NBA 2K23 Shooting, Pro Stick, Skill Moves, AI, Takeovers, and Defensive Enhancements Detailed in First Courtside Report

NBA 2K23 Shooting, Pro Stick, Skill Moves, AI, Takeovers, and Defensive Enhancements Detailed in First Courtside Report

Richard Walker

2K has shared its first Courtside Report for NBA 2K23, following last week's First Look gameplay trailer, detailing some of the new skill moves, animations, and player builds you can expect for this year's iteration of Visual Concepts' basketball sim. The changes come in response to community feedback, covering a number of key facets.

Promising a “more authentic and hyper-real experience”, NBA 2K23 will include improvements to shooting, adding attributes to shooting with signature jump shots each with their own unique shooting stats. NBA 2K23 will have five new shot meters to choose from, with fifteen more to unlock during Seasons throughout the year.

The Pro Stick is undergoing a series of enhancements, too, with new ‘Gesture Combos’ introducing new tools for shooting and ball handling, when controlling playmakers. Dunking is also set to receive new commands, so you can dun the way you want without accidentally performing an unexpected skill dunk.

Skill Moves and Adrenaline Boosts tie into the Gesture Combos, with more ball handling and shooting options on offense. Adrenaline Boosts are a new feature to prevent overdribbling, consumed each time a player carries out a hard go or explosive sprint launch. There are three boosts, and once they're gone, your player's speed and acceleration decreases significantly for the rest of your possession.

Defensive play is also being given a major overhaul, with the aim of creating more realistic on-ball defense and shot blocking, as well as steals and ball strips. Blocks have been fine-tuned for more predictable outcomes, while also ensuring that the right players make appropriate stops when correctly timing block attempts. Ball security for ‘good dunkers’ and other refinements are also in the works.

Takeovers (both primary and secondary) will remain unchanged, while Team Takeover is being redesigned as a co-operative team system, with the team sharing one meter. “The new design makes a lot more sense and does a better job representing what it means to be hot as a team and to take over the game as a unit,” the Courtside Report notes.

On Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, AI ball handling, pick and rolls, defensive tendencies, and coaching decisions will all be improved, alongside a brand new tiered Badge system for current-gen consoles, with 16 Badges per attribute category (eight in Tier 1, four in Tier 2, and four in Tier 3.

"From focusing on how players can attack the basket, to more realistic on-ball defense and a new tiered badge system, all the features we’ve brought to life in the game this year will create a more authentic gameplay experience that is enjoyable for everyone,” said Gameplay Director Mike Wang.

NBA 2K23 will be coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on 9th September, and you can check out some Courtside Report gameplay snippets below.

  • 2 days ago is last week? Err no. That’s not how that works.
  • Time flies when you're having fun?
  • @1&2 - The actual trailer dropped on Friday, but we knocked off for the weekend before covering it on the Monday. So, technically, it was last week.
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