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NBA 2K20 Demo News – All Badges That Will Feature This Year

Earlier this week 2K released the demo for their highly anticipated basketball game NBA 2K20. One of the more popular aspects of the game is undoubtedly player creation and customisation. This year, 2K have introduced many new badges and re-introduced some familiar ones that are bound to boost your basketball skills. Let's take a look at all badges that will feature this year and highlight some that could be crucial as seen in the demo release.
NBA 2K20 – All Badges That Will Feature This Year

NBA 2K20 Demo News – All Badges That Will Feature This Year

Finishing Badges

2K have shown a lot of love to Slashers this year, providing players with regularly featured badges such as “Acrobat” and “Relentless Finisher”, but also introducing critical ones such as “Pro Touch”, a badge that rewards players with good control over their layup releases. Noticeably, “Posterizer” has been replaced with “Contact Finisher” which increases the likelihood of making contact dunks, but also heavily contested layups.

Attack the rim like Giannis!

A noteworthy badge in the section has to be “Slithery Finisher”, as it allows players to dodge heavy contact at the rim. Combine this with “Giant Slayer” and it seems like smaller Slasher type players looking to play like Russell Westbrook could actually work this year. Below are all 18 Finishing badges players can expect to see on launch.

Badge Name

Description

Further Information

Acrobat

Boosts the ability to make layups that have a high degree of difficulty

Spin, half-spin, hop step, euro-step, cradle, reverse and change shot layup attempts receive a significant boost

Backdown Punisher

Increases the chances of a player successfully backing down their opponent

Allows players to have more success than normal when backing down a defender in the paint

Consistent Finisher

Reduces the penalty for poorly released layups

Penalties for mis-timed layups are reduced, allowing players to make layups more consistently

Contact Finisher

Improves the ability to convert contact layups and dunks in traffic

Slashers who play below the rim finish contact layups more successfully while dunkers are able to pull off more contact dunks

Cross-Key Scorer

Boosts the shot percentage for layups when moving across the paint

Boosts the ability to make running hooks, layups, or close range pull-ups while driving across the paint

Deep Hooks

Boosts the shot percentage when shooting hooks from a deep distance

Post hooks taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal

Dropstepper

Improves a player’s ability to effectively use dropsteps in the post

Allows for more success when attempting post dropsteps and hop steps, in addition to protecting the ball better while performing these moves in the post

Fancy Footwork

Improves a player’s ability to beat defenders with an advanced layup or dunk gather

Players get past defenders more efficiently when performing euro, cradle, hop step, spin and half-spin gathers

Fastbreak Finisher

Boosts player’s Takeover meter when completing a dunk on a fastbreak

Gives an additional boost to a player’s Takeover meter when successfully dunking on a fastbreak

Giant Slayer

Heightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders

Boosts the shot percentage for a layup attempt when mismatched against a taller defender and reduces the possibility of getting blocked

Lob City Finisher

Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop dunk/layup

Improves a player’s ability to successfully finish an alley-oop layup or dunk. The shot must be taken before the receiver lands

Pick & Roller

Increases shot percentage as the roller in a pick & roll

When rolling off the pick and roll, a shot boost is applied if the layup or dunk attempt comes within a few seconds after catching the pass

Pro Touch

Gives an additional boost for having good layup timing

Gives an extra shot boost for having slightly early, slightly late, or excellent shot timing on layups

Putback Boss

Increases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound

Boosts the shot attributes of a player that attempts a putback layup or dunk right after getting an offensive rebound

Relentless Finisher

Reduces the fatigue effects from continually finishing at the rim with contact

Improves a player’s ability to take a lot of contact by reducing the energy lost when attacking the rim for contact shots

Showtime

Boosts team’s Takeover meters after completing a highlight play

Gives an additional boost to a player’s Takeover meter and his/her teammates, when successfully completing an And-1 or flashy dunk

Slithery Finisher

Improves a player’s ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim

Increases a player’s ability to slide through traffic and avoid contact during gathers and finishes at the rim

