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

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
MoveLeft stickLeft stick
Dribble moves, shooting & passing aimRight stickRight stick
Post upL2 LT
SprintR2RT
Call playpress L1press LB
Pick controlhold L1hold LB
Icon passR1RB
Pass/touch passXA
Bounce passtap Circletap B
Flashy passdouble tap Circledouble tap B
Receiver controlhold Circlehold B
ShootSquare X
Pump fake/hoptap Squaretap X
Overhead skip passtap Triangletap Y
Alley-oopdouble tap Triangledouble tap Y
Turn HUD on/offDpad upDpad up
Points of emphasisDpad rightDpad right
Offensive strategiesDpad leftDpad left
SubstitutionsDpad downDpad down

Shooting

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
Jump shotMove and hold right stick straight up or down (or hold Square)Move and hold right stick straight up or down (or hold X)
Hop gatherPress Square while driving (left stick determines direction)Press X while driving (left stick determines direction)
Spin gatherPress R2 and double tap Square while drivingPress RT and double tap X while driving
RunnerMove and hold right stick away from the hoop while drivingMove and hold right stick away from the hoop while driving
Normal layupMove and hold right stick towards the hoop while drivingMove and hold right stick towards the hoop while driving
Reverse layupMove and hold right stick towards baseline, while driving along the baselineMove and hold right stick towards baseline, while driving along the baseline
Euro step layupDoubletap Square while drivingDoubletap X while driving
Cradle layupDoubletap Square while holding Left Stick toward the ball handDoubletap X while holding Left Stick toward the ball hand
Two-hand dunkPress R2 and move & hold the right stick towards the hoopPress RT and move & hold the right stick towards the hoop
Flashy dunkPress R2 and move & hold the right stick away from the hoopPress RT and move & hold the right stick away from the hoop
Dominant / off-hand dunkPress R2 and move & hold left or right to dunk with that handPress RT and move & hold left or right to dunk with that hand
Mid-air change shotStart a dunk or layup, then move the right stick in any direction while in the airStart a dunk or layup, then move the right stick in any direction while in the air
Pump fakeStart a jump shot, then release the right stick quicklyStart a jump shot, then release the right stick quickly
Step throughPump fake, then press and hold the right stick before pump fake endsPump fake, then press and hold the right stick before pump fake ends
Putback dunk/layupMove and hold the right stick in any direction during an offensive reboundMove and hold the right stick in any direction during an offensive rebound

Basic & Advanced Defense

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
MoveLeft stickLeft stick
Steal, hands up, contestRight stickRight stick
Intense DL2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Defensive strategiestap L1tap LB
Double teamhold L1hold LB
Icon swapR1 RB
Player swapXA
Take chargeCircleB
StealSquareX
Block, reboundTriangleY
On-ball defensePress and hold L2 when in front of the dribblerPress and hold LT when in front of the dribbler
Crowd dribblerPress and hold L2 when near the dribblerPress and hold LT when near the dribbler
Fast shufflePress and hold L2 and R2, and move the left stick in any directionPress and hold LT and RT, and move the left stick in any direction
Hands up defenseMove and hold the right stick in any directionMove and hold the right stick in any direction
Shot contestMove and hold the right stick in any direction while near the shooter, during the shotMove and hold the right stick in any direction while near the shooter, during the shot
Vertical contestMove and hold the left stick away from the shooter and press TriangleMove and hold the left stick away from the shooter and press Y
Swat blockHold R2 and press TriangleHold RT and press Y
Take chargePress and hold CirclePress and hold B
FlopWhile taking charge, release Circle, then press it againWhile taking charge, release B, then press it again
Intentional foulRepeatedly press Square near ballhandler, or press and hold itRepeatedly press X near ballhandler, or press and hold it
Double teamPress and hold L1Press and hold LB
Icon double teamPress L1, press and hold the action button of desired double teamerPress LB, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer
BumpHold L2 while in the path of the offensive playerHold LT while in the path of the offensive player
ChuckPress L2 and move the right stick towards the offensive player while standingPress LT and move the right stick towards the offensive player while standing
GrabMove the left and right sticks towards the offensive player while the defender is runningMove the left and right sticks towards the offensive player while the defender is running
Post up/ball denialHold L2 when near the opponentHold LT when near the opponent
Deny hands outMove right stick in any directionMove right stick in any direction
Ball pressurePress the right stick towards the ballhandlerPress the right stick towards the ballhandler
PushPress L2 and move the left stick into the defender, while off-ballPress LT and move the left stick into the defender, while off-ball
Deny/front postPress L2 and move the right stick left or right, while off-ballPress LT and move the right stick left or right, while off-ball
Pull chair in postMove the right stick in the same direction as the offensive player, while off ballMove the right stick in the same direction as the offensive player, while off ball

