NBA 2K20 Mycareer Tips and Builds


There are multiple modes in NBA 2K20. However, the most common mode to play is MyCareer. The story mode takes you through Che's life and how he aims to enter the NBA. However, to earn the NBA ticket, you have to earn a good Teammate grade, play through the NBA Combine, and hopefully get drafted. This guide will teach you how to build your MyPlayer, some tips and tricks to follow, and ensure you get drafted.

Beginner Tips to Follow

Practicing your Jumpshot.

The MyCareer mode allows you to build and design your own character. Honing your strength and earning a good Teammate grade gives you better opportunities to earn endorsements and finally get drafted. Even though Idris Elba will start as your coach, you will soon leave the club and earn your way to the NBA alone. Get endorsements, accept salary offers, and get drafted so you can participate in larger leagues.

An important factor to consider when getting drafted is your Teammate grade. Having a high Teammate grade affects your chances of getting drafted significantly. Below are some tips for people new to the MyCareer mode, how to progress through the story, and ensure that you get drafted for an NBA team.

  • Avoid losing the ball. If possible, try to pass instead, as a good pass and assist increases your Teammate grade significantly.
  • Your first draft challenge game will be an invitational. Try to earn at least a C+ or above to get a good first assessment and increase your chances of getting drafted.
  • Play around your strength. NBA 2K20 does not allow an all-around player to score consistent threes but who is also a powerful center.  Play around your strengths and practice your skill according to the MyPlayer you built.
  • Your summer league games and team tryout games affect your drafting chances more than the NBA Combine.
  • No need to sprint all the time. Your stamina will drain fast, so make sure to only sprint when necessary.
  • Always use Team practice. This way, you can unlock the drills you want during practice.
  • Attending Team practice will help unlock the Jump Shot Creator.
  • Master the basics. Mastering how to dribble, pass, defend, and shoot is essential before starting any matches. Always practice and learn the mechanics in-depth.
  • Choose the team you want by looking at their rosters. Teams that need your position are more likely to draft you.
  • Avoid fouls at all costs. Committing two fouls will get you pulled from the first quarter and the second quarter if you commit four fouls.
  • Play with your team. Study their playstyle and know how to fit your playstyle with theirs.
  • Equip your badges to increase your skills. Equipping appropriate badges can help boost your stats.
  • Don't skip out on the defense. Shooting and flashy plays can help your team score but not win. Learning how to defend properly can help your team win the game.

Building your Character

Building your character and setting attributes.

You can try and build your character however, you want. The guides below can serve as a basis on the appropriate stats you can use for your specific playstyle and desired role. Take note that this is just a guide on the stats you can choose. There are other factors to consider when increasing your chance to get drafted, and it is important to grind your badges to complete these builds.

Point Guard

Building an offensive Point Guard.

The Offensive Threat build has been famous for its shooting and playmaking style. For your Skill breakdown, choose the second pie chart that focuses on finishing and shooting focus, and choose the first physical profile to maximize your speed. This build is great as an all-around powerful point guard in the game. The finished build is similar to Kyrie Irving and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Below is the in-depth breakdown of where to apply your attribute upgrades.

Finishing

  • Close Shot:88
  • Driving Layup:87
  • Driving Dunk:82

Shooting 

  • Mid-Range Shot:81
  • Three-point Shot:80
  • Free Throw:88
  • Post Fade:89

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy:82
  • Ball Handle:82
  • Post Moves:42

Defense/Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense:75
  • Lateral Quickness:72
  • Steal:77
  • Defensive Rebound:68

Badge upgrades

  • Finishing:15
  • Shooting:21
  • Playmaking:14
  • Def/Reb:8

Physicals

  • Speed:88
  • Strength:56
  • Acceleration:86
  • Vertical:78
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Wingspan: 75.0"

Takeover

Choosing the Takeover for the Offensive Threat build.
  • Slasher or Spot Up Shooter

Recommended Badges

Recommended Badges for the Offensive Threat build.

