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NBA 2K21 PS4 Controls

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NBA 2K21 PS4 Controls

Every control option on the PS4 version of NBA 2K21.

Basic Offense

  • Left Stick – Move Player
  • Right Stick – Pro Stick: Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing
  • L2 – Post Up (hold) / Dribble Moves (tap)
  • R2 – Sprint
  • L1 – Call Play (tap) / Pick Control (hold)
  • R1 – Icon Pass
  • X – Pass / Skip Pass (hold)
  • Circle – Bounce Pass (tap) / Flash Pass (double tap) / Receiver Control (hold)
  • Square – Shoot (tap for Pump Fake / Hop)
  • Triangle – Overhead Skip Pass (tap) / Alley-oop (double tap) / Lead to Basket (hold)
  • Up on D-Pad – Gameplay HUD
  • Right on D-Pad – Point of Emphasis
  • Left on D-Pad – Offensive Strategies
  • Down on D-Pad – Substitutions
  • Click Touchpad – Timeout
  • Options – Pause

Shooting

  • Jump Shot: Press and hold Square. Or move and hold Right Stick then release
  • Bank Shot: Move and hold Right Stick up and release
  • Free Throw: Press and hold Square or move and hold Right Stick then release
  • Normal Layup: Move and hold Right Stick up while driving
  • Runner / Floater: Move and hold Right Stick down while driving in close range
  • Reverse Layup: Move and hold Right Stick right while driving along the right baseline
  • Euro Step Layup – Move and hold Right Stick down left while driving with the ball in the right hand. Or Double-tap Square while driving while holding Left Stick toward the off-hand.
  • Cradle Layup: Move and hold Right Stick down right while driving with the ball in the right hand. Or Double-tap Square while driving while holding Left Stick toward the ball hand.
  • 2-Hand Dunk: R2 + Move and hold Right Stick up while driving
  • Dominant / Off-Hand Dunk: R2 + Move and hold Right Stick left or right. The Right Stick direction determines the dunking hand
  • Flashy Dunk: R2 + Move and hold Right Stick down (while driving)
  • Pump Fake: tap Square or quickly move and release Right Stick
  • Hop Gather: R2 + Move and hold Right Stick down left or right. Or tap Square while dribbling with Left Stick deflected
  • Spin Gather: Rotate Right Stick clockwise then hold while driving with the ball in the right hand. Or Hold R2 +Double tap Square
  • Half Spin Gather: Rotate Right Stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then hold while driving with the ball in the right hand
  • Step Through: Pump fake, then press and hold Right Stick in any direction before pump fake ends. Or pump fake, then press and hold Square
  • Mid-Air Change Shot: Start dunk/layup, move Right Stick in any direction while in the air
  • Putback Dunk / Layup: Press Square or Move and hold Right Stick in any direction when attempting an offensive rebound

Dribbling

  • Sprint: Hold R2 + Move Left Stick in any direction
  • Signature Size-up Chains: Perform standing dribbling moves in rapid succession to trigger special signature size-up combo moves
  • In and Out: R2 + Move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • Hesitation: Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Hesitation (Escape): R2 + Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Crossover: Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Crossover to Hesitation Escape: R2 + Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Between Legs Cross: Move Right Stick down left then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Behind the Back: Move Right Stick down then quickly release
  • Behind the Back Wrap Escape: R2 + move Right Stick then quickly release while standing to dribble
  • Stepback: R2 + Move Right Stick down then quickly release while driving
  • Spin: Rotate Right Stick clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Half Spin: Rotate Right Stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand
  • Hard Stop / Stutter: Tap L2 while driving for a quick change of speed to break a defender off and set up an open shot. It’s also useful for freezing them for a stop-and-go blowby to the hoop.
  • Hold Off Defenders: Holding L2 allows you to use your body to shield off defenders while dribbling. Use it against trailing defenders to prevent them from getting around you, making it easier to finish at the rim
  • Triple Threat Side Jab: Move Right Stick right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
  • Triple Threat Front Jab: Move Right Stick up right then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
  • Triple Threat Quick Jab: Move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Mid-Stepover: Move Right Stick up left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
  • Triple Threat Full-Stepover: Move Right Stick left then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
  • Triple Threat Pump Fake: Move Right Stick down then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Side Hesitation: R2 + Move Right Stick left or right then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Attack Hesitation: R2 + Move Right Stick up left or up right then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Start Dribble: R2 + Move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Stepback: R2 + Move Right Stick down then quickly release
  • Triple Threat Spin-Out: Rotate Right Stick clockwise then quickly release (with left pivot foot established)
  • Triple Threat Cross Spin-Out: Rotate Right Stick counter-clockwise then quickly release (With left pivot foot established)

