NBA 2K21 Passing Guide - Basic, Advanced, Tips and Tricks - MGW

NBA 2K21 Passing Guide – Basic, Advanced, Tips and Tricks

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We have curated this NBA 2K21 Passing Guide just for that as it will help you understand the basic and some advanced passing mechanics that you can use in NBA 2K21 and gain an edge over the weaklings that don’t.




Normal Pass – Press X to pass. Use Left Stick to select receiver.


Bounce Pass – Press Circle to pass. Use Left Stick to select receiver.


Lob Pass – Press Triangle to pass. Use Left Stick to select receiver.


Skip Pass -Hold X to target a receiver farther away.


Fake Pass – Press Triangle + Circle while standing or driving to the hoop.


Jump Pass – Press Square + X while standing or driving to the hoop.


Icon Pass – Press R1, then press the action button of the desired receiver. Use Left Stick to lead the receiver in any direction.


Flashy Pass – Double-tap Circle to pass. Use Left Stick to select receiver.


Alley-oop – Double-tap Triangle to pass. Use Left Stick to select receiver.


Alley-oop to Self – Double-tap Triangle + move Left Stick toward the hoop.


Lead to Basket Pass – Press and hold Triangle to make the selected receiver cut to the basket. Release Triangle to pass.


Full Receiver Control – Press and hold Circle to freely move the selected receiver with Left Stick. Release Circle to pass. (Full Receiver Control must be enabled in Controller Settings.)


Touch Pass – Press X before the initial receiver gets the ball. Use Left Stick to select the second receiver.


Pro Stick Pass – Press and hold R1 + move Right Stick in the desired pass direction.


Give and Go – Press and hold X until the receiver catches the ball. While keeping X held, use the Left Stick to move the initial passer, then release X to get the ball back.


Rolling Inbound – Press Triangle during baseline inbounds when no defenders are present.



Tips & Tricks

Here are some of the ways through which you can become much better at passing.


Remember that all that you learn will also be used against you, so beware of the moves that your enemy makes and spot them out to counter them before you lose points.



Controller Settings

Having the right controller settings can end up making a huge difference in the way that you pass the ball while on the court. Set your Pass Target Profile to Custom, Target Direction to 89 along with Distance to 1, and Openness to 10.


This will allow you to be very dynamic, and your players will create many spaces for them to have wide coverage when they take their shots.


This technique will work best when you are either opening up space up close or when you are taking open 3-point shots.



Calling Players to Receive the Ball

You can do this by pressing L1 or LB and then pressing the button of the player that which you want to come and receive the ball.


This is great for when you want the player to come up to you and take the ball. Although this will not advance you up the court much, it will still allow the original passer to make a run and then receive the ball once he is further up the field.



Controlling the Receiver

If you press R1/RB and then hold the player’s icon, you will be able to control the player.


Move the player around and remember that you will receive the ball as soon as you let go of the button that corresponds to the icon of the player that you are controlling.


This move can be used for when you are up against a great defense and want to make the run yourself rather than delegating it to the AI to figure out how to best do that.



Use Fakes

Fakes are a great way to get the pass to your desired player. They work well against AI, but they are especially useful against human players in the online modes.


Try to mix things up and keep players guessing as to where you are going to pass the ball next. Going on a pattern is not a good thing to do because there is a huge chance that your opponent will figure out what you like to do and counter it.



Combine Dribbling and Passing

Try to combine the dribbling mechanics with your passing mechanics. A good player always uses more than one thing, and if you stay one-dimensional in this regard, then you will have a lot of trouble trying to improve yourself later on.


Work on both your dribbling skills as well as your passing skills, and then ensure that you use them in conjunction with one another. This will confuse your opponents, as they will not have a clue as to what you are planning to do next.


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    He is the founder and editor of Magic Game World. He loved gaming from the moment he got a PlayStation 1 with Gran Turismo on his 7th birthday.

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