Finishing

  • Contact Finisher: HOF
  • Fancy Footwork: HOF
  • Slithery Finisher: HOF
  • Relentless Finisher: Gold

Shooting

  • Deadeye: HOF
  • Difficult Shots: Bronze
  • Green Machine: HOF
  • Hot Zone Hunter: HOF
  • Quick Draw: HOF
  • Range Extender: HOF

Playmaking

  • Dimer: Gold
  • Handles for Days: Gold
  • Quick First Step: Gold
  • Space Creator: Gold

Defense/Rebounding Badges

  • Clamps: Gold
  • Intimidator: Gold
  • Pick Dodger: Silver

Shooting Guard

Building a Playmaking Shooting Guard.

This Playmaking Slasher Shooting guard focuses on maximum Speed and Acceleration which is perfect for a Playmaking style.  For your Skill Breakdown, choose the playmaking pie chart, and for the Physical profile, a maximum agility profile suits this build best. This build is similar to Devin Booker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Below is the in-depth breakdown of where to apply your attribute upgrades.

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 86
  • Driving Layup: 86
  • Driving Dunk: 80
  • Standing Dunk: 28

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 79
  • Three-Point Shot:75
  • Free Throw: 85
  • Post Fade:76

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy:94
  • Ball Handle:95

Defense/Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: 48
  • Perimeter Defense: 75
  • Lateral Quickness:72
  • Steal: 74
  • Block:39
  • Defensive Rebound: 80

Badge Upgrades

  • Finishing: 10
  • Shooting: 15
  • Playmaking: 27
  • Def/Reb: 8

Physicals:

  • Speed: 95
  • Strength: 51
  • Acceleration: 95
  • Vertical: 76
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight:178 lbs
  • Wingspan: 77.0"

Takeover

Choosing the Takeover for the Playmaking Shooting Guard.
  • Playmaker or Slasher

Recommended Badges

Recommended Badges for the Playmaking Shooting Guard build.

Finishing

  • Contact Finisher: Gold
  • Fancy Footwork: Gold
  • Slithery Finisher: Gold
  • Giant Slayer: Bronze

Shooting

  • Deadeye: Gold
  • Green Machine: Gold
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Gold
  • Quick Draw: Gold
  • Range Extender: Gold

Playmaking

  • Ankle Breaker: HOF
  • Bail Out: Gold
  • Floor General: HOF
  • Handles For Days: HOF
  • Lob City Passer: Silver
  • Quick First Step: HOF
  • Space Creator: HOF
  • Unpluckable: Silver

Defense/Rebounding

  • Chase Down Artist: Bronze
  • Clamps: Gold
  • Intimidator: Gold
  • Rim Protector: Bronze

Center

Building a big and defensive Center.

This Paint Beast build boosts a strong and defensive center. You will need to pick the all-defending pie chart for your Skill Breakdown. Choose a balanced profile for your physical profile.  This build is similar to Ben Wallace and Deandre Jordan. Below is the in-depth breakdown of where to apply your attribute upgrades.

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 83
  • Driving Layup: 62
  • Driving Dunk: 72
  • Standing Dunk: 95
  • Post Hook: 64

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 70

Defense/Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: 95
  • Perimeter Defense: 67
  • Lateral Quickness: 59
  • Steal: 68
  • Block: 95
  • Offensive Rebound: 95
  • Defensive Rebound: 95

Badge Upgrades

  • Finishing: 16
  • Shooting: 1
  • Playmaking:1
  • Def/Reb:30

Physicals:

  • Speed:75
  • Strength:88
  • Acceleration:70
  • Vertical:73
  • Height: 6'10"
  • Weight: 233 lbs
  • Wingspan: 90.7."

Takeover:

Recommended Takeover for the Paint Beast Center.
  • Rim Protector

Recommended Badges

Recommended Badges for the Paint Beast Center.

Finishing

  • Backdown Punisher: Silver
  • Contact Finisher: Gold
  • Fancy Footwork: Gold
  • Lob City Finisher: Gold
  • Relentless Finisher: Silver
  • Slithery Finisher: Gold

Shooting

  • Slippery Off-Ball: Bronze

Playmaking

  • Break Starter: Bronze

Defense/Rebounding

  • Box: Bronze
  • Brick Wall: HOF
  • Chase Down Artist: Bronze
  • Clamps: HOF
  • Interceptor: Silver
  • Intimidator: HOF
  • Pogo Stick: HOF
  • Post Move Lockdown: Silver
  • Rebound Chaser: HOF
  • Rim Protector: HOF

Power Forward

Building a point power forward character.