Tear Dropper

Increases the chance of hitting floaters and runners

Improves a player’s ability to knock down floaters and runners

Shooting Badges

A total of 19 shooting badges this year if you want to ball like Steph or KD. A lot of interesting additions here including “Pump Fake Maestro” for Kobe fans and “Green Machine” for players who know their jump shot inside out. If you want to get your shots up quick, be sure to check out “Quick Draw”, as it looks like it will be crucial for a majority of sharpshooters and of course, Stretch 4’s. “Deep Range Deadeye” gets a new name, “Range Extender” but pretty much functions identically to its previous appearances. Surprisingly the badge everyone wanted to avoid, “Volume Shooter” makes a return after last seen in 2K17. However, it looks like it’s been reworked and no longer appears as a negative badge.

Many badges to pick n mix if you want to shoot like KD

Notably, it seems as though 2K are attempting to address the D-pad movement exploit from 2K19, as an alternative method of off-ball movement has been provided with the addition of “Slippery Off-Ball.” I’d recommend Post-scorers and Shot-creators to definitely check out “Deep Fades”, as it looks like this badge that could irritate a lot of your opponents on launch.

Badge Name

Description

Further Information

Catch & Shoot

Boosts the chance of hitting a jump shot immediately after a catch

For a short time after receiving a pass, the receiver’s outside shooting attributes get a significant boost

Clutch Shooter

Increases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments

Shot attempts that occur during the final moments of the 4th quarter, or in any overtime period, receive a large boost

Corner Specialist

Gives a boost to shots taken near the corner

Deep mid-range or 3PT shots taken along the baseline of the court receive a boost, whether it is off the dribble or off a catch

Deadeye

Reduces the impact of a defender who is closing out

Jump shots taken with a defender closing out receive less of a penalty from a shot contest. This includes both mid-range and 3PT shots

Deep Fades

Improves the chance of making a post fadeaway from deep range

Post fadeaways taken far from the basket receive less of a distance penalty than normal

Difficult Shots

Improves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble

High difficulty jumpers such as hop steps, spins, stepbacks, and pull-ups receive a shot percentage boost

Flexible Release

Reduces the penalty suffered from miss-timed jump shot releases

Shot timing penalties for jump shots are reduced, making it easier to knock down attempts even when releasing early or late

Green Machine

Increases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases

Gives an additional shot boost when consecutively achieving excellent releases on jump shots

Hot Start

Improves player’s shooting ability after making first shot until a miss occurs

For every made shot from the beginning of the game, player receives a shot attribute bonus that lasts until the first missed shot attempt

Hot Zone Hunter

Boosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player’s favorite spots

Shots that are taken in a player’s hot zone(s) are given a boost

Ice in Veins

Improves a player’s free throw percentage during critical moments

Free throws taken in the second half of close games or overtime periods are given a boost. Also, the timing window for free throws become larger

Pick & Popper

Elevates the shot percentage for an attempt taken off a pick and fade situation.

Shot attempts that come after setting a screen are given a boost if the shot happens far enough from the rim and within a few seconds after the screen has been set

Pump Faking Maestro

Decreases the penalty that comes from shooting after pump fakes

Shortens the timer that determines how long after a pump fake a player can shoot without incurring a shot percentage penalty

Quick Draw

Speeds up the release of a jump shot

The higher the badge level, the faster a player will be able to release all jump shots

Range Extender

Extends the range from which a player can effectively shoot

Adds extra distance to a player’s given shot range for both mid-range and 3PT shots

Slippery Off-Ball

Strengthens the player’s ability to get open off the ball

When attempting to get open off screens, the player more effectively navigates through traffic

Steady Shooter

Reduces the penalties for contested shots and bonuses for open shots

Shot attempts that are contested receive less of a penalty, however shot attempts that are open do no receive as much of a bonus

Tireless Shooter

Improves a player’s ability to make shots when fatigued

Shot attributes on jump shots suffer a smaller penalty than normal when fatigued

Volume Shooter

Boosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game

After a player has taken a small handful of shots, an additional boost to shot attributes is given for every subsequent shot, whether it’s a make or a miss

 

Playmaking Badges

18 playmaking badges this year that are bound to excite the dribbling community, and a few in this section that could attract the interest of some big-men/Post-scorers. Check out new badges “Handles for Days” and “Tight Handles” if you’re looking to snap some ankles. A special mention has to come for the “Quick First Step” badge as judging by gameplay from the demo, it looks to be a pretty neat move if you have the badge on the Gold or Hall of Fame tier.

