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NBA 2K18: Advanced Passing Guide

How to Perform Advanced Passes in NBA 2K18

When you think about the best passers in the NBA, names like Lebron James and Chris Paul come to mind. Finding the right man at the right time can lead to easy buckets, and that’s no different in NBA 2K18. Here’s how to step up your game and take full advantage of all of the advances passes available in the game.

To perform a standard pass in NBA 2K18, simply push the left stick in the direction of the player you would like to pass the ball to and press X/ A. This performs a standard chest pass from one player to another. For a bounce pass, push the left stick in the direction of the recipient and press Circle/ B. For an overhead pass, push the left stick in the direction you want to pass it and tap Triangle/ Y. Players can attempt an alley-oop by simply double tapping Triangle/ Y.


If you want to take your passing game to the next level in NBA 2K18, hold down Triangle/ Y to lead an off-ball player towards the basket and release it when you are ready to pass. To complete a flashy pass, simply double tap Circle/ B while holding the left stick in the direction of the recipient. For a give and go play, press and hold X/ A to pass the ball while maintaining control of the passer. Release the button for a return pass.

Another commonly used tactic to create movement is the dribble handoff. This is where an off-ball offensive player runs behind the ball-handler and is handed the ball. To perform this move, hold down Circle/ B and wait for the off-ball player to run behind the ball-handler. Release the button to perform the hand-off.

While standing or driving to the basket, you can perform a fake pass or jump pass. For a fake pass, press Triangle + Circle/ Y+B. A jump pass is executed by pressing Square + X/ X + A.

At the end of a game when attempting to reserve time in NBA 2K18, it may be best to roll the inbound pass in rather than pass it. To do this, rather than pressing X/A to inbound the ball, press Triangle/ Y.

Hit the court and practice these moves to create better ball movement and more open shots. For more on NBA 2k18, check out our wiki.

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