This Point Power Forward build is suitable for beginners because of its versatility. The build lets you do a little bit of everything, and you can improve your fundamentals with this build.  Choose the playmaker pie chart for your Skill Breakdown.  For the physical profile, it is recommended that you choose a balanced profile. The finished build is similar to Jayson Tatum and Danilo Gallinari. Below is the in-depth breakdown of where to apply your attribute upgrades.

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 81
  • Driving Layup: 76
  • Driving Dunk: 72
  • Standing Dunk: 32
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Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 77
  • Three-Point Shot: 70
  • Free Throw: 80
  • Post Fade: 40

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 94
  • Ball Handle: 72
  • Post Moves: 88

Defense/Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense: 65
  • Lateral Quickness: 61
  • Steal: 64
  • Block: 73
  • Offensive Rebound: 70
  • Defensive Rebound: 81

Badge Upgrades
Finishing: 4
Shooting: 10
Playmaking: 20
Def/Reb: 8

Physicals:
Speed: 79
Strength: 72
Acceleration: 74
Vertical: 67
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 225 lbs
Wingspan: 81.0"

Takeover:

Recommended Takeover for the Point Power Forward build.
  • Shot Creator

Recommended Badges

Recommended Badges for the Point Forward.

Finishing

  • Contact Finisher: Gold
  • Slithery Finisher: Bronze

Shooting

  • Green Machine: Silver
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Gold
  • Quick Draw: Silver
  • Range Extender: Gold

Playmaking

  • Bail Out: Silver
  • Dream Shake: Silver
  • Handles for Days: HOF
  • Post Spin Technician: Silver
  • Quick First Step: HOF
  • Space Creator: HOF
  • Unpluckable: Silver

Defense/Rebounding

  • Chase Down Artist: Bronze
  • Clamps: Gold
  • Intimidator: Gold
  • Rebound Chaser: Bronze
  • Rim Protector: Bronze

Small Forward

Building a Facilitating Finisher Small Forward.

This Facilitating Finisher Build is another great all-around build. The build lets you dunk over centers pretty consistently, but you would need to complete your badges to maximize its potential. Pick the Finishing and Playmaking Skill Breakdown and pick the all agility Physical Profile for this build.  The finished build is similar to Demar Derozan and Kawhi Leonard. Below is the in-depth breakdown of where to apply your attribute upgrades.

Finishing
  • Close Shot: 90
  • Driving Layup: 86
  • Driving Dunk: 85
  • Standing Dunk: 44
Shooting
  • Mid-Range Shot: 72
  • Three-Point Shot: 62
  • Free Throw:  80
  • Post Fade: 82
Playmaking
  • Pass Accuracy: 86
  • Ball Handle: 78
  • Post Moves: 81
Defense/Rebounding
  • Perimeter Defense: 71
  • Lateral Quickness: 66
  • Steal: 70
  • Block: 41
  • Defensive Rebound: 78

Badge Upgrades
Finishing: 90
Shooting: 86
Playmaking: 85
Def/Reb: 44

Physicals:
Speed: 86
Strength: 64
Acceleration: 82
Vertical: 72
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 218 lbs
Wingspan: 80.9"

Takeover:

Choosing the takeover for your Facilitating Finisher Small Forward.
  • Slasher

Recommended Badges

Recommended Badges for the Facilitating Finisher Build.

Finishing

  • Consistent Finisher: Silver
  • Contact Finisher: HOF
  • Fancy Footwork: HOF
  • Relentless Finisher: Silver
  • Slithery Finisher: HOF

Shooting

  • Deadeye: Silver
  • Green Machine: Silver
  • Hot Zone Hunter: Gold
  • Quick Draw: Gold
  • Range Extender: Gold

Playmaking

  • Bail Out: Silver
  • Floor General: HOF
  • Handles for Days: HOF
  • Quick First Step: HOF
  • Space Creator: HOF
  • Unpluckable: Silver

Defense/Rebounding

  • Chase Down Artist: Bronze
  • Clamps: Silver
  • Intimidator: Silver

Getting Drafted

Getting Drafted Solid 1st round.

