When starting your journey in NBA 2K23 MyCAREER, it would not be surprising if you choose to play a point guard. Manning the point means running your team’s offense in most possessions.
Of course, the 1 position is not all that glamorous. It requires mad skills because you play a big part in making sure the offense is flowing smoothly.
While the great point guards who played in previous generations looked to pass more and rack up the assists, their roles have shifted in that the top-rated point guards nowadays have elite shot-creating skills.
If you ask older basketball fans who they think the best point guards are, chances are they will answer with a playmaker like Magic Johnson, Isaiah Thomas, and John Stockton. However, in NBA 2K23, the point guards with the highest overall ratings are shot creators: Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, and Ja Morant.
Get the chance to carve your own legendary career by creating the best point guard build in NBA 2K23.
This guide will show you how to customize your character’s body settings, attributes, takeovers, and badges to provide you with a legendary player in the making.
But first things first, do you know what the role of a point guard is? In most cases, his job is to open up scoring opportunities for his team. In some ways, he can serve as an extension of the coaching staff on the floor. For this reason, he should be at least a decent playmaker.
Nowadays, many of the great point guards can create their own shot or hit it from deep to keep defenses honest. In NBA 2K23, the ability to take and make the 3-point shot consistently can boost your gameplay experience – whether in MyCAREER or REC.
For these reasons, I will teach you how to create a point guard with a player archetype of a three-point playmaker.
The current average height of point guards in the NBA is 6’3”. You can opt to create a player smaller than the average to make it quicker. On the other hand, you can choose an oversized point guard. But because of the game’s mechanics, making your player taller will cause it to be slower. Thus, we can just go with the average.
As for the weight, you can set it 180lbs or another option very close to that value. It wouldn’t have that much of an effect on the potential we will set later as long as the weight is not drastically far off the default.
The wingspan is a different matter. You will need to avoid extending it past 6’8″ because doing so will decrease the maximum shooting attributes.
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 180 lbs
- Wingspan: 6’8”
Setting the potential is one of the trickiest parts of creating the best point guard build in NBA 2K23. I’d understand if you want to max out the potential of as many attributes as possible. However, that is nearly impossible because there is a limit to how many points you can assign.
The categories you are going to want to prioritize for this archetype are playmaking and shooting. Some points also have to be allotted to the physicals department because you would want a point guard who can move quickly.
The finishing attributes are some of the ones you will need to sacrifice. If you want a player who is strong inside the paint, you should consider going with a power forward or center instead. But because your game is based more on the perimeter, you can forgo maximizing the finishing attributes.
Among the attributes in this category, you should increase driving layup to at least 70. This will help you convert most of your layup attempts, even in the face of defenders.
- Close Shot: 52
- Driving Layup: 73
- Driving Dunk: 25
- Standing Dunk: 25
- Post Control: 25
Similar to the best shooting guard build in NBA 2K23, shooting attributes will be given focus here. After all, having a 3-point weapon can help you punish defenders who sag off just because you’re a point guard.
Keep in mind that having good shooting attributes will not make you automatic from the perimeter. Several users have already been complaining about how unreliable the shooting mechanics in NBA 2K23 have been. It helps to create and equip the best jumpshot animation in the game. To unlock it, you will need to raise your potential mid-range shot or three-point shot attribute to 93. However, I recommend the latter.
- Mid-Range Shot: 78
- Three-Point Shot: 93
- Free Throw: 71
Since your player archetype is an offensive all-around who specializes in being a floor general, it makes sense to set the playmaking attributes to around 90. There is no need to maximize the attributes to the limit so that you will have more points to allocate to other attributes.
Remember that playmaking is your bread and butter. So, on top of raising the relevant attributes, you will need to learn how to run the offense in the game.
One of the most efficient ways to provide your team with scoring opportunities is to call for a screen and then drive to the paint for an uncontested layup or pass to an open teammate.
- Pass Accuracy: 90
- Ball Handle: 93
- Speed With Ball: 88
For the defense/rebounding category, you will just have to focus on just two attributes.
One of them is perimeter defense, which will help you stay in front of opposing point guards, most of whom are very nimble themselves. The other is the steal. Make sure to add some points to the attribute to give your team more offensive possessions and to significantly increase your teammate grade by performing solidly on defense.
- Interior Defense: 25
- Perimeter Defense: 73
- Steal: 69
- Block: 25
- Offensive Rebound: 25
- Defensive Rebound: 28
As previously mentioned, the “physicals” category should be included in your priorities. In fact, on your way to getting a 99 rating, speed, and acceleration are some of the attributes you have to upgrade early.
In addition, your potential stamina should be set to at least a value of 90. Your player will certainly experience fatigue in a lot of games because your gameplay will heavily involve ball-handling duties. Furthermore, guarding the opposing primary ball handler may also take a toll on your player’s energy.
