press and hold X to retain control of passer, release X to receive the ball back Press and hold A to retain control of passer, release A to receive the ball back
PRO STICK Pass R1 + R RB + R

Basice Defense

Action PlayStation Xbox / PC
General
Move Player L L
Hands Up/Contest/Steal R R
Intense-D L2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Defensive Strategies (tap) / Double Team (hold) L1 LB
Icon Swap R1 RB
Player Swap (closest to ball) X A
Take Charge/Chuck/Grab Circle B
Steal Square X
Block/Rebound Triangle Y
Gameplay HUD Dpad Up Dpad Up
Points of Emphasis Dpad Right Dpad Right
Defensive Sets Dpad Left Dpad Left
Substitutions Dpad Down Dpad Down
Intetional Foul Click Touchpad View
Pause Options Menu
On-Ball Defense
Intense-D Press and hold L2 when in front of dribbler Press and hold LT when in front of dribbler
Crowd Dribbler Press and hold L2 when near the dribbler Press and hold LT when near the dribbler
Fast Shuffle Press and hold L2 + R2, move L in any direction Press and hold LT + RT, move L in any direction
Hands Up Defense Move and hold R up Move and hold R up
Hands Out Left/Right Move and hold R left or right Move and hold R left or right
Shot Contest Move R up and quickly release Move R up and quickly release
On-ball Steal Move R down and quickly release Move R down and quickly release
Vertical Contest Move and hold L away from the shooter and press Triangle Move and hold L away from the shooter and press Y
Swat Block Hold R2 and press Triangle Hold RT and press Y
Chuck Tap Circle Tap B
Take Charge Press and hold Circle Press and hold B
Flop While in take charge, release Circle, press Circle While in take charge, release B, press B
Intentional Foul Press and hold Square near ball handler (press Touchpad for Team Intentional Foul) Press and hold X near ball handler (press View for Team Intentional Foul)
Double Team Press and hold L1 Press and hold LB
Icon Double Team Press L1, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer Press LB, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer
Pull Chair in Post Move and quickly release L away from player aggressively backing down Move and quickly release L away from player aggressively backing down
Off-Ball Defense
Chuck/Grab Tap Circle Tap B
Take Charge Hold Circle Hold B
Post Up / Ball Denial Hold L2 when near opponent (based on distance to basket) Hold LT when near opponent (based on distance to basket)
Deny Hands Out R in any direction R in any direction
Ball Pressure R press towards ball handler R press towards ball handler
Push L2 + L into defender (when posted off-ball) LT + L into defender (when posted off-ball)
Deny/Front Post L2 + R left/right (when posted off-ball) LT + R left/right (when posted off-ball)
Pull Chair in Post Move and quickly release R in same direction as offensive player (when posted off-ball) Move and quickly release R in same direction as offensive player (when posted off-ball)

Advanced Controls

Action PlayStation Xbox
Post Moves
Enter / Leave Post Press and hold L2 to post up, release L2 to faceup Press and hold LT to post up, release LT to faceup
Post Pivot L in any direction and quickly release while holding the ball L in any direction and quickly release while holding the ball
Post Aggressive Backdown R2 + L toward defender RT + L toward defender
Post Drive / Spin Rotate R clockwise or counter-clockwise Rotate R clockwise or counter-clockwise
Post Drive to Key R2 + L toward key then quickly release L2 RT + L toward key then quickly release LT
Post Drive Baseline R2 + L twoard baseline then quickly release RT + L twoard baseline then quickly release
Post Dropstep L left or right toward hoop, then tap Square L left or right toward hoop, then tap X
Post Hop L left, right or away from hoops, then tap Square L left, right or away from hoops, then tap X
Post Fakes Move R in any direction then quickly release Move R in any direction then quickly release
Post Stepbacks R2 and move R left or right then quickly release RT and move R left or right then quickly release
Post Shots (Shotstick)
Post Hook R up left or right (close range) R up left or right (close range)
Post Fade R down left or right (beyond close range) R down left or right (beyond close range)
Post Layup Move and hold R up left or right (close range) while L is toward hoop Move and hold R up left or right (close range) while L is toward hoop
Post Shimmy Shot R2 + R down with L neutral RT + R down with L neutral
Post Shimmy Hook R2 + R up with L neutral RT + R up with L neutral
Pump Fake Start a shot listed above, then move R to neutral Start a shot listed above, then move R to neutral
Up & Under / Step Through Pump fake, then R again before pump fake ends Pump fake, then R again before pump fake ends
Off-Ball Offense
Call for Ball X A
Call for Alley-Oop Double tap Triangle (while cutting twoard hoop) Double tap Y (while cutting twoard hoop)
Set Screen Circle B
Call for Screen Press and hold L1 Press and hold LB
Post Up Hold L2 (while standing or moving into defender) Hold LT (while standing or moving into defender)
Push (while posted up) L (while posted up) L
Spin (while posted up) R twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise (while posted up) R twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise
Walk Down L + R towards defender L + R towards defender
Advanced Offense
Quick Playcall Press L1 then select a play from the menu Press LB then select a play from the menu
Positional Playcall Press L1, then press teammate’s action button; choose play from menu Press LB, then press teammate’s action button; choose play from menu
Basic Pick Control Press and hold L1 Press and hold LB
Advanced Pick Control Press and hold L1, use R1 to choose Roll vs Fade and click R to choose a pick side Press and hold LB, use RB to choose Roll vs Fade and click R to choose a pick side
Icon Pick Control Press L1, then press and hold the action button of desired screener Press LB, then press and hold the action button of desired screener
Slip Screen and Early Fade Call for pick, then press L1 again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early Call for pick, then press LB again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early
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