NBA 2K21 Dribble Moves Guide

NBA 2k21 has some interesting animations, especially for Dribble moves. Here, we bring you the NBA 2K21 dribble moves guide, to help you become more familiar with these overpowered dribbling skills to beat regular opponents easily.

Dribble Moves

How To Unlock Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21?

You will have no Dribble Moves when you start. You’ll need to buy Dribble Moves from the Animation Store with NBA 2K21 MT or VC. As you level up, you will unlock more Dribble Moves for purchase.

How to Do Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21?

The different dribble moves will come in handy in different situations. Therefore, it is recommended that you practice the following different movements and then play around the few that you feel most comfortable with.

Crossover: Move the right thumbstick and then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand.

Momentum Crossover: Same as a regular Crossover, but you’ll want to be sprinting with R2 on the PlayStation 4 or RT on the Xbox One at the same time.

Between Legs Cross: Move the right thumbstick down to the left and then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand.

Momentum Between Legs Cross: This may shock you, but do the same as the above while sprinting with R2/RT.

Behind the Back: Move the right thumbstick down and then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand.

Hard Stop / Stutter: Tap L2 on the PlayStation 4 or LT on Xbox One while driving for a quick change of speed to break a defender off and set up an open shot.

Spin: Rotate the right thumbstick clockwise and then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand.

Half Spin: Rotate the right thumbstick in a quarter circle from right to up, and then quickly release when dribbling with the right hand.

How To Change Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21?

Enter the MyPlayer menu and when you arrive on the My Animations screen you will be greeted by several options. Dribble Moves is the second option on the screen and it is what we want to change. To create or change your Dribble Moves, select the type you want to change and set a new move. Once the new actions are activated, you can then use these moves during games.

Best Dribble Moves in NBA 2K21

Best Dribble Moves

Knowing the best dribble moves in NBA 2k21 and their combinations will not only increase your chances of winning but will also help you understand which move suits you the best. Here, we bring to you the list of the best dribble animations in NBA 2k21.

• Dribble Style: Quick | Magic Johnson
• Moving Crossovers: Pro 8 | Pro 2
• Moving Behind the Backs: Pro 3 | Pro 5
• Moving Spin: Basic 1 | Pro 4
• Moving Hesitations: Pro 3 | Pro 5
• Sig Size-Up: K. Irving | C. Paul | T. Hardaway
• Park Size-Up: Park 13 | Park 5 | Park 11
• Basic Size-Up Packages: Pro 6 | Pro 5
• Size-Up Escape Packages: Pro 2 | Pro 4
• Triple Threat Styles: Normal 2 | WNBA 4 | Normal 1

As players will see, there are several reasonable options for each of the dribble animations in NBA 2K21, and fans are advised to give them all a try before finalizing their selections. That said, there are a few instances where one of the indicated dribble moves is likely better than the alternatives, and indeed players should consider locking in Moving Crossovers at Pro 2, Moving Spin at Basic 1, and Size-Up Escape Packages at Pro 2 straightaway.

NBA 2K21 Dribble Moves Tips

Today, we will be going over a few must-know beginner dribble moves to help beat defenders off the dribble in NBA 2K21.

Retreat Spin Move

To perform the retreat spin move, swing the right stick from your off-ball hand around the bottom to your ball hand while driving. Immediately after, aim the left stick towards your player’s back. The positions on this will depend on where he’s at on the court. This move acts as a nice counter against defenders who sell out thinking the ball handler will spin in the opposite direction. All the while you’re setting up a wide-open shot or an easy drive the other way.

Explosive Behind the Back

Now, to do an explosive behind the back dribble, aim the right stick down and to the side of the off-ball hand. Do this while aiming the left stick up and to the same side your off-ball hand is on. This is deadly because of the simple fact you can perform this from a standstill position. Imagine the possibilities this presents when you’re in the triple threat position or setting up a pick and roll.


One of the most important dribble moves to utilize when playing aggressive defenders is the stepback. This is effective most when used after the defender has nearly or completely stopped the drive. It also works well against defenders playing super close. Pulling off a successful stepback provides much-needed spacing by opening up a possible shot opportunity or drive with the increased driving angles. To perform a setback you hold the right trigger on your controller and flick the right stick down.

Behind The Back Escape Dribble

This move is done by holding the right stick down and towards your off-ball hand. Any major ball handler in NBA 2K21 must have this move in their bag of tricks.

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