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NBA 2K24: How to Play Defense & Block More Shots

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Aight, hoop heads, time to lay down some knowledge about the D-game in NBA 2K24. We ain’t just jibber-jabberin’ about buckets here, we’re chattin’ up blocks and boards, the real deal MVPs.


Ever heard of big names like ‘The Big Fundamental’ Tim Duncan or ‘The Glove’, Gary Payton? They had the blueprint – defense is the clutch, no cap. And that ain’t just fluff in 2K24. Battenin’ down the hatches on your opponent and keeping the rim on lock is what sets apart the goats from the wannabes.



Understanding Player Ratings & Badges

We ain’t gonna get far without knowing the lay of the land first. That means understanding player ratings and badges. A player’s defense, block, and vertical ratings are key here, but there are a couple more numbers you should keep in mind. ‘Perimeter Defense’ and ‘Interior Defense’ are the bread and butter of any defensive player.


On the badge side of things, ‘Rim Protector’ increases your ability to block shots, while ‘Chase Down Artist’ speeds up your transition defense and boosts your block rating on chase down blocks. ‘Intimidator’ is another biggie. It makes your opponent miss more shots around you. Basically, it’s like your player’s got an invisible force field that messes up the other guy’s aim. If you got badge points to spare on your MyPlayer, these are the ones you wanna gun for.



On-Ball Defense: Stick to ’em Like Glue

When you’re up in the mix, you gotta keep close to your man, like you’re his shadow. Don’t go slack and give ’em a chance to pop one off, but also, don’t crowd ’em or they’ll just breeze right past you. Stay light on your feet, ready to step up.



Off-Ball Defense: Keep it Tight

Not the main man in the paint? Don’t just stand around lookin’ lost. Stay in the game, track your man, and keep those easy buckets outta reach.



Pick-and-Roll: Keep Your Eyes Peeled

The pick-and-roll is a slick trick that can get one over you if you’re caught napping. When it’s on the horizon, make sure to holler at your squad. Depending on the guy setting the pick, you gotta choose: stick with him or man the fort at the rim.



Blocking Shots: Timing is Everything

Blocking ain’t about leaping as soon as the shooter makes a move. You gotta wait for them to hit the high point of their jump, then slap that ball outta there like you’re swatting flies.



Advanced Moves: Flex Your Skills

Feeling like a boss? Hone your shot contesting and steals. Only reach for the block when you’re sure you can make it, and don’t go waving your arms around like you’re trying to flag down a cab, or you’ll rack up fouls.



Mind Games: Play Smart

The game ain’t just about the grind, it’s about the mind, too. Study your rival, know their playbook, and stay one step ahead. You gotta be the fox, not just the lion.



Settings: Get the Right Setup

In the settings, keep your defensive assist strength under 20. This way, your player won’t be sliding around like Bambi on ice. And turn off ‘Who to Guard’ so the game’s AI ain’t yanking your chain.



Turbo: Use Sparingly

Don’t hit the turbo unless you’re in a jam and they’re about to sink one. Even the top D gets dunked on sometimes. It’s all part of the game.



Jumping: Patience, My Friend

Only hit the air when they’re locked into a dunk or layup. Jump too early or too often and you’re just setting out the welcome mat for points.



Distance: Mind Your Space

Keep it close enough to challenge a shot, but far enough to keep ’em from driving to the bucket. Strike that balance and you’re in the money.



Reaching: Don’t Get Grabby

Unless you’re sure you can nab the ball, keep your hands to yourself. It’s usually better to stay in position than risk giving them a free pass.



The Mental Game: Outwit, Outlast

D ain’t just about the hustle. It’s a head game, too. Study your opponent, learn their go-to moves, and get ahead of their game. Once you’ve got them figured out, the W is as good as yours.


  • Fernando

    Fernando is doing what he always did, sharing his honest opinions about games whenever he can. The difference is now he is writing and not talking about it.

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