NBA 2K23 Controls: The Complete List (2024)

Here you can find the complete guide for controls and buttons layout in NBA 2K23 on all platforms, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series .

NBA 2K23 PS4 & PS5 CONTROLLER

NBA 2K23 Controls: The Complete List (1)
NBA 2K23 Controls: The Complete List (2)

Default controls:

  1. Move Player: left stick
  2. Sprint: R2 button
  3. Icon Pass or Icon Swap: R1 button
  4. Post-Up / Hard Stop or Intense D: L2 button
  5. Lob Pass / Alley-Oop / Lead to Basket or Block Rebound: △ button
  6. Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing or Hands Up / Contest: right stick
  7. Activate takeover (MyCareer): R3
  8. Bounce / Flahy Pass or Take Charge: ○ button
  9. Pass / Skip Pass or Player Swap (closest to ball): × button
  10. Call Play / Pick Controls or Double Team: L1 button
  11. Call Timeout or Intentional Foul: touch pad button
  12. Pause: OPTIONS button

BASIC OFFENSE & DEFENSE

Basic OffenseControlBasic Defense
Move PlayerLeft StickMove Player
PRO STICK™: Dribble Moves /Shooting / PassingRight StickHands Up
Post-Up / Protect / Hard StopL2Intense-D
SprintR2Sprint
Call Play / Pick ControlsL1Defensive Adjustments/Double Team
Icon PassR1Icon Swap
Pass (tap) / Skip Pass (press and hold)×Player Swap (closest to ball)
Bounce Pass (tap),Flashy Pass (double tap),Get Open Pass (press and hold)Take Charge (press and hold)Flop (double tap)
Shoot (press)Pump Fake / Hop (tap)Spin Gather (double tap)Steal (press)Intentional Foul (hold)
Lob Pass (tap), Alley-Oop (double tap),Lead to Basket (press and hold)Block / Rebound
Gameplay HUDGameplay HUD
Offensive Game PlanDefensive Game Plan
OTFC Offense StrategyOTFC Defensive Sets
OTFC SubstitutionsOTFC Substitutions

ADVANCED OFFENSE

ActionInput
Pick ControlPress and hold L1. Use R1 to choose Roll vs. Fade and L3to choose pick side
Bounce PassTap ○
Overhead PassTap △
Flashy PassDouble-tap ○
Alley-OopDouble-tap △
Get Open PassPress and hold ○ to make the selected receiver cut and getopen, release ○ to pass the ball
Lead to Basket PassPress and hold △ to force the selected teammate to make abasket cut, wait for him to get in range or release △ to forcethe pass early
Fake Pass△ + ○
Jump Pass□ + ×
Give & GoPress and hold × to retain control of passer,release × to pass the ball back to him
Putback Dunk/LayupFinish Alley-Oop(when controlling receiver)Hold □
PRO STICK™ PassR1 + Right Stick
Call TimeoutTouch pad button

ADVANCED DEFENSE

ActionInput
MoveLeft Stick
Fast ShuffleR2 + L2 + Left Stick
StealTap □
Block
Rebound△ (ball in air)
Take ChargeHold ○
FlopDouble-tap ○
Ball DenialHold L2 when near opponent
Intense DefenseHold L2
Crowd DribblerHold L2 and move Left Stick toward the dribbler
ContestQuickly move and release Right Stick
Hands UpHold Right Stick
Deny Hands OutHold Right Stick (while playing offball defense)
Double TeamPress and hold L1
Icon Double TeamTap L1 then press and hold desired doubleteamer’s player icon

SHOOTING

ActionInput
Jump ShotMove + Hold Right Stick straight down, then release
Pump FakeStart a jump shot, then quickly release Right Stick
Runner / Floater(driving mid-range)Hold Right Stick down
Hop Gather(driving to hoop)Move Right Stick right, then quickly back to neutral, then right again(with ball in the right hand)
Spin Gather(driving to hoop) R2 + Rotate Right Stick, then hold
Normal Layup(driving to hoop)Hold Right Stick up while driving
Euro Step Layup(driving to hoop)Move Right Stick right then left (with ball in right hand)
Cradle Layup(driving to hoop)Move Right Stick left, then quickly move Right Stick right(with ball in right hand)
Reverse Layup(driving along baseline)Hold Right Stick in the direction of the hand closest to the baseline
Quick Scoop LayupHold Right Stick left or right while driving to the hoop
2-Hand Dunks(driving to hoop)R2 + Hold Right Stick up
Dominant/Off-HandDunk (driving to hoop)R2 + Hold Right Stick left or right to dunk with that hand
1-Hand Flashy DunkR2 + Right Stick Down Then Up
2-Hand Flashy DunkR2 + Right Stick Up, back to neutral, then up again
Rim Hang DunkR2 + hold Right Stick down, continue holding R2 to hang on the rim
Skill DunkR2 + Right Stick up then quickly move Right Stick downRelease Right Stick to time the release
Step ThroughPump fake, then hold Right Stick again before pump fake ends