Passing

  • Normal Pass: Press X. Left Stick selects the receiver
  • Bounce Pass: Press Circle Left Stick selects the receiver
  • Lob Pass: Press Triangle Left Stick selects the receiver
  • Skip Pass: Hold X to target a receiver farther away
  • Fake Pass: Triangle + Circle while standing or driving to hoop
  • Jump Pass: Square + X while standing or driving to the hoop
  • Icon Pass: Press R1 then press action button of the desired receiver. Left Stick selects the receiver
  • Flashy Pass: Double-tap Circle. Left Stick selects receiver.
  • Alley-oop: Double-tap Triangle. Left Stick selects receiver.
  • Alley-oop to Self: Double-tap Triangle + Move Left Stick toward the hoop
  • Lead to Basket Pass: Press and hold Triangle Left Stick selects receiver. then release to pass
  • Full Receiver Control: Press and hold Circle, use Left Stick to move the selected recipient then release Circle to pass (Full Receiver Control must be enabled in Controller Settings)
  • Touch Pass: Press X before the initial receiver gets the ball. Left Stick selects the receiver
  • Pro Stick Pass: R1 + Right Stick
  • Give and Go: Press and hold X to retain control of passer, release A to receive the ball back
  • Rolling Inbound: Triangle during baseline inbounds when no defenders are present

Basic Defense

  • Left Stick – Move Player
  • Right Stick – Hands Up / Contest / Take Charge
  • L2 – Intense D
  • R2 – Sprint
  • L1 – Defensive Strategies (tap) / Double Team (hold)
  • R1 – Icon Swap
  • X – Player Swap (closest to the ball)
  • Circle – Take Charge
  • Square – Steal
  • Triangle – Block / Rebound
  • Up on D-Pad – Gameplay HUD
  • Right on D-Pad – Defensive Game Plan
  • Left on D-Pad – Defensive Sets
  • Down on D-Pad – Substitutions
  • Click Touchpad – Intentional Foul
  • Options – Pause

On-ball Defense

  • Intense-D: Press and hold L2 when in front of the dribbler
  • Crowd Dribbler: Press and hold L2 when near the dribbler
  • Fast Shuffle: Press and hold L2 + R2, move Left Stick in any direction
  • Hands Up: Move and hold Right Stick up
  • Hands Out: Move and hold Right Stick left or right to defend the passing lane
  • Shot Contest: Move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • On ball Steal: Move Right Stick down then quickly release
  • Vertical Contest: Move and hold Left Stick away from the shooter and press Triangle
  • Swat Block: Hold R2 and press Triangle
  • Take Charge: Press and hold Circle
  • Flop: Double-tap Circle
  • Pull Chair in Post – Just move and then release the Left Stick quickly if you are tackled by an aggressive player back down

Off-ball Defense

  • Box Out: Hold L2 when near an opponent after the ball has been shot
  • Rebound: Press Triangle after the ball hits the rm when a shot is missed
  • Bump: Hold L2 while impeding the path of the offensive player
  • Deny Hands Out: Hold Right Stick in any direction when near an opponent
  • Deny Engage: Hold L2 when near an opponent while out in the perimeter
  • Post-Up Engage: Hold L2 when near an opponent while inside near the basket
  • Post Push: Hold L2 to engage in the post. Move Left Stick toward the offensive player
  • Post-Pull Chair: Hold L2 to engage in the post. Move Right Stick in the same direction the offensive player is pushing
  • Post Transition: Hold L2 to engage in the post. Move Right Stick up, down, left, or right
  • Post Fight for Position: Hold L2 to engage in the post. Move Right Stick up or down when the offensive player attempts to transition
  • Post Steal Entry Pass: Hold L2 to engage in the post. Press Square as the ball is being passed in
  • Post Disengage: Move Left Stick away from the offensive player
  • Dive for Loose Ball. Repeatedly press Square while chasing down a loose ball

