Built completely from the ground up for the Xbox One, NBA 2K16 employs the latest in technology to deliver the most sophisticated basketball experience ever made.
This guide will provide you with an overview of our Game Modes, a full listing of the Controls available in-game, a full listing of the Kinect commands available in-game, and Support information.
Play Now is your hub in NBA 2K16 for our most popular single-game experiences.
NBA Today keeps your NBA 2K16 experience up-to-date with the real NBA. Play tonight's games from the real NBA schedule or choose the fantasy matchup of your choice. One thing is guaranteed, your entire experience will accurately reflect what is going on in the NBA!
Play Now Online is an all-new experience that allows you to play other users in head-to-head games where your record determines whether or not you move up in the standings. Do you have what it takes to reach the top tier?
Blacktop, All-Star Team-Up, and Play With Friends are also offered in Play Now with each being uniquely designed to offer you an experience not found anywhere else!
What will your story be?
Written and directed by Spike Lee, NBA 2K16's MyCAREER starts at your humble beginnings playing high school basketball. Following high school, you will choose which college team you want to play for. Do well enough and you'll find yourself drawing interest from NBA teams.
But things are never that simple or straightforward. Spike Lee's story walks your player through the trials and tribulations of life on the big stage, where you will need to manage money, fame, temptations, family members, the press, and fans. It's a story that has been told many times in many different ways. In NBA 2K16, YOU are the star in a story that only Spike can tell.
MyGM is a completely re-imagined franchise experience. In NBA 2K16, the immersion and depth of the experience have been elevated to new heights with the addition of entertaining and thought provoking new features.
As the GM of your favorite team, you will need to satisfy the demands of your owner, all while fostering relationships with other GMs, your staff, and of course, your players. How you interact with these personas will determine the story of how your career as a GM plays out. When it comes to getting what you want, sometimes it may take a little persuading to achieve the desired result. But at what cost?
As you gain experience by making smart moves, you will earn upgrades and perks as your GM levels up. To further aid your endeavor, you will have complete control over your team's finances, right down to setting the prices of game tickets, hot dogs, and sodas.
New to MyGM in NBA 2K16:
Advanced Team Building
All-New Draft Lottery
All-New NBA Draft
2K Hoops Summit
More details on these new features are available once in the MyGM experience. It’s not to be missed!
MyTEAM on Xbox One lets you collect past and present NBA players so you can build your perfect team to go head-to-head in one of five uniquely different game modes.
Take your team online to play others in Road to the Playoffs, face off against exclusive lineups in Challenges, dominate the modern day NBA teams as well as Historic NBA teams in Domination, or play in our all-new 3-on-3 online street mode called The Gauntlet.
To help you show off your own style, MyTEAM also introduces a dynamic Team Creator where you can create every element of your team's appearance, right down to the team logo, uniform, and arena. Be different in MyTEAM!
Lastly, MyTEAM is a mode built on fresh content. All season long, new players and items will be released to help give your team a leg-up on the competition.
Welcome to MyPARK!
3 cities, 3 Parks, 3 unique brands of basketball. The Old Town Flyers are notorious for their up-tempo, flashy play. The Rivet City Roughriders are aggressive and relentless, with physical play dictating the action above all else. The Sunset Beach Ballers are calm and relaxed which translates to ruthless precision shooting.
Where does your allegiance lie? What Park will you call home? Choose wisely. And get ready to ball.
Welcome to the 2K Pro-Am. A league that pits the best MyPLAYERs against each other on the hardwood. 5-on-5 matches on full-sized courts with NBA rules in a venue that supports 40 players all playing at the same time!
As a walk-on, you compete against the 2K Pro-Am community to rise through the League Leaders ranks. You can also take things a step further as a team with fully customized branding where you’ll compete on the Power Rankings leaderboard.
Following a highly successful debut in NBA 2K15, MyLEAGUE returns to offer up an incredibly robust franchise experience that allows for complete and total customization.
MyLEAGUE allows you to custom build the league you want. Play a single season, set up an 80-year franchise, or new to NBA 2K16, create a MyLEAGUE Online and invite your friends to play along with you. Don’t have time to play a full season? Set the season length to 14 games. Or 29 games. Or 58 games. Not interested in the salary cap and all the rules that come with it? Turn it off. Do you want to be the commissioner and approve every trade made in the league? You have that option. Winning too many games when simulating? Crank up the difficulty slider to suit your fancy.
Every detail of how your league plays out is in your complete control with NBA 2K16’s MyLEAGUE mode.
