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



In a game filled with player customization, NBA 2K17 Badges are another way that gamers can create their ultimate player. Badges are part unlockable extra and purchasable upgrade. You’ll need them to get the most out of the basketball simulation’s MyCareer story mode.

There are two types of Badges in the game: Personality Badges and Skill Badges. Both types can improve your  MyCareer player’s skills. The game awards Bronze versions of the Badges for the way your character plays and behaves.

You can upgrade your MyCareer character’s Bronze Badges using the Virtual Currency you’ve earned through endorsement deals and contract negotiations in the game. If you think that might take too long, you can skip earning enough VC in the game and buy the Virtual Currency you need to upgrade your Badges with real money.

If you know what Badges you want your player to have, you can begin to work toward them the moment you start MyCareer. Here’s a breakdown of every NBA 2K17 Badge and how to get it.

Read: How to Get NBA 2K17 VC

Skill NBA 2K17 Badges

Different Skill Badges change your character in different ways. The game divides Skill Badges into sets based on what type of player you’ve created for MyCareer.

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 a 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 a 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 teammates in a great position to put points on the board.


Lob City FinisherFinishes alley-oop at a 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 player 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 big games and big moments.
WildcardA player who is 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.)

This second set of Personality Badges focuses on your player’s behavior when they aren’t on the court. You earn these for activities on your day off and the way you interact with other players.

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 ratio 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 ratio 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 Skill and Personality Badges you want the most. Badges aren’t the most exciting part of NBA 2K17, but they do add another dynamic to what’s already a pretty detailed game.

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