Dribbling

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
Rhythm dribbleMove the right stick towards the hoop, then quickly releaseMove the right stick towards the hoop, then quickly release
In and outPress R2 and move the right stick towards the hoop, then release quicklyPress RT and move the right stick towards the hoop, then release quickly
Hesitation (quick)Move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly releaseMove 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 itPress RT and move the right stick toward the ball hand, then quickly release it
CrossoverMove the right stick towards your off hand, then release itMove the right stick towards your off hand, then release it
Crossover (escape)Press R2 and move the right stick toward your off hand, then releasePress RT and move the right stick toward your off hand, then release
Between legs crossMove the right stick between the off hand and the player’s back, then release quicklyMove the right stick between the off hand and the player’s back, then release quickly
Behind backMove the right stick away from the hoop, then releaseMove the right stick away from the hoop, then release
StepbackPress R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, followed by a quick releasePress RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, followed by a quick release
SpinRotate the right stick from the ball hand around the player’s back, then quickly back to neutralRotate the right stick from the ball hand around the player’s back, then quickly back to neutral
Half spinRotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from the ball hand to the hoop, then quickly go back to neutralRotate the right stick in a quarter-circle from the ball hand to the hoop, then quickly go back to neutral
Triple threat jabMove the right stick left or right, then release itMove the right stick left or right, then release it
Triple threat combo moveMove the right stick towards the hoop, then release it quicklyMove the right stick towards the hoop, then release it quickly
Triple threat stepbackPress R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, then release fastPress RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, then release fast
Triple threat spinoutRotate the right stick then set it back to neutral quicklyRotate the right stick then set it back to neutral quickly

Passing

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
PassMove left stick to point toward recipient, press XMove left stick to point toward recipient, press A
Bounce passPress CirclePress B
Skip passHold XHold A
Overhead skip passTriangleY
Lead to basket passPress and hold Triangle, then releasePress and hold Y, then release
Flashy passDouble tap CircleDouble tap B
Dribble pitch/handoffPress and hold Circle, then releasePress and hold B, then release
Icon passPress R1 then press the action button of the receiverPress RB then press the action button of the receiver
Fake passPress Triangle and CirclePress Y and B
Jump passPress Square and XPress X and A
Alley oopDouble tap Triangle (towards the basket if you want to oop yourself)Double tap Y (towards the basket if you want to oop yourself)
Rolling inboundPress Triangle during baseline inboundsPress Y during baseline inbounds
Give and goPress and hold X to control the passer, release to receive the ball backPress and hold A to control the passer, release to receive the ball back
Pro stick passPress R1 and move the right stickPress RB and move the right stick

Post Moves

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
Enter/leave postPress and hold L2 to post up, release to faceupPress and hold LT to post up, release to faceup
Quick spinRotate the right stick to the outside shoulderRotate the right stick to the outside shoulder
Hook driveRotate the right stick to the inside shoulderRotate the right stick to the inside shoulder
FakesMove the right stick left or right, then release it quicklyMove the right stick left or right, then release it quickly
Pick up dribbleMove the right stick towards the hoop, then releaseMove the right stick towards the hoop, then release
Switch dribble handMove the right stick away from the hoop, then release quicklyMove the right stick away from the hoop, then release quickly
Post hookMove the right stick left or right towards the hoop, at close rangeMove the right stick left or right towards the hoop, at close range
Post fadeMove the right stick left or right away from the hoop, beyond close rangeMove the right stick left or right away from the hoop, beyond close range
Post layupMove and hold the right stick left or right towards the hoop at close range, while the left stick is pointing towards the hoopMove and hold the right stick left or right towards the hoop at close range, while the left stick is pointing towards the hoop
Shimmy shotPress R2 and move the right stick away from the hoop, with the left stick in neutralPress RT and move the right stick away from the hoop, with the left stick in neutral
Shimmy hookPress R2 and move the right stick towards the hoop, while the left stick is in neutral positionPress RT and move the right stick towards the hoop, while the left stick is in neutral position
Post hopMove the left stick left or right away from the hoop, then tap SquareMove the left stick left or right away from the hoop, then tap X
Post stepbackMove the left stick away from the hoop, then tap SquareMove the left stick away from the hoop, then tap X
DropstepMove the left stick right or left toward the hoop, then tap SquareMove the left stick right or left toward the hoop, then tap X
Pump fakeStart one of the above shots, then move the right stick to the neutral positionStart one of the above shots, then move the right stick to the neutral position
Up & under, step throughPump fake, then move the right stick again before pump fake endsPump fake, then move the right stick again before pump fake ends

Advanced Control

ActionPlaystation 4Xbox One
Call for ballPress XPress A
Call for alley-oopDouble tap Triangle while cutting towards hoopDouble tap Y while cutting towards hoop
Set screenPress CirclePress B
Call for screenPress TrianglePress Y
Post upHold L2 while standing or moving into defenderHold LT while standing or moving into defender
PushMove the left stick while posted upMove the left stick while posted up
SpinRotate the right stick clockwise or counterclockwise while posted upRotate the right stick clockwise or counterclockwise while posted up
Walk downMove the left and right sticks towards the defenderMove the left and right sticks towards the defender
Quick playcallPress L1, then select a play using the right stickPress LB, then select a play using the right stick
Positional playcallPress L1, then press a teammate’s action button and choose a playPress LB, then press a teammate’s action button and choose a play
Basic pick controlPress and hold L1Press and hold LB
Advanced pick controlPress and hold L1. Use R1 to choose between roll and fade, and R2 to choose pick sidePress and hold LB. Use RB to choose between roll and fade, and RT to choose pick side
Icon pick controlPress L1, then press and hold action button of desired screenerPress LB, then press and hold action button of desired screener
Slip Screen and Early FadeCall for pick, press L1 again before the screener gets hitCall for pick, press LB again before the screener gets hit
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