Pro Stick: Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing
Call Play (tap) / Pick Control (hold)
Bounce Pass (tap) / Flashy Pass (double tap)
Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop, double tap for Spin Gather)
Lob Pass (tap) / Alley-oop (double tap)
2K Smart Play
Points of Emphasis
Quick Plays / Offensive Strategies
Jump Shot: Move and holdin any direction (toward hoop for bank shot)
Stepback Jumper: Move and holdaway from hoop
Hop Gather: Presswhile driving (determines direction of hop)
Spin Gather: Double tap while standing or driving
Runner/Floater: Move and holdaway from hoop (while driving close)
Normal Layup: Move and holdtoward hoop while driving ( direction determines finish hand)
Reverse Layup: Move and holdtoward baseline (while driving baseline)
Euro Step Layup: Move and holdaway from hoop left/right (while driving)toward hoop
2-Hand Dunk: + Move and holdtoward hoop (while driving)
Flashy Dunk: + Move and holdaway from hoop (while driving)
Dominant/Off-Hand Dunk: + Move and holdleft or right to dunk with that hand (while driving)
Mid-Air Change Shot: Start dunk/layup, movein any direction while in air
Pump Fake: Start a jump shot, then quickly release
Step Through: Pump fake, then press and holdagain before pump fake ends
Putback Dunk/Layup: Move and holdin any direction during an offensive rebound
Signature Size-ups: +Movein any direction then quickly release
In and Out: Move toward hoop then quickly release
Hesitation (Quick): Movetoward ball hand then quickly release
Hesitation (Escape): Movetoward ball hand but slightly back then quickly release
Crossover: Movetoward off hand, then quickly release
Between Legs Cross: Movebetween off hand and player's back, then quickly release
Behind Back: Moveaway from hoop, then quickly release
Stepback: + Moveaway from hoop, then quickly release
Spin: Rotatefrom ball hand around player's back, then quickly return to neutral
Half Spin: Rotatein a quarter-circle from ball hand to hoop, then quickly return to neutral
Triple Threat Jab: Moveleft or right then quickly release (while in triple threat)
Triple Threat Combo Move: Movetoward the hoop then quickly release (while in triple threat)
Triple Threat Stepback: +Moveaway from hoop, then quickly release (while in triple threat)
Triple Threat Spinout: Rotatethen quickly return to neutral (while in triple threat)
Pass: (selects recipient)
Bounce Pass: (selects recipient)
Overhead/Lob Pass: (selects recipient)
Flashy Pass: Double tap(selects recipient)
Icon Pass: Pressthen press action button of desired receiver
Fake Pass: +(while standing or driving)
Alley Oop: Double tap(selects recipient, toward basket for oop-to-self)
Rolling Inbound: during baseline inbounds
Give and Go: Press and holdto retain control of passer, releaseto receive the ball back
PRO STICK Pass: +
Quick Step / Hands Up / Contest
Defensive Strategies (tap) / Double Team (hold)
Player Swap (closest to ball)
Block / Rebound
Points of Emphasis
On-Ball Defense: Intense-D: Press and holdwhen in front of dribbler
Quick Step Cutoff: Move in the direction you want the defender to step
Crowd Dribbler: Press and holdwhen near the dribbler
Fast Shuffle: Press and hold+, movein any direction
Hands Up Defense: Move and holdin any direction
Shot Contest: Move and holdin any direction when near shooter (during shot)
Vertical Contest: Move and hold away from the shooter and press
Swat Block: Hold and press
Take Charge: Press and hold
Flop: While in take charge, release, press
Intentional Foul: Repeatedly press or press and holdnear ballhandler (pressfor Team Intentional Foul)
Double Team: Press and hold
Icon Double Team: Press, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer
Off-Ball Defense: Post Up / Ball Denial: when near opponent (based on distance to basket)
Deny Hands Out: in any direction
Ball Pressure: press towards ballhandler
Fight for Position in Post: +into defender (when posted off-ball)
Deny / Front Post: +left/right (when posted off-ball)
Enter / Leave Post: Press and holdto post up, releaseto faceup
Drive to Key: +toward key
Drive to Baseline: +toward baseline
Quick Spin: Rotateto outside shoulder
Hook Drive: Rotateto inside shoulder
Fakes: Movein any direction but away from hoop
Post Shots (Shotstick):
Post Hook: left or right toward hoop (close range)
Post Fade: left or right away from hoop (beyond close range)
Post Layup: Move and holdleft or right toward hoop (close range) whileis deflected
Shimmy Shot: +left or right away from hoop
Post Hop: left or right away from hoop, then press
Post Stepback: away from hoop, then press
Dropstep: left or right toward hoop, then press
Pump Fake: Start a shot listed above, then moveto neutral
Up & Under / Step Through: Pump fake, thenagain before pump fake ends
Call for Ball:
Call for Alley-Oop: Double tap(while cutting toward hoop)
Call for Screen:
Post Up: (with back to defender)
2K Smart Play: Press to call the best play for the situation
Positional Playcall: Press, then press teammate's action button; choose play from menu
Basic Pick Control: Press and hold
Advanced Pick Control: Press and hold. Useto choose Roll vs. Fade andto choose pick side.
Icon Pick Control: Press, then press and hold the action button of desired screener
Slip Screen and Early Fade: Call for pick, then pressagain at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early
Change Camera Angle:
"Call Time Out"
"Bring In (player name)"
"Substitute (player name)"