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NBA 2K18: How to Upgrade Free Throws

Upgrade Free Throws in NBA 2K18

Improving your NBA 2K18 MyCareer character is essential to make your rookie a valuable asset in your chosen team. Your character’s stats can be upgraded by spending Virtual Currency (VC) on attribute points; however, the free throw attribute is an exception in NBA 2K18. If you can’t buy your way to improve your free throw attribute, how do you do it?

Simply put, you need to practice your free throw shots to improve said attribute. Most badges in NBA 2K18 simply enhance your stats during specific situations, but for free throws, your attribute is entirely dependent on badges. This means you’ll have to spend several MyCareer games with a 65 free throw overall rating before you see improvement. Unlocking the badge will increase your free throw rating to 75, and upgrading the badge will further increase the rating.


The badge for free throws is called Free Throw Ace. To unlock the badge, you need to rack up a total of 12,000 experience points on free throw shooting. You can unlock and level the badge by shooting free throws in NBA matches or inside the practice court.

Landing each free throw shot in NBA matches grants you 160 experience points on the Free Throw Ace badge. If this is your go-to workout for grinding on the free throw badge, simply keep driving towards the basket with a dunk or layup in hopes that the defenders try to foul you.

Meanwhile, you can also work on a total of three free throw exercises in the practice gym after each match. This is the fastest way to improve your free throw rating if you can consistently get a two or three star rating on the practice drill. To activate the free throw drill, click the button for “select badge to work on” and select the Free Throw Ace drill.

You can see your free throw stat by going to the options menu during a match. From there, select box score on your MyCareer character. All your stats are located in the attributes section.

For more on NBA 2K18, check our ever-growing wiki.

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