Play the game your way! NBA 2K18 on the Xbox One takes you one step closer to being a real NBA player, giving you the best in realism and control.
This guide will provide you with a full listing of the Controls available in-game, along with Support information, should you encounter any issues during your experience.
Pro Stick: Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing
Post Up (hold) / Dribble Moves (tap/double tap)
Call Play (tap) / Pick Control (hold)
Pass (tap) / Skip Pass (hold)
Bounce Pass (tap) / Flashy Pass (double tap) / Receiver Control (hold)
Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop)
Overhead Pass (tap) / Alley-oop (double tap) / Lead to Basket (hold)
Points of Emphasis
Jump Shot: Press and holdor move and hold(toward hoop for bank shot)
Hop Gather: Tapwhile driving (determines direction of hop)
Spin Gather: + Double tapwhile 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 the hoop toward the off hand while driving or double tapwhile holdingtoward the off hand.
Cradle Layup: Move and holdaway from the hoop toward the ball hand while driving or double tapwhile holdingtoward the ball hand.
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
Rhythm Dribble: Movetoward hoop then quickly release
In and Out: + Movetoward hoop then quickly release
Hesitation (Quick): Movetoward ball hand then quickly release
Hesitation (Escape): + Movetoward ball hand then quickly release
Crossover: Movetoward off hand, then quickly release
Crossover (Escape): + 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 for a quick jab (hold for a hard jab)
Triple Threat Jab Then Pump Fake: Movetoward the hoop then quickly release
Triple Threat Pump Fake Then Jab: Moveaway from the hoop then quickly release
Triple Threat Stepback: +Moveaway from hoop, then quickly release
Triple Threat Spinout: Rotatethen quickly return to neutral
Pass: (selects recipient)
Bounce Pass: (selects recipient)
Skip Pass: Press and holdto throw a skip pass to further away teammates
Overhead Pass: (selects recipient)
Alley Oop: Double tap(selects recipient, toward basket for oop-to-self)
Lead to Basket Pass: Press and hold(selects recipient) then release to pass
Flashy Pass: Double tap(selects recipient)
Receiver Control: Press and hold, useto move the selected recipient then releaseto pass
Icon Pass: Pressthen press action button of desired receiver
Fake Pass: +(while standing or driving)
Rolling Inbound: during baseline inbounds
Give and Go: Press and holdto retain control of passer, releaseto receive the ball back
PRO STICK Pass: +
Hands Up / Contest / Take Charge
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
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 holdaway from the shooter and press
Swat Block: Holdand press
Take Charge: Press and hold
Flop: While in take charge, release, press
Intentional Foul: 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: Bump : Holdwhile impeding the path of the offensive player
Chuck: (while standing)+flick towards offensive player
Grab: (while defender is running)+flick towards offensive player
Post Up / Ball Denial: Holdwhen near opponent (based on distance to basket)
Deny Hands Out: in any direction
Ball Pressure: press towards ballhandler
Push: +into defender (when posted off-ball)
Deny / Front Post: +left/right (when posted off-ball)
Pull Chair in Post: Flickin same direction as offensive player (when posted off-ball)
Enter / Leave Post: Press and holdto post up, releaseto faceup
Quick Spin: Rotateto outside shoulder
Hook Drive: Rotateto inside shoulder
Fakes: Moveleft or right then quickly release
Pick Up Dribble: Movetoward the hoop then quickly release
Switch Dribble Hand: Moveaway from the hoop then quickly release
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 toward hoop
Shimmy Shot: +away from hoop with neutral
Shimmy Hook: +toward hoop withneutral
Post Hop: left or right away from hoop, then tap
Post Stepback: away from hoop, then tap
Dropstep: left or right toward hoop, then tap
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: Press and hold
Post Up: Hold(while standing or moving into defender)
Push: (while posted up) towards defender.
Spin: (while posted up)twirl clockwise or counterclockwise
Walk Down: +towards defender
Quick Playcall: Press, then useto select a play from the menu
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
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- Unable to play online?
Online features require an online account (13+ to register in-game, www.nba2k.com for details).
- "The 2KSports Server is unavailable at this time. Please try again later."
This message is generally displayed when the servers are brought down for maintenance. You are advised to try again a short time later.
- "A problem has been encountered that prevents gameplay from continuing. This game will not be counted."
If you see this error during Xbox Live play, this means your console and your opponent's console could not agree on the state of the game. We advise that you restart NBA 2K18 to resolve the issue.
- Why can't I load my MyCAREER save file?
MyCAREER game saves that were created when connected to the 2K Sports server require an active internet connection on subsequent loads.
- How can I unlink my 2K and Microsoft Accounts?
Please visit http://www.nba2k.com for this functionality.
- How can I view the EULA and Terms of Service?
Please visit http://www.nba2k.com for this functionality.