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NBA 2K18: Best Builds for MyCareer

The core focus of MyCareer in NBA 2K18, along with the other modes linked to it, is to create the best player in the NBA. With a total of 189 archetype combinations to choose from, choosing the best build can get pretty difficult. Below is a short guide to help you select the right build for playing in MyCareer.

First off, it’s important to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each position. Selecting skill specializations that don’t traditionally fit a certain position will limit your character’s high rank badges and attribute specializations. Essentially, you will either end up overspecializing in certain stats while being extremely weak in others or simply have a well-rounded player with few badges. In NBA 2K18, the rank and quantity of badges (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Hall of Fame) are also something to consider when selecting your archetype as some builds have few to no Hall of Fame badges.


Choosing your height, weight, and wingspan also affects your build. Overall, these will affect your character’s shot contests, rebounding, strength, shooting percentage, and more.

Lastly, choose the right position and archetype combination based on the team you want to join. Unless you want to replace Stephen Curry, pick another team that needs a good point guard.

With these factors in mind, which build should you choose? Well, it’s difficult to recommend specific builds for all positions due to the vast archetype variety in NBA 2K18. Also, the best build will depend on your preferences. At best, we can provide a few skill specialization combinations based on the number of upgrades your character will have. Regardless of the position chosen, the archetype combination should remain somewhat similar. We’ll leave out pure archetype builds considering the results are pretty obvious.

Shot Creators are one of the best specializations to mix with if you want an offense-focused character. This archetype specializes in agility, layups and dunks, shooting off the dribble, and mid-range shooting. Mixing it with the 3pt Shooting Specialization will make you a beast in shooting twos and threes.

If you want an athletic character who’s strong and can move fast around the court, make sure you select the Defending specialization. Mix it with other archetypes, such as Post Scoring or Driving and Finishing, to give your character some offensive tools.

If you want to dominate the paint, the Post Scoring specialization has you covered. Mix it with Driving and Finishing to get those easy hoops.

For more on NBA 2K18, make sure to check our wiki.

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