Looking for the best Badges in NBA 2K23? Badges are effectively equippable perks which boost the performance of players on the court, and are a particularly important consideration when designing your MyPlayer Build for MyCareer. Depending on what kind of build you create, you'll gain access to a variety of different Badges which can then be unlocked and used to buff your MyPlayer. All of our Best Builds include recommended Badges based on their playstyle and Attributes.
NBA 2K23: Best Badges
While there's no definitive answer to the best Badges in NBA 2K23, we do have some recommendations, as part of our NBA 2K23 guide. It should be stressed, however, that the best Badges for you will depend specifically on your build and playstyle. If you're the kind of player that likes to drain threes from distance, then you should probably be looking to equip Limitless Range, but if you're a big dunker then you may be more interested in Posterizer. Of course, if you're a versatile player then you may potentially be considering both!
The good news is that as you progress through your MyCareer, you can more or less experiment with Badges and find what works best for you. The most important part is getting your build right in the first place, so that you have enough Badge Points to play around with as you progress. It's generally considered better to have a build with as many potential Badge Points available as possible, although you also need your Attributes to determine whether you can equip them and if you'll have access to the Best Animations and Jumpshots. Again, we've tried to take as much of this into account as possible in our Best Builds, but there's not a perfect science here and you'll need to tinker to find what works best for you.
One other thing worth keeping in mind is that the physical attributes of your MyPlayer, such as height and wingspan, will determine which tier specific Badges appear in. This means it'll be more expensive to purchase some Badges on one build than another. To mitigate this, you can equip one Core Badge in each category which comes at no cost, as long as you'd be able to afford it under ordinary circumstances.
Best Finishing Badges
|New-Gen Attribute Requirements
|Improves a player's ability to initiate contact and get to the rim on layup attempts.
|Bully pairs nicely with Fearless Finisher and is a great badge if you're looking to, er, bully your opponents in the paint.
|Strengthens the player's ability to absorb contact and still finish. Also reduces the amount of energy lost from contact layups.
|If you're the type of player who likes to burst into the paint for layups, whether it's by breaking ankles or using screens, Fearless Finisher will help you to get the easy baskets even against taller and stronger defenders.
|When attacking the basket, a player with this badge will start their dunk attempt from farther out than others.
|If you're going for those big highlighter posterizer plays, then you'll want to have Limitless Takeoff equipped, as this badge will transform you into a true sky walker.
|Increases the chances of throwing down a dunk on your defender.
|With defense a constant challenge in NBA 2K23, Posterizer will allow you to bully defenders, but does come at a high cost if you want to upgrade to Hall of Fame.
|Increases the likelihood of dunking or posterizing your opponent when standing in the painted area.
|Dunks are basically guaranteed points, so when you're in the paint and about to finish, ideally you're going to want to throw it down. Rise Up will help you to secure those easy baskets for your team and pairs nicely with Posterizer.
|Increases a player's ability to slide through traffic, protect the ball from being stolen, and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim.
|With the defense being difficult to overcome in NBA 2K23, Slithery is a helpful badge that will aid you in getting to the basket and finishing. This is a good one to pair with Fearless Finisher if you're making a lot of drives to the rim.
Best Shooting Badges
|New-Gen Attribute Requirements
|Improves the ability to make pull-up or spin shots from three-point range.
|If you're the kind of player who likes taking step-backs and spins to beat defenders, then Agent 3 will help you drink more three-points from these kind of scenarios.
|Reduces the penalty that fatigue has on a player and their ability to make shots.
|If you're the kind of player that enjoys turboing all over the court and popping off shots at any opportunity, Amped can help you keep your shooting accurate even when you're fatiguing.
|Jump shots taken with a defender closing out in their peripheral vision will suffer a lower penalty.
|Unless you're permanently wide open, you're going to find defenders closing you down in most possessions. Blinders will help you to knock down shots even when there's movement in your peripheral vision.
|Jump shots taken with the defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest.
|It's not always possible to engineer offensive scenarios where you're wide open, and, inevitably, that means there are going to be times where you'll need to take shots while being contested. Deadeye will counter that.
|Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots.
|If you're confident in your ability to hit well-timed shots, then Green Machine is a no-brainer for frequent shooters. This is going to significantly boost your attributes the more greens you shoot.
|Extends the range from which a player can shoot three-pointers effectively from deep.
|Allows you to drain three-pointers from way down town.
