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NBA 2K21: Best finishing badges to equip for insane dunks and layups

Published: 10:15, 07 November 2020
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Take your player to the skies with our NBA 2K21 finishing badges guide.

In this guide, we give you the best finishing badges that will ensure you get the most out of your guard build's dunking and layup abilities in NBA 2K21.

Finishing at the rim by performing a jaw-dropping dunk or just a simple, yet effective layup is of paramount importance for a guard build in NBA 2K21.

But of course, in order to be able to execute these finishing moves in the game, you need to equip and set your finishing badges up correctly. This guide will give you all you need to know about the best finishing badges to equip to get the most out of your player's slashing abilities.

Contact Finisher (Hall of Fame)

This is by far one of the most essential finishing badges in the game. It increases the chance of your player successfully executing a contact dunk or layup in traffic. If your build's finishing - a.k.a slashing - attributes are somewhere up in the 80s or higher, this badge will significantly improve your player's effectiveness in this field.

2K Screenshot of HOF Contact Finisher badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: HOF Contact Finisher badge

The Hall of Fame level of this badge will allow your player to pull off the most vicious contact dunks, even against the best of defenders. When paired with the correct dunk and layup animations , Contact Finisher will take your player's finishing skills to a whole new level.

Slithery Finisher (Hall of Fame)

Regardless of what type of guard build you may be using in NBA 2K21, Slithery Finisher is a vital badge to have in your arsenal as it drastically improves your player's ability to avoid contact with defense in the paint when going for a dunk or layup.

When set to the Hall of Fame tier, this badge will make you breeze through the defense protecting the rim with ease, which will increase your odds of pulling off a dunk or layup.

2K Screenshot of HOF Slithery Finisher badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: HOF Slithery Finisher badge

The reason why we recommend this badge at Hall of Fame tier is that, even if you do end up making contact with the opposing player, the aforementioned Contact Finisher badge will make sure that you still get that bucket nonetheless, so it's a fantastic badge duo that you definitely want to include in your game.

Pro Touch (Gold)

This is an important badge for upping your layup game, as it gives you an additional boost for well-timed layup attempts.

2K Screenshot of Gold Pro Touch badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: Gold Pro Touch badge

If you find it easy to time your layups correctly, the Gold tier of this badge will ensure that your layup efforts translate into easy points nearly every single time.

Acrobat (Gold)

If you're a fan of performing fancy layups, such as the reverse layup or euro-step, then Acrobat is an absolute must-have badge for you. The Gold tier will see to it that all of your acrobatic layup attempts end up being a success.

2K Screenshot of Gold Acrobat badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: Gold Acrobat badge

We strongly recommend that you incorporate these acrobatic layups into your slashing routine, because most of the time, the defense in the paint does not expect that you go for a reverse layup - or any other acrobatic layup for that matter - so you will have the element of surprise at your side.

Consistent Finisher (Silver)

Another important badge for improving your layup skills, Consistent Finisher will aid your layup scoring efforts greatly as it allows you to score more consistently by reducing the penalty for badly timed layup attempts.

2K Screenshot of Silver Consistent Finisher badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: Silver Consistent Finisher badge

Given that extremely poor layup timing is not exactly the most frequent of occurrences for most NBA 2K21 players, we recommend setting this badge to Silver tier only. There's virtually no reason to go any higher than that unless you have a really hard time timing your layups, but even then we'd recommend practicing and getting a feel for your player's layup animations before spending any additional upgrades on this badge.

Giant Slayer (Bronze)

This badge can come in very handy for players who like making their guard builds shorter and more reliant on layups as it increases the efficiency of layups against taller defenders and reduces the odds of getting blocked and denied at the rim.

2K Screenshot of Bronze Giant Slayer badge in NBA 2K21 NBA 2K21: Bronze Giant Slayer badge

However, because the chances of your player going up against an enormous paint beast aren't exactly a safe bet every single game, we recommend setting Giant Slayer to Bronze tier only. We find that this tier is just enough to make the badge do its magic, and still keep you set with a decent number of finishing badge upgrades that you can spend elsewhere.

In order to be able to follow this guide and make use of every badge as listed, you are going to need a guard build that has at least 17 finishing badges. A good example of such a build is a Scoring Machine, and you can find an in-depth guide on how to make one right here .

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