DRIBBLING

ActionInputContext
Triple Threat Jab / StepoverTap Right Stick Left/Right/UpTriple Threat
Triple Threat Pump FakeTap Right Stick downTriple Threat
Triple Threat AttackHesitationMove + Hold Right Stick up left or up rightTriple Threat
Triple Threat SpinoutRotate Right Stick then quicklyreturn to neutralTriple Threat
Triple Threat StepbackR2 + Tap Right Stick downTriple Threat
Signature Size-upQuickly Move and Release the Right Stickin various directionsDribbling
Hesitation (quick)Tap Right Stick right (when dribbling withright hand)Dribbling
Hesitation (escape) R2 + move Right Stick right then quicklyrelease (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
In and OutMove Right Stick up right or upleft toward the ball hand, thenquickly releaseDribbling
Crossover (front)Tap Right Stick up (when dribbling withright hand)Dribbling
Crossover (between legs)Tap Right Stick up (when dribbling withright hand)Dribbling
Behind BackTap Right Stick down left (when dribblingwith right hand)Dribbling
SpinRotate Right Stick from ball hand aroundplayer’s back, then quickly return toneutralDribbling
Half-SpinRotate Right Stick clockwise then quicklyrelease (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
StepbackTap Right Stick down while drivingDribbling

POST SHOTS

PRESS L2 BUTTON TO POST UP

ActionInput
Post Hook (close range)Hold Right Stick up (with Left Stick neutral)
Shimmy Hook (Close Range)Move Right Stick down then quickly release and move and holdRight Stick up left or right
Post Fade(beyond close range)Hold Right Stick down left or right
Post LayupHold Right Stick up (while Left Stick is toward the hoop)
Shimmy Fade (beyond closerange)Move Right Stick up then quickly release and move and holdRight Stick down left or right
Pump FakeStart a shot listed above then move Right Stick to neutral
Up & Under / Step ThroughPump fake, then move and hold Right Stick again before pumpfake ends
Change FacingTap Right Stick up

POST MOVES

PRESS L2 BUTTON TO POST UP

ActionInput
Quick Spin / Hook DriveRotate Right Stick
Change FacingTap Right Stick up
FakesTap Right Stick Left/Right/Down
Post HopHold Left Stick to the left or right away from hoop, then tap □
Post StepbackHold Left Stick away from hoop, then tap □
DropstepHold Left Stick to the left or right toward hoop, then tap □

NBA 2K23 XB1 & XBS CONTROLLER

NBA 2K23 Controls: The Complete List (3)

BASIC OFFENSE & DEFENSE

Basic OffenseControlBasic Defense
Move PlayerLMove Player
PRO STICK™: Dribble Moves /Shooting / PassingRHands Up
Post-Up / Protect / Hard StopLTIntense-D
SprintRTSprint
Call Play / Pick ControlsLBDouble Team
Icon PassRBIcon Swap
Pass (tap) / Skip Pass (press and hold)APlayer Swap (closest to ball)
Bounce Pass (tap),Flashy Pass (double tap),Get Open Pass (press and hold)BTake Charge (press and hold)Flop (double tap)
Shoot (press)Pump Fake / Hop (tap)Spin Gather (double tap)XSteal (press)Intentional Foul (hold)
Lob Pass (tap), Alley-Oop (double tap),Lead to Basket (press and hold)YBlock / Rebound
Gameplay HUDGameplay HUD
Offensive Game PlanDefensive Game Plan
OTFC Offense StrategyOTFC Defensive Sets
OTFC SubstitutionsOTFC Substitutions