Best Playmaking Badges
|New-Gen Attribute Requirements
|When performing stepbacks and other certain moves, the defender stumbles or falls more frequently when biting the wrong.
|There are few things better in basketball than luring a defender into your path and then blowing by them. Ankle Breaker does exactly what it says on the tin: helps you to embarrass defenders and engineer wide-open looks.
|Passing out of a jump shot or layup yields fewer errant passes than normal. Additionally, helps passing out of double teams.
|If you're getting to the basket but finding yourself either double teamed or covered, then Bail Out can be a good Badge to help you to actively pivot and setup a teammate with a wide open look. This is a great Badge to combine with Dimer.
|Improves a player's ability to fight off contact, protect the ball, and drive by opponents as the ball-handler.
|Ball security is an important asset in any NBA star's repertoire, and Clamp Breaker will help you squeeze through strong defenses, retaining possession of the ball.
|When in the half-court, passes by Dimers to open shooters yield a shot percentage boost.
|If you're a playmaker looking to facilitate teammates and significantly boost their shooting ratings, then Dimer will make you a deadly assister.
|Handles for Days
|A player takes less of an energy hit when performing consecutive dribble moves, allowing them to chain together combos quicker and for longer periods of time.
|If you like to perform lots of dribbling moves, then you're going to take a huge energy hit for showboating. Handles for Days will help mitigate that, allowing you to move the ball about without taking the penalty to your energy.
|Increases the speed at which a player can perform moving dribbling moves as they attack down the court.
|Driving down the court at speed is an essential attribute for certain positions on the NBA court, and Hyperdrive will help you to attack a pace. This pairs well with Handles for Days.
|Quick First Step
|When driving out of triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to a quicker, and more effective, launches.
|Quick First Step makes it incredibly difficult for defenders to stay in front of you, so if you consider yourself a dribbler this will help you to fake-out opponents and leave them in the dust.
|Defenders have a tougher time poking the ball free with their steal attempts.
|Unpluckable pairs well with Clamp Breaker. Ball security is pivotal in basketball, so stick this Badge on to help protect you from prolific stealers.
Best Defense / Rebounding Badges
|Defense / Rebounding Badges
|New-Gen Attribute Requirements
|Increases a player's ability to block shots and protect the rim at a high level.
|Pairs nicely with Chase Down Artist, Anchor is great for bigs who want to dominate beneath the basket.
|Improves effectiveness of well-timed contest against perimeter shooters.
|If you're going to be spending a lot of time defending on the perimeter, then Challenger can help your effectiveness in these situations.
|Chase Down Artist
|Boosts the speed and leaping ability of a player when chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt.
|A good badge to pair with Rebound Chaser, blocking is extremely satisfying and Chase Down Artist will help you to get into position to swat away those shots.
|Defenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding the ball handler.
|Defense is already really strong in NBA 2K23 by design, but with Clamps you're going to severely impede quick and nimble players who try to dribble past you for easy layups and dunks.
|The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases.
|The best offense is defense, as we all know, and sometimes you can crush a team by taking possession away from them. Whether it's intercepting the ball entirely, or simply affecting the trajectory of a pass so that a teammate can make a play, the Interceptor Badge will help put your team in the best position to win.
|Improves a player's ability to track down rebounds from further distances than normal.
|If you're playing as a big, either as a Center or Power Forward, then Rebound Chaser is practically essential. It'll allow you to chase down rebounds with ease, allowing your team to gain possession of the ball at both ends of the court.
NBA 2K23: How to Unlock Badges
The makeup of your build in NBA 2K23 will determine how many Badge Points you can utilise. However, you'll need to unlock these Badge Points by performing on the court, whether it's in single player NBA games or online matches around the City. Performing actions associated with a Badge Point will help you to make progress. So, for example, rebounding the ball will earn points towards your Defense / Rebounding Badges.
You can accelerate how quickly you earn MyPoints by completing a side-quest called MyPoints Accelerator. In this quest, you'll simply need to attend three different team practices. Make sure when you show up at the practice building that you speak to the coach with the quest icon above his head, otherwise you won't progress the side-quest. Once you've completed these three team practices, you'll earn all progress towards your Badge Points at a five per cent faster rate.
NBA 2K23: How to Earn More Badge Points
The potential of your build will determine the total number of Badge Points available to you in NBA 2K23, but it is possible to get more. Initially, you'll want to focus your attention on the Welcome to the League quest, which sets up the main storyline. While this includes a couple of sub-quests and takes several hours to complete, you'll be rewarded with four additional Badge Points for your build upon completion which you can then apply to the four main categories detailed on this page. Think carefully about the kind of build you've created and which Badges you want to unlock. This will help inform where you spend your additional Badge Points.
As the lifespan of NBA 2K23 matures, 2K Sports will likely make additional Badge Points available as part of its regular seasonal progression. At the time of writing, there are no Badge Points available to earn with Season 1, but it's something to look out for as additional seasons are released.