A fair amount of playmaking badges for players looking to be floor generals

Post-scorers can choose from “Post Spin Technician” and “Dream Shake” which I’m certain will be solid go-to moves. “Dream Shake” appears to be a reworked “Up and Under Specialist” type badge, but provides an extra boost for shots taken in the post, ideal for players looking to emulate Dirk and Hakeem’s game.

Badge Name

Description

Further Information

Ankle Breaker

Improves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves.

When performing stepbacks and other certain moves, the defender stumbles or falls more frequently when biting the wrong way

Bail Out

Increases the chances of successfully completing a pass from mid-air

Passing out of a jump shot or layup yields fewer errant passes than normal

Break Starter

Improves a player’s ability to make effective outlet passes after grabbing a rebound

After grabbing a defensive board, deep outlet passes made up the court are more accurate. Passes must be made quickly following the defensive rebound

Dimer

Boosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shots after catching a pass

When in the half-court, passes by Dimers to open shooters yield a shot percentage boost

Downhill

Increases overall speed with the ball in transition.

Gives a bonus to a player’s Speed With Ball attribute in fastbreak situations

Dream Shake

Raises the chances that a defender bites when doing fakes in the post

Post move fakes have a higher chance of stunning a defender. Also, shot attempts following post moves and shot fakes have an increased shot percentage

Flashy Passer

Gives an additional boost to player’s Takeover meter after completing an assist with a flashy pass

After completing a flashy pass for an assist, both the passer and the scorer receive an additional boost to their Takeover meters

Floor General

Teammates receive an offensive attribute bonus when player is in the game

Gives offensive attribute boosts to teammates when on the floor. Also, at the Hall of Fame level, can see teammates’ potential shot percentages while on offense

Handles For Days

Reduces the amount of energy lost when performing dribble moves

A player takes less of an energy hit when performing consecutive dribble moves, allowing them to chain together combos quicker and for longer periods of time

Lob City Passer

Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop pass

When throwing an alley-oop pass, an attribute boost is given to both the passer and receiver to improve the chances of success

Needle Threader

Increases the likelihood that tough passes can get by the defense

When passing through a tight window between defenders, a boost is given to the player’s passing ability

Pass Fake Maestro

Increases the effectiveness of pass fakes

Pass fakes become quicker and tighter, making them more useful in baiting the defense

Post Spin Technician

Improves the ability of a post spin or drive to work effectively

Attempting to do post spins or drives result in more effective moves, and less of a chance to be stripped

Quick First Step

Provides more explosive first steps out of triple threat and size-ups

When driving out of triple threat or after a size-up, ball handlers have access to quicker, and more effective, launches

Space Creator

Improves a player’s ability to create space from a defender

When performing any stepback move or shot, there’s a higher chance of successfully creating seperation from the opponent

Stop & Go

Improves a player’s ability to start and stop with the ball

Allows for the ball handler to start and stop quickly with unique stops and launches exclusive to this badge

Tight Handles

Improves a player’s ability to break down their defender

Increases a player’s ball handling ability in size-up situations, making it easier to break down the on-ball defender

Unpluckable

Reduces the chances of getting stripped by the defender

When performing dribble moves, defenders have a tougher time poking the ball free with their steal attempts

Defense/Rebounding Badges

An interesting return from “Inteceptor” and a fair amount of new entries such as “Intimidator” and “Heart Crusher.” If you loved playing as a Lockdown in 2K19, it looks like you’ll have a good arsenal to choose from in order to clamp down on your opponents.

