NBA 2K17 Badges: What They Are & Why They Matter

Atop the throne of NBA 2K17 – and really, every recent NBA 2K game – sits MyCareer. Conceived as a way convey the drama of being a real ball player, the mode is at the core of most of the game’s experiences. NBA 2K17 includes a lot of changes for MyCareer. There’s a new story to experience and new mechanics to learn about. There’s also new NBA 2K17 badges to earn.

NBA 2K17 badges are like trait markers. Players unlock each Badge by completing the task in their description. Once unlocked, some badges can have a big impact on MyPlayer, the custom character that players create in the game for MyCareer. Different types of Badges have different effects too. For example, Personality NBA 2K17 Badges can alter the MyPlayer’s character and have a big impact on the MyCareer story as a whole.

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Read: How to Get NBA 2K17 VC

Information about NBA 2K17 Badges is still coming in, but we already know a ton about the new line-up.

Why NBA 2K17 Badges Are Important

Badges are important because MyCareer is important. Really, the equation is that simple. MyCareer is how people get invested in each year’s game. Your character is your representation in the simulation. Having complete control over his skill set is necessary and essential. NBA 2K17’s Skill Badges and Personality Badges let you make your character that much more like you – or at least more like what you want him to be like.

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The Badges play into the position and type of player you’ve created. You don’t choose Badges necessarily, you earn them based on your habits on and off the court. The basic versions of each Badge are awarded by your MyPlayer’s habits but the upgrades to those badges are unlocked using the game’s Virtual Currency.

Skill NBA 2K17 Badges

The different Skill Badges effect your character in lots of different ways. There are tons of them, divided up into up into what type of advantages your MyPlayer has at his disposal.

Inside Scorer

AcrobatAttempts difficult shots without issue and changes arcs.
Tear DropperExcels at successful floaters and runners.
Putback KingKnown to score immediately off offensive rebounds.
Pick & RollerExcels and rollers and pick-ups. (With the ball, call for a screen 100 times in a season.)
Relentless FinisherTakes physical punishment on contact shots near the rim without impacting energy.
Post Spin TechnicianDominates post with spin and drive moves. (Spin or drive out of the post 100 times.)
Drop-StepperKnown for his ability to use the drop step move to his advantage in the post.
Dream-Like Up & UnderExcels at scoring in the post with up & under moves. (In a single season, attempt 60 up and under shots out of the post.)

Outside Scorer

Corner SpecialistKnown for his ability to knock down three point shots from the corners.
Mid-Range DeadeyeKnocks down shots from medium-range at a very high success rate.
Deep Range DeadeyeKnocks down shots from deep range at a very high rate.
Limitless RangeKnock down deep three-point shots more than the average player.
Difficult ShotsMakes a habit of successful shots after dribbling.
Pick & PopperExcels as a pick and pop receiver.
Tireless ScorerA player who can spend a good deal of energy without losing effectiveness when trying to score.
Catch & ShootHits stand-still shots off the catch at high percentage.


Ankle BreakerCauses stumbles or falls with ball-handling and dribble moves.
Flashy PasserLikes to show off when passing.
Break StarterStarts fast breaks with accurate outlet passes.
Pick & Roll MaestroThrows accurate passes and hits shots off screens at a high percentage.
Lob City PasserSuccessfully uses the alley-oop pass a lot.
DimerSuccessfully passing to team mates in a great position to put points on the board.


Lob City FinisherFinishes alley-oop at high rate.
PosterizerSucceeds at dunking on defenders at a high-rate.
BruiserPhysical nature of drains energy from match-up.
Brick WallHighly effective screens.
One Man Fast BreakExcels at taking the ball coast to coast on a fast break.


Hustle RebounderHighly successful rebounder.


Defensive StopperWhile playing defense, this payer drops various offensive skills.
Charge CardSuccessfully wins charge calls more than the average player.
Pick DodgerPlayer that gets around most screens.
Pick PocketSnatches the ball often.
Rim ProtectorSuccessful blocks rim shots often.
Chase Down ArtistGreat transition shot blocker.



Personality NBA 2K17 Badges

These Personality Badges in NBA 2K17 change the way your MyPlayer behaves on the court.

Alpha DogTeam Leader who takes it upon himself to lead his team to victory.
Clutch PerformerSteps his game up in a big games and big moments.
WildcardA player who can be wildly inconsistent.
Spark PlugComes off the bench or comes out of timeouts making big plays that can energize his teammates. (Score an average of 7 points per game coming off the bench in a 6 game streak.)
EnforcerCan wreak havoc on the floor with tough and physical play. (Get 10 non-flagrant, hard fouls in a season.)
Floor GeneralAn offensive leader who can help his teammates play better on offense when he’s on the floor. (Average 5 career assists for 30 games in a season. Must have a Playmaker level of 18.)
HardenedWill play through fatigue and injury without experiencing a severe drop in skill. (Average 80% shot success rate for 20 games. Durability must be at 90. Power Forward and Center must have Stamina at 85.)
Defensive AnchorDefensive leader who helps his teammates perform better defensively. (Play in at least 30 season games. Have a Playmaker level of 18.)
Championship DNACan quickly see where double teams are. Good play in Playoff moments.
MicrowaveA player who heats up quicker than most. (Get hot on offense during 5 games in the season.)

The main set of Personality Badges in NBA 2K17 effect how your MyPlayer performs in games. Another set determines how he performs during situations that aren’t necessarily on the court.

FriendlyWell-liked player.
ReservedMore introspective player.
Legendary Work EthicWorks hard at practice consistently.
All-Time GreatWants to be remembered as the greatest player ever. (In at least 15 consecutive games, divide field goal attempts by assists. If the FGA ration is higher when compared to Assists, All-Time Great is rewarded. PG: 4 to 1 ratio. SG: 4.5 to 1 ratio. SF: 5 to 1 ratio. PF: 8 to 1 ratio. C: 8 to 1 ratio.
Low EgoValues team success more than personal fame. (In at least 15 consecutive games, divide field goal attempts by assists. If the FGA ration is lower when compared to Assists, All-Time Great is rewarded. PG: 2 to 1 ratio. SG: 2.5 to 1 ratio. SF: 3 to 1 ratio. PF: 6 to 1 ratio. C: 6 to 1 ratio.
High Work EthicWorks harder than the typical NBA player.
Legendary Work EthicAlways at the gym.
Keep it RealResponds to tough love.
Pat My BackResponds best when encouraged.
ExpressiveShares his feelings.
UnpredictableHas erratic behavior.
Laid BackChill and low intensity.

Good luck snagging the player Badges that interest you the most. Gotta Be Mobile will add more to this breakdown of NBA 2K17 badges as that information becomes available.