- Speed: 88
- Acceleration: 90
- Strength: 25
- Vertical: 58
- Stamina: 90
- Primary takeover: Playmaker
- Secondary takeover: Shot Creator
Based on the player archetype we have just made, the two takeovers that can help you become better at the game are Playmaker and Shot Creator.
The Playmaker takeover is an obvious choice. When activated, it raises your chances of freezing your defenders when dribbling the ball and boosts your teammate’s shooting abilities after receiving a pass from your player.
As for the secondary takeover, you can also go with Spot Up Shooter to increase your shooting stats when your player gets hot. However, I recommend selecting Shot Creator to make your player more effective when shooting off the dribble.
- Primary takeover: Team Ratings Boost
- Secondary takeover: Pull-Up Precision
When hopping on to MyCAREER on the next-gen version of NBA 2K23, you would definitely love your decision to play the point guard position because of the variety of takeovers available. The downside is that it can be difficult to select the best one.
For the primary takeover, I recommend Team Ratings Boost under the Playmaker category. When activated, your teammates will see an increase in offensive ratings. During close games in offline and online gameplay, the takeover can give your squad the win.
For the secondary takeover, you cannot go wrong with equipping a Shot Creator option. I suggest going for Pull-Up Precision under the Shot Creator takeover to help you convert shots off the dribble more efficiently.
In NBA 2K23, a new badge tier system has been rolled out, which made it more challenging for users to find the best combination of badges in the MyCAREER mode. With 66 badge points available, choosing what is best for your player can be overwhelming. So, let me help you decide which to equip.
Since you can only unlock six finishing badges, not much thinking is involved here. Look to upgrade the badges that can boost your efficiency inside the shaded area.
The Acrobat and Fearless Finisher badges can help you convert layups of high-degree of difficulty and contact layups. Meanwhile, Giant Slayer can raise the shot percentage of your layup attempts when matched against a taller defender.
- Acrobat: Bronze
- Fearless Finisher: Bronze
- Giant Slayer: Silver
- Slithery: Bronze
For the shooting badges, you will eventually gain 25 points to play around with. I suggest gunning for the gold tier of the Clutch Shooter and Space Creator options to help you score more efficiently during crunch times and in space.
The other badges I recommend here can boost your chances of making the shots even when enemies are trying to close out on your attempt.
Another alternative for you is to focus on fewer badges and level them up to the gold or Hall of Fame tier. That would work, too.
- Agent 3: Silver
- Amped: Silver
- Blinders: Silver
- Clutch Shooter: Gold
- Comeback Kid: Silver
- Corner Specialist: Silver
- Deadeye: Silver
- Green Machine: Silver
- Guard Up: Silver
- Limitless Range: Silver
- Space Creator: Gold
Most of the badge points that will be available for you are in the playmaking department. You can receive a maximum of 27 playmaking badge points. If you know the fastest way to unlock badges in NBA 2K23, you can earn all of them in no time.
If you don’t know where to assign those points, I suggest Floor General. The badge provides your teammates offensive attribute bonuses whenever your player is on the floor. While it will not always directly impact your own stats, the badge can help your team get the win. Upgrading it to the Hall of Fame tier is definitely enticing, but the gold tier will do just fine.
The other badges worth your consideration are those that can improve your passing skills and help you unleash killer dribble combinations.
- Ankle Breaker: Silver
- Clamp Breaker: Silver
- Dimer: Silver
- Floor General: Gold
- Handles for Days: Silver
- Hyperdrive: Silver
- Killer Combos: Silver
- Mismatch Expert: Bronze
- Needle Threader: Silver
- Quick First Step: Silver
- Special Delivery: Silver
- Unpluckable: Silver
Choosing which defense/rebounding badges to unlock is a lot more straightforward than the other categories. Focus on the ones that will equip you to be a better on-ball defender and help you notch up the steals.
The badges I recommend for those who are creating the best point guard build are the Menace, Glove, and Interceptor. These are beneficial not just in MyCAREER but also in REC games as they can help you stop opponents in their tracks or steal the ball from opposing ball handlers. Pick Dodger is also a great option, especially if you play with other users who call for screens in nearly every possession.
- Ankle Braces: Bronze
- Clamps: Bronze
- Glove: Bronze
- Interceptor: Bronze
- Menace: Silver
- Pick Dodger: Gold
After creating the best point guard build in NBA 2K23, the next step in your legendary career is selecting a team to play for. You can choose any of the 30 franchises to initially sign up with. If you change your mind later on, you can request a trade.
However, it is important to select the right team because many franchises already have a cornerstone at the point guard position.
One of the best teams to join for point guards is the Washington Wizards, which currently does not have a starting-caliber player at the 1. Joining the Bradley Beal-led Wizards will also give you the opportunity to form the best backcourt in the league.
If you want to contend for a title in no time, you can come play for the Los Angeles Clippers and form a Big 3 with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. But if you want to be the man and help revitalize a fledgling franchise, go to the San Antonio Spurs, who don’t have a cornerstone yet.