ADVANCED OFFENSE

ActionInput
Pick ControlPress and hold LB. Use RB to choose Roll vs. Fade and Lto choose pick side
Bounce PassTap B
Overhead PassTap Y
Flashy PassDouble-tap B
Alley-OopDouble-tap Y
Get Open PassPress and hold B to make the selected receiver cut and getopen, release B to pass the ball
Lead to Basket PassPress and hold Y to force the selected teammate to make abasket cut, wait for him to get in range or release Y to forcethe pass early
Fake PassY + B (while standing or driving)
Jump PassX + A
Give & GoPress and hold A to retain control of passer,release A to pass the ball back to him
Putback Dunk/LayupFinish Alley-Oop(when controlling receiver)Hold X
PRO STICK™ PassRB + R
Call TimeoutView button

ADVANCED DEFENSE

ActionInput
MoveL
Fast ShuffleLT + RT + L
StealTap X
BlockY
ReboundY (ball in air)
Take ChargeHold B
FlopDouble-tap B
Ball DenialHold LT when near opponent
Intense DefenseHold LT
Crowd DribblerHold LT and move L toward the dribbler
ContestQuickly move and release R
Hands UpHold R
Deny Hands OutHold R (while playing offball defense)
Double Teamhold LB
Icon Double TeamTap LB then press and hold desired double teamer’saction button

SHOOTING

ActionInput
Jump ShotMove + Hold R straight down, then release
Pump FakeStart a jump shot, then quickly release R
Runner / Floater(driving mid-range)Hold R down
Hop Gather(driving to hoop)Move R right, then quickly back to neutral, then right again(with ball in the right hand)
Spin Gather(driving to hoop) RT + Rotate R, then hold
Normal Layup(driving to hoop)Hold R up while driving
Euro Step Layup(driving to hoop)Move Right Stick right then left (with ball in right hand)
Cradle Layup(driving to hoop)Move R right, then quickly move R left(with ball in right hand)
Reverse Layup(driving along baseline)Hold R in the direction of the hand closest to the baseline
Quick Scoop LayupHold R left or right while driving to the hoop
2-Hand Dunks(driving to hoop)RT + Hold R up
Dominant/Off-HandDunk (driving to hoop)RT + Hold R left or right to dunk with that hand
1-Hand Flashy DunkRT + R Down Then Up
2-Hand Flashy DunkRT + Right Stick Up, back to neutral, then up again
Rim Hang DunkRT + hold R down while driving. Keep R held to hang on the rim
Skill DunkRT + move R up then quickly move R downRelease R to time the Dunk
Step ThroughPump fake, then hold R again before pump fake ends

DRIBBLING

ActionInputContext
Triple Threat Jab / StepoverTap R Left/Right/UpTriple Threat
Triple Threat Pump FakeTap R downTriple Threat
Triple Threat AttackHesitationMove + Hold R up left or up rightTriple Threat
Triple Threat SpinoutRotate R then quicklyreturn to neutralTriple Threat
Triple Threat StepbackRT + Tap R downTriple Threat
Signature Size-upQuickly Move and Release the Rin various directionsDribbling
Hesitation (quick)Tap R right (when dribbling withright hand)Dribbling
Hesitation (escape) RT + move R right then quicklyrelease (when dribbling with right hand)Dribbling
In and OutMove R or up right or upleft toward the ball hand, thenquickly releaseDribbling
Crossover (front)Tap R up (when dribbling withright hand)Dribbling
Crossover (between legs)Move R the left then quickly release(when dribbling with right hand) Dribbling
Behind BackTap R down left (when dribblingwith right hand)Dribbling
SpinRotate R from ball hand aroundplayer’s back, then quickly return toneutralDribbling
Half-SpinRotate R in a quarter-circlefrom ball hand to hoop, thenquickly return to neutralDribbling
StepbackTap R down while drivingDribbling

POST SHOTS

PRESS LT TO POST UP

ActionInput
Post Hook (close range)R up (with L neutral)
Shimmy Hook (Close Range)Move R down then quickly release and move and holdR up left or right
Post Fade(beyond close range)R down left or right
Post LayupR up (while L is toward the hoop)
Shimmy Fade (beyond closerange)Move R up then quickly release and move and holdR down left or right
Pump FakeStart a shot listed above then move Right Stick to neutral
Up & Under / Step ThroughPump fake, then move and hold R again before pumpfake ends

POST MOVES

PRESS LT TO POST UP

ActionInput
Quick Spin/Hook DriveRotate R
Change FacingTap R up
FakesTap R Left/Right/Down
Post HopHold L to the left or right away from hoop, then tap X
Post StepbackHold L away from hoop, then tap X
DropstepHold L to the left or right toward hoop, then tap X

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