Advanced Controls for PS4

Post Moves

  • Enter / Leave Post: Press and hold L2 to post up, release L2 to faceup
  • Post Pivot: Press and hold L2 to post up. Move Left Stick in any direction then quickly release (while holding the ball)
  • Drive to Key: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 + Left Stick toward the key then quickly release L2
  • Drive to Baseline: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 + Left toward the baseline then quickly release L2
  • Drop Step: Hold L2 to post up. Move and hold Left Stick left or right toward the hoop then tap Square
  • Spin or Drive: Hold L2 to post up. Then, rotate Right Stick to either shoulder
  • Switch Facing: Hold L2 to post up. Move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • Spin or Drive Stepback: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 and move Right Stick left or right then quickly release
  • Jab Stepback: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 and move Right Stick up then quickly release
  • Straight Stepback: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 and move Right Stick down then quickly release
  • Aggressive Backdown: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 + Left Stick toward the defender
  • Avoid Steal: Hold L2 to post up. Move Right Stick down and quickly release (while holding the ball)
  • Post Layup: Hold L2 to post up. Move Left Stick toward the hoop + hold Right Stick up left or upright
  • Post Hook: Hold L2 to post up. With Left Stick neutral, move and hold Right Stick up left or upright
  • Post Fade: Hold L2 to post up. Move and hold Right Stick left or right away from the hoop
  • Post-Shimmy Hook: Hold L2 to post up. With Left Stick neutral, hold R2 + Move and hold Right Stick up left or upright
  • Post-Shimmy Fade: Hold L2 to post up. With Left Stick neutral, hold R2 + Move and hold Right Stick down left or down right
  • Post Hop: Hold L2 to post up. Move and hold Left Stick left, right, or down then tap Square
  • Post Pump Fake: Hold L2 to post up. Move Right Stick in any direction then quickly release (while holding the ball)
  • Post Up and Under: Hold L2 to post up. Use Right Stick to pump fake, then let go of L2 and quickly move and hold Right Stick again before the pump fake ends.
  • Post Dunk Attempt: Hold L2 to post up. Hold R2 and move Left Stick + Right Stick up

Off-ball Offense

  • Jump Ball: Press Triangle or move Right Stick in any direction
  • Call for Ball: Press X
  • Call for Alley-oop: Double-tap Triangle (while cutting toward hoop)
  • Finish Alley-oop: Press Square or move and hold Right Stick in any direction when receiving an alley-oop pass
  • Set Screen: Hold Circle
  • Call for Screen: Press L1 to have a teammate set a pick
  • Offball Juke: Move Right Stick left or right then quickly release
  • Offball Spin: Rotate Right Stick clockwise or counter-clockwise
  • Offball Get Open: Perform a Juke or Spin move, then hold R2 + Left Stick in any direction
  • Putback: Press Square or move and hold Right Stick in any direction while the ball is in the air
  • Post Engage: Hold L2 when near a defender
  • Post Spin: Hold L2 to post up. Rotate Right Stick to either shoulder
  • Post Push: Hold L2 to post up. Move Left Stick toward the defender
  • Post Transition: Hold L2 to post up. Move Right Stick toward the dribbler or the hoop
  • Post Fight for Position: Hold L2 to post up. Move Right Stick up or down when the defensive player attempts to transition
  • Post Disengage: Release L2 or move Left Stick away from the defender
  • Post Walk Down: Move Left Stick and Right Stick toward the defender

Advanced Offense

  • Call Timeout: Press the Back button while on offense
  • Positional Playcalling: Press L1 then R1, then press the teammate’s action button. Follow the on-screen overlay to choose a play from the menu
  • 2K Smart Playcalling & Quick Plays: Press Dpad Left
  • Post Up: Press L1 and select Post Up
  • Quick Isolation: Press L1 and select Isolation
  • Pick Control Basic: Hold L1 to have teammate set a pick
  • Pick Control Side: Hold L1 and press Left Stick in to choose the pick side
  • Pick Control Roll or Fade: Hold L1 and use R1 to choose Roll or Fade
  • Slip Screen and Early Fade: Once a pick is called, press L1 again at any time before the screener gets hit to have them Slip or Fade early
  • Icon Pick Control: Press L1 then R1, then press and hold the teammate’s action button to have them set the screen
  • Running Baseline: Hold L2 and use Right Stick to move the inbounder

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