NBA 2K18 Controls - Basic & Advanced

NBA 2K18 may seem like a simple sports game to a bystander, but anyone who’s given it a go will tell you it’s nothing to scoff at. There are dozens of specific offense moves, ways to dribble, defensive maneuvers, shooting techniques and such. Each of them requires you to memorize a unique button combination, and the game doesn’t do a good job of showing you these. That’s why we’ve decided to write this NBA 2K18 controls guide, in which we’ll list all the basic and advanced commands.

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NBA 2K18 Controls – Basic & Advanced

Basic Offense

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Move Left stick Left stick
Dribble moves, shooting & passing aim Right stick Right stick
Post up L2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Call play press L1 press LB
Pick control hold L1 hold LB
Icon pass R1 RB
Pass/touch pass X A
Bounce pass tap Circle tap B
Flashy pass double tap Circle double tap B
Receiver control hold Circle hold B
Shoot Square X
Pump fake/hop tap Square tap X
Overhead skip pass tap Triangle tap Y
Alley-oop double tap Triangle double tap Y
Turn HUD on/off Dpad up Dpad up
Points of emphasis Dpad right Dpad right
Offensive strategies Dpad left Dpad left
Substitutions Dpad down Dpad down

Shooting

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Jump shot Move and hold right stick straight up or down (or hold Square) Move and hold right stick straight up or down (or hold X)
Hop gather Press Square while driving (left stick determines direction) Press X while driving (left stick determines direction)
Spin gather Press R2 and double tap Square while driving Press RT and double tap X while driving
Runner Move and hold right stick away from the hoop while driving Move and hold right stick away from the hoop while driving
Normal layup Move and hold right stick towards the hoop while driving Move and hold right stick towards the hoop while driving
Reverse layup Move and hold right stick towards baseline, while driving along the baseline Move and hold right stick towards baseline, while driving along the baseline
Euro step layup Doubletap Square while driving Doubletap X while driving
Cradle layup Doubletap Square while holding Left Stick toward the ball hand Doubletap X while holding Left Stick toward the ball hand
Two-hand dunk Press R2 and move & hold the right stick towards the hoop Press RT and move & hold the right stick towards the hoop
Flashy dunk Press R2 and move & hold the right stick away from the hoop Press RT and move & hold the right stick away from the hoop
Dominant / off-hand dunk Press R2 and move & hold left or right to dunk with that hand Press RT and move & hold left or right to dunk with that hand
Mid-air change shot Start a dunk or layup, then move the right stick in any direction while in the air Start a dunk or layup, then move the right stick in any direction while in the air
Pump fake Start a jump shot, then release the right stick quickly Start a jump shot, then release the right stick quickly
Step through Pump fake, then press and hold the right stick before pump fake ends Pump fake, then press and hold the right stick before pump fake ends
Putback dunk/layup Move and hold the right stick in any direction during an offensive rebound Move and hold the right stick in any direction during an offensive rebound

Basic & Advanced Defense

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Move Left stick Left stick
Steal, hands up, contest Right stick Right stick
Intense D L2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Defensive strategies tap L1 tap LB
Double team hold L1 hold LB
Icon swap R1 RB
Player swap X A
Take charge Circle B
Steal Square X
Block, rebound Triangle Y
On-ball defense Press and hold L2 when in front of the dribbler Press and hold LT when in front of the 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 and R2, and move the left stick in any direction Press and hold LT and RT, and move the left stick in any direction
Hands up defense Move and hold the right stick in any direction Move and hold the right stick in any direction
Shot contest Move and hold the right stick in any direction while near the shooter, during the shot Move and hold the right stick in any direction while near the shooter, during the shot
Vertical contest Move and hold the left stick away from the shooter and press Triangle Move and hold the left stick away from the shooter and press Y
Swat block Hold R2 and press Triangle Hold RT and press Y
Take charge Press and hold Circle Press and hold B
Flop While taking charge, release Circle, then press it again While taking charge, release B, then press it again
Intentional foul Repeatedly press Square near ballhandler, or press and hold it Repeatedly press X near ballhandler, or press and hold it
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
Bump Hold L2 while in the path of the offensive player Hold LT while in the path of the offensive player
Chuck Press L2 and move the right stick towards the offensive player while standing Press LT and move the right stick towards the offensive player while standing
Grab Move the left and right sticks towards the offensive player while the defender is running Move the left and right sticks towards the offensive player while the defender is running
Post up/ball denial Hold L2 when near the opponent Hold LT when near the opponent
Deny hands out Move right stick in any direction Move right stick in any direction
Ball pressure Press the right stick towards the ballhandler Press the right stick towards the ballhandler
Push Press L2 and move the left stick into the defender, while off-ball Press LT and move the left stick into the defender, while off-ball
Deny/front post Press L2 and move the right stick left or right, while off-ball Press LT and move the right stick left or right, while off-ball
Pull chair in post Move the right stick in the same direction as the offensive player, while off ball Move the right stick in the same direction as the offensive player, while off ball

