In NBA 2K20 MyCareer mode, you win badges for your generated player by excelling in one of four categories: Starting, Shooting, Playmaking, and Defending / Rebounding.
It used to be that in previous titles, you’d have to snatch a ball to get a pickpocket badge. But in NBA 2K20, you can win a pickpocket badge by actually excelling in Defending / Rebounding. Then you have the right to allocate your badge to any talent in that division.
This helps you to customize the characters you have developed more than ever. And it also helps you to develop a talent that you might not be inherently successful at. Once upon a time, it would be almost difficult to win a Pickpocket badge if you started MyCareer with a low Steal rank. Now, you can recover and obstruct your way to the badge without trying to grab it once.
Here are the appropriate badges for each of the five basketball positions: Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward, and Center.
Traditionally, the point guard takes the ball up the court, calls the action, and threats the perimeter. Your badges are meant to play for those talents in the Shooting and Playmaking categories.
As a point guard, you’re going to be smaller and less power than most of the players on the court. Slithery Finisher helps you to prevent direct contact while driving to the ground.
A main badge, Ankle Breaker will improve your point guard’s odds of missing your defenseman and create space for your shot.
You’re going to be racking up a lot of assists as a point guard. And the Dimer button, which raises the short percentage of who you’re going to, will make the best of your teammates’ opportunities.
Great for threatening the opponent’s point guard as he takes the ball up the court, Pick Pocket lets you try to grab without having the infamous reach-in penalty.
This badge makes you hang on to the ball tighter, so you don’t want to get robbed as you pass into the ground.
As a shooting guard, you’re going to come off the screens and get a clear view at the basket Most shooting guards would have outstanding shot percentages from every spot on the court.
Catch & Shoot
This badge will improve the precision of your shot right after you catch a pass. This is great for going off the screens and drawing up the 3-point grid.
Great for James Harden-Esque stepback movements, the Room Maker makes it easy to get an open look while the defender is on top of you.
Quick Draw increases the level at which you can run. This is ideal whether you cross over your opponent or get off the frame, helping you to take a shot before your fist pops up in your face.
A main badge outside the arc, the corner expert improves the precision of the three points around the baseline. Be sure you adapt and apply the playbook of your squad correctly.
Pick Dodger is important to a defensive shooter who wants to loop through and smash the screens to shield his enemy. This is your only defense against all the variants in the pick and roll.
The small forward is a master of all trades. He’s got to be able to do a little bit of anything, but he’s usually skilled in cutting the rim. Consequently, the best awards of a small forward accentuate his strength, which is appropriate to a wide range of circumstances.
Quick First Step
In his step, a small forward wants to be explosive. A fast first move will guarantee that the player is ready to blow up the defenders as they head for the rim.
This badge allows the little attacker to protect himself from violent motions by holding his body in front of his opponent’s. This is a fantastic badge for any position, but it’s important for a small forward.
As a small forward, you’re going to be powering your way through traffic. Contact finisher allows you to make more layup and dunks, even when making contact with defenders
Just because you can push past defenders and get the shot off doesn’t mean the defender won’t swat it out of the sky. In NBA 2K20, blocking is more effective and common than it’s ever been. You have to vary your hop steps and Euro steps to keep your opponent guessing. Acrobat will help you make your more difficult layup shots.
Lastly, Relentless Finisher cuts down on your fatigue when you make contact with an opponent in the paint. Relentless Finisher makes y6our player durable so that he doesn’t his limited energy with the game on the line.
A good Power Forward clogs up the paint, grabs offensive and defensive rebounds, and feeds the fast breaks with deep outlet passes. A power forward is historically an inside position, but the concept of a stretch 4, who trails the team on the trip up the floor and pulls for a mid-range or three-pointer.
You’re going to be in the paint a whole lot, creating congestion and headaches for players who like to cut to the rim. Intimidator increases the opponent’s likelihood of missing these shots, even if they manage to power their way inside
A power forward is defensive and reactive, often doing the necessary dirty work so the team’s stars shine. A tireless defender will allow you aggressively, intensely defend your opponent without becoming fatigued.
Grabbing rebounds is an essential part of a power forward’s job. And Rebound Chaser expands the distance at which the player can track and grab the ball mid-air.
After you grab a defensive rebound, your teammates will likely make a fast break to the other end of the floor. Use Breakstarter to up the accuracy of your deep outlet passes and score a quick assist.
The Worm was Dennis Rodman’s nickname, for his ability to weave around boxouts and grab offensive rebounds. This badge will let you do the same, and pairs well with the Putback King badge.
There’s a lot of overlap, especially in NBA 2K20, between the power forward and center positions. But whereas the power forward typically has a greater shooting ability and tends to be somewhat quicker, a center tends to be taller and more effective in the post. A lot of power forward badges are equally applicable to a decent center. Consider these badges as well.
The Rim Protector badge increases your ability to block your opponents’ shots. Try to block when your opponent drives to the rim, or when he’s attempting a putback, for the best results.
The center’s classic metagame is in the post, where mobility is key. Named after Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, the Dream Shake badge will improve your big man’s ability to fake out his opponent while backing him down.
As a center, you’ll often find yourself setting the screen for the pick and roll. The Brick Wall badge will make it harder for your defender to get around you. It will also drain your opponent’s energy, preventing him from catching your teammate who called the pick.
Pick & Roller
After setting the screen, you’ll usually charge the basket and anticipate the pass. This badge will increase your dunk and shot percentages heading into the paint.
Most of your center’s field goal attempts will be either close shots or layups. The Pro Touch badge will make the required precision more forgiving; even if your layup is a little late or a little early on the release, the shot will still go in.