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WGN STRATEGY ACADEMY: Tips to improve your shooting in NBA 2K18

11 Jul , 2018  

Written by: Jon Scarr

Basketball is more than just putting the ball into the hoop and scoring points. To be competitive, not only do you have to play a good defense, your offense must be top notch. The best way of juicing up your offense is to get as many quality shots at the basket as possible. Check out these tips to improve your shooting in NBA 2K18.

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I’ve put together a few tips to help you improve your shooting in NBA 2K18 and get those quality shots on net.

Find a comfortable shot release speed

Many people believe that getting a quick release to get your shot off faster is the best way to score against your opponent. However, by doing this you rush that natural flow and inevitably end up getting a late release most of the time.

Instead, take your time and find out what release speed works for you. When you find a speed that is comfortable, you then be able to fill the shot meter with great accuracy most of the time.


Badges are just as important as upgrading your player

Getting badges in NBA 2K18 is just as important as upgrading your player. If you have badges such as corner specialist, which allows you to knock down threes from the corner at a high percentage. And, catch & shoot, which allows you to hit stand-still shots off the catch at a high percentage. You will have a much greater chance at making the shot and score points for your team.

If you think about it, badges are permanent boosts that will benefit your player and your team. So, grind for those badges, even if you are a shot creator or sharpshooter to increase your shooting percentage.


Set your feet

Unless you are a shot creator with maxed out stats, you must set your feet before you shot the ball. If you shoot the ball immediately after you receive it, you’ll be shooting fadeaways, pull-ups or off-balance shots. These all lower your chances of making the shot.

So, when you receive the ball or finish dribbling it and are ready to shoot, wait a half second so that your player can stabilize. Doing this will give you a better chance of making the shot.

Timing of your shot release is everything

If you have played previous versions of NBA 2K18, you’ll instantly notice that the shot meter that would show up under the player’s feet has been replaced by a new meter that appears next to their head. It functions just as it did in previous games. Filling the shot meter 100% every time and getting a green release is difficult.

However, if you are constantly focusing on filling the shot meter, you wont be able to concentrate on your opponent’s actions around you. Ultimately, you’ll end up draining the shot meter and getting a late shot release.

I find that the best way to combat a late shot release is to release the ball right before the shot meter is full. By releasing the ball right before the shot meter is full, you’ll give yourself a better chance of filling the shot meter, as there is a millisecond delay, and having a really great shot release.


Know your players shooting ranges

Knowing your players shooting range is one of the most important tips I can give you to improve your shooting in NBA 2K18. Many people like to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. When the reality is, that if your rating is low, you are never going to make the shot even if you have the timing right.

If your player has a higher rating at mid-range over their 3 point, take the mid range shot. You’ll make them more often and help your team win. Furthermore, you should also test out jump shots with some of the well known shooters in the NBA such as Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, and Kevin Durant. You’ll find that their jump shots have fluid releases and therefore they make more baskets.

So there you have it! Five tips to improve your shooting in NBA 2K18. Don’t forget to sign up for WorldGaming’s NBA 2K18 Cup for PS4 and Xbox One. Every single day from September 19th to October 31st, you can enter NBA 2K18 Cup brackets and earn medals based on how you place. At the end of October, the players with the most medals win their share of $1500!


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About the Author: Jon Scarr

Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.

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