Throwing a pass is one of the important actions that you can make in basketball. Much like in real life, players in NBA 2K21 can throw various different kinds of passes, suited for different situations. As much as some of us hate doing it, you will need to know how to pass the ball in 2K.
While hitting shots is important, knowing how to pass the ball is doubly so. Here are some of the passing options available.
Normal Pass – Press X/A. Choose a receiver with the Left Stick.
Icon Pass – Press RB/R1. Select the receiver’s icon.
Bounce Pass – Press Circle/B. Choose a receive with the Left Stick.
Overhead Pass – Press Triangle/Y and then use Left Stick to choose a receiver.
Flashy Pass – Press Circle/B twice. Use Left Stick to choose a receiver.
Skip Pass – Press and hold X/A to target a receiver further away.
Fake Pass – While holding still or driving, press Triangle/Y and then Circle/B.
Jump Pass – While holding still or driving, press Square/X and then X/A.
Alley-Oop – Press Triangle/Y twice. Use the Left Stick to choose a receiver.
Touch Pass – Before the first receiver has the ball, press X/A. Choose a second receiver with the Left Stick.
Alley-Oop to Self – Press Triangle/Y twice and then shift the Left Stick to the hoop.
Lead to Basket Pass – Press and hold Triangle/Y. This will cause the receiver selected to head to the basket. Release the button to pass.
Give and Go – Before the receiver has the ball, press X/A and hold it. Now use the Left Stick to move the first passer. Release the button to receive the ball back.
That’s as simple as it gets in NBA 2K21, but the advanced pass more complicated.
Skip, Fake, and Jump Pass
To perform a skip pass, hold X on PlayStation, A on Xbox, or B on Switch. This’ll target receivers further away, making cross-court passes easier.
To trick defenders with a fake pass, press Triangle and Circle at the same time on PlayStation, Y and B on Xbox, and X and A on Switch.
Jump passes get you extra leverage when throwing the ball. To do one, press Square and X on PlayStation, X and A on Xbox, and Y and B on Switch.
Icon, Flashy, and Alley-Oop Passes
The icon pass is one of the most important advanced passes in NBA 2K21. It allows you to target specific teammates, no matter where they are on the court. To pull up the player icons and decide on a receiver, press R1 on PlayStation, RB on Xbox, and R on Switch.
Flashy passes are less important, but sometimes you want to add some flair to a pass. To do one, double-tap Circle on PlayStation, B on Xbox, or A on Switch.
The most flashy advanced pass in NBA 2K21 might be the alley-oop. To throw one, double-tap Triangle on PlayStation, Y on Xbox, or X Switch. To throw an alley-oop to yourself, simply do the same button input while pushing the left stick towards the basket.
Lead, Control, and Touch Pass
The following passes are some of the most advanced you can do in NBA 2K21. Be sure to memorize these ones, as they’re extremely useful.
A lead pass will make the receiver cut to the basket before the pass. You’ll need to hold the button to start the cut, then release it to perform the pass. Hold Triangle on PlayStation, Y on Xbox, or X on Switch.
Full receiver control passes allow you to control the receiver by holding down a button before releasing it to pass. Press and hold Circle on PlayStation, B on Xbox, or A on Switch.
Touch passes are quick ones that waste no time when a pass needs to be made immediately. Press X on PlayStation, A on Xbox, or B on Switch just before a pass reaches your hands to perform a touch pass to the next teammate.
Pro Stick Pass, Give and Go, and Rolling Inbound
Pro Stick passes are ones that use the right stick to perform a pass in any direction in NBA 2K21. To do this, move the right stick while holding down R1 on PlayStation, RB on Xbox, or R on Switch.
A give and go you to pass, then get a pass back after repositioning yourself. Hold X on PlayStation, A on Xbox, or B on Switch, then release it to receive the ball again after moving yourself around.
Rolling inbounds can save precious time at the end of close games. To roll the ball, press Triangle when inbounding on PlayStation, Y on Xbox, and X on Switch.