Depending on your performance, you will get placed on six different options:

  • Solid 1st Round
  • Late First Round
  • Early 2nd Round
  • Mid 2nd Round
  • Late 2nd Round
  • Undrafted

Aiming for the Solid 1st round is the most optimal because your game salary would be higher, and you can earn more VC. Getting a Solid 1st round draft gives you 800 to 1000 VC per game, letting you improve your player more. To get the best chance at getting drafted for the Solid 1st Round, you need to perform great on different draft challenges. You would also need to play through the different training sessions during the preludes.

Getting a B in full in-game scrimmage will help increase your stock. The draft combine and tryouts are other challenges you need to perform well to get to the first-round draft.

The Invitational

Playing as Che in the Invitational game.

The first draft challenge in NBA 2K20 is you playing in an Invitational Game. It would help if you got a high Teammate grade to increase your chances of getting drafted for a team. A grade of C+ and above is optimal for your first assessment. Always take note of the tips above, and avoid making aggressive plays if it would mean you lose the ball. A good pass and assist would increase your teammate grade a lot.

The Draft Combine

Playing as Che in the Invitational game.
Spot Up Shooting Challenge in the Draft Combine.

The Draft Combine is another challenge that will greatly affect your draft assessment. You will have to go through different shooting challenges and drills. The important factor to watch out for in the shooting challenges is to get the meter as close as you can to green. To increase your stock, you should aim to get a three-star on the following tests:

  • Vertical Jump
  • Running Jump
  • Sprint
  • Sidestep sprint
  • Deadlift

Before doing the tests, you get at least two practice attempts. If you are not used to Quick-time events, use this practice attempts to get the timing correctly. As you get closer to the drafting, you will see your draft standing and the amount of VC you will get throughout your career.  Always check your draft placement to see how you are fairing well.

Summer League

Winning the Summer League Championships.

The Summer League is a series of games that will determine the teams interested in your abilities. Your performance in each game plays an important factor in your draft assessment. There are about four games in the Summer League, and you must play well in all of them if you want to get drafted first round. If you are playing to get to the team of your dreams, you should take the summer League games seriously.

A key factor in performing well in the Summer League is not always shooting when the opportunity shows itself. Make sure that you are only taking smart shots, and instead focus on great ball handling. Losing the ball will decrease your grade significantly. If it comes down to it, make great passes instead. You do not always have to be shooting threes; instead, become a playmaker for your team and drive the enemy to make aggressive plays that you can punish.

Choosing your Team

Using the Team Practice Facility.

Although you cannot directly choose your team, you will influence the team that will pick you. You would be able to pick three teams that you want to do a workout for. While most people know which team they want to go to, some teams are better suited to your position. Choosing these teams increases your chances of winning, and the teams in bold are the best fit for your position.

Point Guard

Trying out for the LA Lakers.
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Detroit Pistons
  • LA Lakers
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Orlando Magic

Shooting Guard

Increasing your fans after a successful shot.
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Toronto Raptors

Small Forward

LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat.
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Miami Heat
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Toronto Raptors

Power Forward

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz.
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Miami Heat
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Utah Jazz

Center

Shooting a perfect three in UTA vs LAC.
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Golden State Warriors
  • LA Clippers
  •  LA Lakers
  • Miami Heat
  • Sacramento Kings

These are the teams that are currently in need of each position. The teams highlighted in bold are perfect fits for that role. However, these are just recommendations for choosing your team and by no means should be followed religiously. The following teams would greatly benefit and increase their chances of winning if you choose their team according to your position.

Summary

Che being interviewed after the Summer League Championship.

To get drafted Solid First Round, you must put in an extreme amount of practice and effort from the beginning. Ensure you perform well and achieve a high teammate grade during scrimmages and Summer League to increase your stock. The Draft Combine is a set of tests and challenges you have to complete to improve your draft assessment. Getting three-stars on the test is optimal to increase your chances of getting drafted for the first round.

You do not always have to shoot the ball. Instead, make smart plays and increase your teammate grade by passing the ball and assisting. Keep on practicing and master your fundamentals before going through the games, so you have a good idea of what to do. Your draft option affects your salary and the amount of VC that you will get each game, so always check your draft placement to see how you are doing. And lastly, picking a team that needs your role will greatly increase your chance of winning.

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