Dribbling

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Rhythm dribble Move the right stick towards the hoop, then quickly release Move the right stick towards the hoop, then quickly release
In and out Press R2 and move the right stick towards the hoop, then release quickly Press RT and move the right stick towards the hoop, then release quickly
Hesitation (quick) Move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly release Move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly release
Hesitation (escape) Press R2 and move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly release it Press RT and move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly release it
Crossover Move the right stick towards your off hand, then release it Move the right stick towards your off hand, then release it
Crossover (escape) Press R2 and move the right stick toward your off hand, then release Press RT and move the right stick toward your off hand, then release
Between legs cross Move the right stick between the off hand and the player’s back, then release quickly Move the right stick between the off hand and the player’s back, then release quickly
Behind back Move the right stick away from the hoop, then release Move the right stick away from the hoop, then release
Stepback Press R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, followed by a quick release Press RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, followed by a quick release
Spin Rotate the right stick from the ball hand around the player’s back, then quickly back to neutral Rotate the right stick from the ball hand around the player’s back, then quickly back to neutral
Half spin Rotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from the ball hand to the hoop, then quickly go back to neutral Rotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from the ball hand to the hoop, then quickly go back to neutral
Triple threat jab Move the right stick left or right, then release it Move the right stick left or right, then release it
Triple threat combo move Move the right stick towards the hoop, then release it quickly Move the right stick towards the hoop, then release it quickly
Triple threat stepback Press R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, then release fast Press RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, then release fast
Triple threat spinout Rotate the right stick then set it back to neutral quickly Rotate the right stick then set it back to neutral quickly

Passing

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Pass Move left stick to point toward recipient, press X Move left stick to point toward recipient, press A
Bounce pass Press Circle Press B
Skip pass Hold X Hold A
Overhead skip pass Triangle Y
Lead to basket pass Press and hold Triangle, then release Press and hold Y, then release
Flashy pass Double tap Circle Double tap B
Dribble pitch/handoff Press and hold Circle, then release Press and hold B, then release
Icon pass Press R1 then press the action button of the receiver Press RB then press the action button of the receiver
Fake pass Press Triangle and Circle Press Y and B
Jump pass Press Square and X Press X and A
Alley oop Double tap Triangle (towards the basket if you want to oop yourself) Double tap Y (towards the basket if you want to oop yourself)
Rolling inbound Press Triangle during baseline inbounds Press Y during baseline inbounds
Give and go Press and hold X to control the passer, release to receive the ball back Press and hold A to control the passer, release to receive the ball back
Pro stick pass Press R1 and move the right stick Press RB and move the right stick

Post Moves

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Enter/leave post Press and hold L2 to post up, release to faceup Press and hold LT to post up, release to faceup
Quick spin Rotate the right stick to the outside shoulder Rotate the right stick to the outside shoulder
Hook drive Rotate the right stick to the inside shoulder Rotate the right stick to the inside shoulder
Fakes Move the right stick left or right, then release it quickly Move the right stick left or right, then release it quickly
Pick up dribble Move the right stick towards the hoop, then release Move the right stick towards the hoop, then release
Switch dribble hand Move the right stick away from the hoop, then release quickly Move the right stick away from the hoop, then release quickly
Post hook Move the right stick left or right towards the hoop, at close range Move the right stick left or right towards the hoop, at close range
Post fade Move the right stick left or right away from the hoop, beyond close range Move the right stick left or right away from the hoop, beyond close range
Post layup Move and hold the right stick left or right towards the hoop at close range, while the left stick is pointing towards the hoop Move and hold the right stick left or right towards the hoop at close range, while the left stick is pointing towards the hoop
Shimmy shot Press R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, with the left stick in neutral Press RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, with the left stick in neutral
Shimmy hook Press R2 and move the right stick towards the hoop, while the left stick is in neutral position Press RT and move the right stick towards the hoop, while the left stick is in neutral position
Post hop Move the left stick left or right away from the hoop, then tap Square Move the left stick left or right away from the hoop, then tap X
Post stepback Move the left stick away from the hoop, then tap Square Move the left stick away from the hoop, then tap X
Dropstep Move the left stick right or left toward the hoop, then tap Square Move the left stick right or left toward the hoop, then tap X
Pump fake Start one of the above shots, then move the right stick to the neutral position Start one of the above shots, then move the right stick to the neutral position
Up & under, step through Pump fake, then move the right stick again before pump fake ends Pump fake, then move the right stick again before pump fake ends

Advanced Control

Action Playstation 4 Xbox One
Call for ball Press X Press A
Call for alley-oop Double tap Triangle while cutting towards hoop Double tap Y while cutting towards hoop
Set screen Press Circle Press B
Call for screen Press Triangle Press Y
Post up Hold L2 while standing or moving into defender Hold LT while standing or moving into defender
Push Move the left stick while posted up Move the left stick while posted up
Spin Rotate the right stick clockwise or counterclockwise while posted up Rotate the right stick clockwise or counterclockwise while posted up
Walk down Move the left and right sticks towards the defender Move the left and right sticks towards the defender
Quick playcall Press L1, then select a play using the right stick Press LB, then select a play using the right stick
Positional playcall Press L1, then press a teammate’s action button and choose a play Press LB, then press a teammate’s action button and choose a play
Basic pick control Press and hold L1 Press and hold LB
Advanced pick control Press and hold L1. Use R1 to choose between roll and fade, and R2 to choose pick side Press and hold LB. Use RB to choose between roll and fade, and RT to choose pick side
Icon pick control Press L1, then press and hold action button of desired screener Press LB, then press and hold action button of desired screener
Slip Screen and Early Fade Call for pick, press L1 again before the screener gets hit Call for pick, press LB again before the screener gets hit
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