How to optimize your MyPlayer build: The best dribble moves in NBA 2K23

You’re taking ankles with these NBA 2K23 dribble moves.

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Looking to break some ankles in NBA 2K23? You’ve come to the right place. While we can’t go on the court and dribble for you, we can help you optimize your MyPlayer build with the best dribble moves in NBA 2K23.

There are several settings that go into your overall dribbling package. Optimizing them all should result in a much smoother experience on the court. Leaving a couple unattended because they don’t necessarily look important can and will bring along on-court regrets.

The settings you need to pay attention to are:

Dribble styleSignature size-upSize-up escapeMoving crossoverMoving behind the backMoving spinMoving hesitationMoving stepbackSpin jumperHop jumper

As you’ve probably guessed, the last couple of animations also tie into your MyPlayer’s jump shot. They function as dribble preparation for the jumper, which makes them a core part of the dribbling package and essential for releasing a clean shot out of a tough spot.

As we established in our ultimate NBA 2K23 jump shot guide, skills and animations are separated into height sections: for players under 6 foot 5 inches tall, for players between 6 foot 5 inches and 6 foot 10 inches, and for players 6 foot 10 inches and above.

This rule applies to dribble moves, too. We will show you the best dribble setup for the shortest and mid-height players. If your guy is a center, our recommended setup would be to not dribble the ball unless absolutely necessary. If you insist on doing so anyways, just equip Joel Embiid’s animations and call it a day.

Best dribble moves for players under 6 foot 5 inches in NBA 2K23

Dribble style – Chris PaulSignature size-up – Steve FrancisSize-up escape – Trae YoungMoving crossover – Trae YoungMoving behind the back – Stephen CurryMoving spin – John WallMoving hesitation – Kyrie IrvingMoving stepback – John WallSpin jumper – Allen IversonHop jumper – Allen Iverson

Best dribble moves for players between 6 foot 5 inches and 6 foot 10 inches in NBA 2K23

Dribble style – Michael JordanSignature size-up – LeBron JamesSize-up escape – LeBron JamesMoving crossover – James HardenMoving behind the back – Zach LaVineMoving spin – Penny HardawayMoving hesitation – Luka DončićMoving stepback – Luka DončićSpin jumper – Penny HardawayHop jumper – James Harden

Having the best dribbling setup in NBA 2K23 won’t win you games by itself, but it certainly helps along the way.

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Kiril Stoilov

Dot Esports general gaming writer. Loves writing, games, and writing about games. Began working in the industry in 2018 with, before moving to, and later joining the Dot Esports staff. Though a single player gamer at heart, he can be seen noobing around CS:GO lobbies.

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