Best Dribble Moves in 2K21 to Win With Ease

The ultimate guide to the best dribble moves in 2K21

Dribbling is one of the most crucial skills in the NBA 2K franchise, and in 2K21 that dynamic is no different. This guide to the best dribble moves in 2K21, will give you the right move to create separation or stop on a dime, leaving the defender in the dust, and will transform your build from an average joe to an absolute beast in NBA 2K21.

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In order to be able to use the dribble moves in NBA 2K21, it is important to come out of the 2K lab with a good ball-handling build, a very vague standard, but anything that will grant your player an 80 plus ball handling will do. It is also imperative to note that in order to boost your player’s abilities and enable your character to use the absolute best dribble move in NBA 2K21, it is advised to create a playmaking build.

This will allow you to equip badges like Unpluckable,  Ankle Breaker, and Quick First Step, and even take these to the hall of fame level. Now, let’s see the best animations in every category to get your player to a new tier of dribbling in 2K21.

The best and the most widely used Styles and Skills are run down below:

Best Dribble Moves In 2k21

Dribble Style

The best dribbling style available in NBA 2K21 is quite simply a unique preference for every individual build, but having a quick or shifty style helps in generally making the player dribble faster. Alternatively, power style makes for just as good of an experience, and, of course, if you want your player to have handles for days like Stephen Curry then that’s exactly what you pick.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Dribble Style – NBA 2K21

Moving Crossovers

The moving cross overs section is without a doubt a Pro 8 or a Pro 2. Playing around with both these setups to see which one suits you more is great but since we want the dribble moves NBA 2K21 has to offer, Pro 8 is the one for that easy separation.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Moving Crossovers – NBA 2K21

Moving Spins

The moving spin isn’t that popular in the game, but a Basic 1 or a Pro 4 should have you set if you are a fan of it.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Moving Spins – NBA 2K21

Moving Behind the Backs

To move behind the back, for sure, Pro 3. While Pro 5 works well in most cases, but Pro 3 will get you the smoothest experience, and it is simply the best.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Moving Behind The Backs – NBA 2K21

Signature Size Ups

For Size Ups, the signature one is a personal preference, whether you want that Luka magic step-back or the Chef Curry’s chain moves, it’s your choice, Keep in mind that having a guard size up is generally a good option for mastering the best dribble moves that 2K21 has to offer.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Sig Size-Up – NBA 2K21

Escape Packages

Size up escape is another important one, and Pro 2 is the best allowing you to spam the Curry slide for as long as you want to leave your defenders in awe.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Escape Packages – NBA 2K21

Basic Size Up

A Basic Size Up is a choice between Pro 2, Pro 5, and Pro 6. All of these are fast and get the job done exceptionally.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Basic Size Up – NBA 2K21

The remainder of the animations is up to you in order to create a unique player that suits your dribble moves and style.

Now that the setup of the player is complete, let’s break down some of the best dribble moves you can pull of in 2K21.

The Curry Slide

The curry slide is probably the best move to add to your bag of skills because in NBA 2K21, you can spam it for as long as you like, or until the defender just gives up. Executing the move is fairly easy as you just have to move your right trigger diagonally down in the direction you want to go in, and there you go sliding all over the court.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
The Curry Slide – NBA 2K21

The in and out is another effective move that you can use in a chain in order to get space and go into a drive or a jump shot. similar to the curry slide, you just have to flick the right stick to the direction in which the ball is but diagonally upwards. This move is effective when used in succession with other dribble moves.

Disappear from your Opponent’s Sight

Another move to add to your combos would be the regular behind the back. While it isn’t as popular in the actual game, it looks clean, and if you stop on a dime for a jump shot, your defender simply won’t be able to keep up. The move involves sliding the left stick in the direction of the off-ball hand and flicking the right one diagonally downwards in the same direction.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Disappear from your Opponent’s Sight – NBA 2K21

Rock your Opponent’s Ankles

A slightly more advanced move that will have your defender collecting his ankles off the court in pieces is the sham god behind the back. To execute it simply perform the behind-the-back and flip your right stick in any direction after to send the defender down onto the ground.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21
Rock your Opponent’s Ankles – NBA 2K21

Spin your Way to Success

The spin back is one of the best dribbling moves in 2K21. When using it off a sprint you can instantly get the separation needed to go straight into a pull-up and drain one right into the opponent’s face. To do it, you will have to spin the right trigger from the top side to the bottom in the direction of your sprint, and razzle-dazzle your defender with a spin away from them.

Best Dribble Moves in 2K21
Spin your Way to Success – NBA 2K21

These are the best moves, broken down into styles and skills, for you to learn and master to become a much better player in NBA 2K21.

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Sarim Khan


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