Protect the paint like AD this year

If you had enough of big-men mashing down low last year, have no fear as 2K have included solid additions for players looking to protect the rim from inside scorers, such as “Moving Truck” and “Post Move Lockdown.” Combining these badges with “Pogo Stick” and “Rim Protector” will certainly lead to a heavily protected paint area. Below are all 19 badges for anyone aspiring to be a DPOY.

Badge Name

Description

More Information

Box

Improves player’s ability to box out opponents

Strengthens a player’s ability to effectively box out opponents in anticipation of a rebound

Brick Wall

Increases effectiveness of screens and drains energy from opponents on physical contact

This badge makes it tougher for the defense to get through or around screens. Players hit by contact from a Brick Wall lose more energy than normal

Chase Down Artist

Raises the chances of getting a chase-down block

Boosts the speed of leaping ability of a player when he is chasing down an offensive player in anticipation of a block attempt

Clamps

Boosts the ability to stay in front of the ball handler on the perimeter

Defenders have access to quicker cut off moves and are more successful when bumping or hip riding the ball handler

Heart Crusher

Decreases opponents’ Takeover meters when achieving a highlight play on defense

After successfully blocking or stealing the ball from an opponent, an additional penalty is given to the opposing player’s Takeover meter

Inteceptor

Increases chances at getting steals in passing lanes

The frequency of successfully tipped or intercepted passes greatly increases

Intimidator

Intimidates offensive players causing them to miss shots more often

Offensive players have less success shooting when contested by layers with this badge. Also boosts the shot defense ratings when tightly guarding an opponent

Lightning Reflexes

Receives an earlier cue on the Read and React system while playing defense

Gives the defender an advantage to read where the ball handler is going in the Read and React system

Moving Truck

Strengthens a defender’s ability to move people around in the post

Players are more effective pushing opponents out of the post while playing defense

Off-Ball Pest

Improve a player’s ability to bump and harass the offense off the ball

Makes players more difficult to get past when playing off-ball, as they can grab and hold their matchup and don’t get their ankles broken as often

Pick Dodger

Improves a player’s ability to navigate through screens effectively on defense

Improves a player’s ability to navigate through and around screens while on defense

Pick Pocket

Improves a player’s ability to steal the ball from a ball handler

Increases the chances of a steal and reduces the chances of a foul when attempting to strip the ball from a ball handler. Also improves the chances of successful layup strips

Pogo Stick

Improves the ability to attempt multiple blocks in succession

Allows players to quickly go back up for another block attempt upon landing

Post Move Lockdown

Improves the defender’s ability to defend post moves

Increases the chances of a defender preventing an offensive post move from succeeding

Rebound Chaser

Improves a player’s ability to chase down rebounds

Improves a player’s ability to track down rebounds from farther distances than normal

Rim Protector

Improves ability to block shots, gives boost to the Takeover meter for blocker/teammates

Improves player’s ability to block shots, unlocks special block animations and gives a boost to the Takeover meter for the blocker and blocker’s teammates following a block

Tireless Defender

Reduces energy lost when exerting effort on defense

Allows defenders to play defense more aggressively without losing energy at the same rate as a normal player

Trapper

Makes life difficult for the offensive players when trapped

When trapping offensive players, defenders are more effective at forcing pick ups and turnovers than normal

Worm

Allows rebounders to swim or spin around box outs more easily

When boxed out, rebounders have more success swimming around and getting into successful rebound position

 

A fair amount to take in but those were all of the badges available as seen in the demo. I’ve had my fair share of disappointing experiences with previous titles, and given that I’m more of a fan of a simulation type basketball experience, I’m not so sure about some of these badges and how well balanced the game will be. However, 2K have to be commended for the effort they’ve put in for the badges section for this season, as it feels like this year has given players the most immersive player creation experience to date. Which badges are you interested in? Are there any you think that could be game breaking? Let us know with a comment below and see you out on the court on September 6th!

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