The Best Takeovers in NBA 2K21

Takeovers are one of the craziest addition to the 2K series in terms of realism. It gives a crazy boost to all your player’s stat. There are a total of 8 Takeovers in the game. The options will vary and will depend on your position or your build. This guide will talk about all the details involved in choosing the best takeovers in NBA 2K21.

All Offensive Takeovers

Playmaking Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup10
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot5
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ5
Pass Accuracy10
Ball Handling10
Speed with Ball10
Hands5
Passing IQ10
Vision10
Offensive Consistency10
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

These are all the stat increases from activating the Playmaking Takeover. It gives a +10 rating to all stats related to passing and ball handling. It also gives a +10 rating for the Driving Layup stat. These are all the fundamental skills you need to be boosted for a point guard.

Although it focuses more on ball security and moving the rock, it is surprisingly more all-around than you would expect. It gives you a mix of a good slasher and a good passer so you are always a threat when you are able to drive to the paint. This makes it easier to make plays for the team and find an open man. This is incredibly good if you have some shooters and defensive centers on your team.

Slashing Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup10
Standing Dunk10
Driving Dunk10
Close Shot10
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul10
Shot IQ10
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling10
Speed with Ball0
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency10
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness0
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed10
Acceleration0
Strength10
Vertical10
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

The Slashing Takeover’s stat increases are kind of awkward because the Acceleration and Speed With ball stat are both at a 0 rating increase. These are both crucial for perimeter plays to slash their way to the paint. There might be some balancing issues that make this overpowered especially when combined with the best badges to use in NBA 2K21 like Quick First Step and Fancy Footwork.

Even with those two important attributes being 0, the Slashing Takeover still has the most +10 attributes out of all the takeovers in the game. You can penetrate the basket more easily. If you are an undersized guard, it will be more beneficial for you as no one can keep up with you. Most players right now do not even run the Lockdown Defender Takeover and it will be much easier for you to penetrate the basket.

The question remains whether you can capitalize on the situation as it is also difficult to score in the paint. It is just a combination of being a good combo guard where you can also make plays for your team and find the open man.

Spot Up Shooter Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup5
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot5
Mid Range10
Three Point Shot10
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ10
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling5
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency10
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

The Spot Up Shooter Takeover is quite straightforward. It gives the +10 rating boost to the Mid Range and the Three Point Shot attributes. It is overall a great option for shooters and it works well with catching and shooting including the badge.

There are multiple badges that can complement this Takeover efficiently. The Corner Specialist Badge will add even more bonus to your corner shots including mid-range shots in the corner.

You can absolutely become broken when the Spot Up Shooter Takeover is active and you have this as a golden badge. Green Machine, Hot Start, and Hot Zone Hunter will also compliment the Takeover well and improves overall consistency with your shots when you knock them down.

Shot Creator Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup10
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot5
Mid Range10
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ10
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling10
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency10
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

The Shot Creator Takeover is a mix of both the Playmaking Takeover and Sharp Shooting Takeover. It gives improved offensive consistency and improves overall skills as a combo guard. This Takeover is a bit lackluster and you are better off choosing a more specific Takeover instead of an overall boost.

Post Scorer Takover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup5
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot10
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook10
Post Fade10
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ10
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling5
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency5
Interior Defense10
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

The Post Scoring Takeover is absolutely broken for an offensive big man. Combine this with the Backdown Punisher and Deep Hooks badges and you are an unstoppable force in the low post and in the paint. The problem is getting your meters up to activate the Takeover because it is so easy to double team players who are backing down in the post especially when you are on fire.

All Defensive Takeovers

Rim Protector Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup5
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot10
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ5
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling5
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency5
Interior Defense10
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block10
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential5
Durability5

The Rim Protector Takeover is simple and it only increases your Block and Interior Defense by 10 ratings. It also increases your Close Shot by 10 to compensate for the lack of buffs but this is one of the more concentrated aspects of the game. I would have preferred to add additional Vertical or Defensive Consistency but adding 10 ratings to Block is already insanely good.

Now, if you ever feel like they were not enough focus on the interior defending in this version of NBA 2K21, it can feel a bit underwhelming. In fact, it is somehow true but, it does matter when you are trying to fill that hole in your team where defense is needed.

Lockdown Defender Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup5
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot5
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ5
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling5
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency5
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense10
Steal10
Block5
Offensive Rebound5
Defensive Rebound5
Lateral Quickness10
Help Defense10
Pass Perception10
Defensive Consistency10
Speed10
Acceleration10
Strength10
Vertical5
Stamina0
Hustle10
Potential0
Durability5

Contrary to it its name, the Lockdown Defending Takeover is not an all-around defending Takeover but it focuses on your perimeter defense and improves physical stats like Lateral Quickness, Speed, Acceleration, and Strength. These are all specifically for guards and forwards who are defending the perimeter to prevent easy penetration to the paint.

Since the Slashing Takeover is extremely popular, this is a good option for opposing players who want to aim in shutting down the scoring guard on the other team. Overall, this is a good takeover where it can be beneficial on almost every team composition you have on the court.

Glass Cleaner Takeover

Stat Increases
Driving Layup5
Standing Dunk5
Driving Dunk5
Close Shot10
Mid Range5
Three Point Shot5
Free Throw5
Post Hook5
Post Fade5
Post Moves5
Draw Foul5
Shot IQ5
Pass Accuracy5
Ball Handling5
Speed with Ball5
Hands5
Passing IQ5
Vision5
Offensive Consistency5
Interior Defense5
Perimeter Defense5
Steal5
Block5
Offensive Rebound10
Defensive Rebound10
Lateral Quickness5
Help Defense5
Pass Perception5
Defensive Consistency5
Speed5
Acceleration5
Strength5
Vertical10
Stamina0
Hustle5
Potential0
Durability5

The Rebounding Takeover is technically not a defensive one because rebounding is a big part of both the offensive and defensive side of things. I put it on the defensive because I believe that it has more value there even with the +10 rating to the Close Shot stat.

The increase in Vertical by 10 will increase your ability to block shots and choosing this Takeover will most likely mean that you are using a big man build and playing either a Power Forward or a Center.

Conclusion

All these Takeovers are usable in a way. It depends on your character build, your team and what game mode you are playing. Playing in the Neighborhood is definitely different from just playing MyCareer and finishing your stint as an NBA player. Choose the one that defines your player and your specific role to your team.

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