Without knowing what NBA 2K18 has in store for is our top 5 NBA 2K18 badges that would fill the holes that 2K17 has created. There are many badges from past versions of 2K that we would love to see make a comeback in NBA 2K18 like Fade Ace or Interceptor but for this article we attempted to come up new ideas for badges we haven’t seen from 2K in the past.

5. The Glove

The number of contested shots that go in in 2K17 is too high. The shot contest rating on most archetypes is not enough to outweigh the contested midrange or 3 point rating and consistently force misses. Yes, height helps you contest shots in a major way but it also slows you down. The Glove would solve this problem. This badge would increase your ability to contest shots effectively, forcing more misses and allowing you to play better defense.

4. Bullet Passer

Even with a high passer rating and Hall of Fame dimer you can still find yourself throwing slow lob passes inexplicably. These passes are easy to intercept and give the defense too much time to recover. Bullet Passer would be an increase in the speed of passes that you throw, allowing you to create open looks for teammates that were not possible in 2k17. We believe a strong passing game is more important than ISO ball and this badge would help with that style of play.

3. Flashy Dunker

2k spends a large amount of time recording flashy dunk animations that look great when they trigger. Unfortunately we do not equip any of these because they get blocked at a higher rate than the basic one and two hand dunk packages. 2k17 has posterizer to help with contact dunks but Flashy Dunker would be for non-contact animations. The badge would allow you to use these flashy dunk packages in traffic while getting blocked at a lower rate.

2. 3 and D

Ideally 3 and D would be an archetype in 2K18 but a badge version would be an acceptable substitute.  This badge would once again reward players for playing good defense. The badge would trigger after a block, steal, or good shot defense and would lead to an increase in shooting percentage on the next possession from behind the 3 point arc.

1. Dominant Post Presence

Post scorer is one of the more under-utilized archetypes in 2K17 and that is a travesty. Many players that have created a post scorer can immediately tell you why they do not play it as much as their other MyPlayers, it is incredibly easy to lose the ball in the post. Whether it is a double team or your matchup, getting the ball poked loose is a constant problem. Dominant Post Presence would trigger when you attempt to post up and would be an increase in your ability to maintain possession of the ball. In addition the badge would be an increase in the shooting percentage of your teammate when you pass out of the post to an open man.

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Here at Nba2kLab we try to figure out the advantages/disadvantages of certain badges and attributes. We run hundreds of tests, while eliminating as many variables as possible, in order to have a big enough sample size to where we can draw reasonable conclusions. Our expertise is mostly in myPark and Pro-am, but our tests can help with other game modes as well. We take pride in helping the community in anyway we can.