Getting A Perfect Teammate Grade
Climbing the ladder of success on the pathway to NBA stardom demands you perform on game day. One would think, right? However, performing in the gym and only the gym won’t get the job done, and you’ll need many an A+ rating to get through games and boost up the rankings as quickly as possible.
The main goal here is to not try and dominate in the early days. I know how difficult that can be with wanting to always be involved, but forcing shots, demanding passes and setting bad screens will lead to a poor teammate grade. You certainly don’t want to create a turnover, which can really hurt your grade. The lower your rating, the lower your VC earnings, and the harder it is for you to climb.
First tip: only take open shots. Trying to shoot through traffic or forcing shots over defenders will hurt your standing with your teammates, unless of course you have the stats to make and take these type of shots. Hit the gym often and practice shots wherever your player’s sweet spot is. If your guy isn’t a jump shooter, don’t force it, because you don’t want multiple “bad shot selection” penalties.
You can get into space easily by calling for a screen, or faking and then driving into space for the open shot.
If your team has a strong shooter, utilise them as often as possible, as assists — even pass to assist — can earn incredible amounts of VC. Learn about your teammates, and remember how to best utilise them. Try to memorise their hot and cold spots on the court, and hit them up when you know they’ll take the shot.
Don’t force the dribble or “over” dribble, because the AI will punish you and you’ll turn the ball over, which is essentially the worst sort of teammate grade penalty you can get. Forcing the dribble, taking bad shots or making bad passes will lead to your teammates trusting you less, which may lead to them refusing to pass you the ball.
If you do cause a turnover, get back onto defense as quickly as possible: while you’ll lose teammate grade for losing possession, you can make some (but not all) of it back by filling the lane and contesting any fastbreak shot. You want to avoid the double penalty at all costs: Turnover, and then Score off Turnover.
Screens are also a fantastic way to boost teammate rating. Press B/Square to set a screen, but make sure your player’s feet are planted and not moving when the opposition player crashes into them. If you’re moving when this happens, it’s an offensive foul. If your team scores off a screen you’ve set, you’ll get a teammate boost for a good screen and a “screen assist”.
Tips To Get You Started
- Don’t force your shots
- Don’t over-dribble
- Get into space
- Move off the ball
- Keep moving!
- Set screens
- Don’t force passes through traffic
- Pass the ball around and get good ball movement going
- Utilise space
Much like those in the NBA 2K series before it, NBA 2K18 is an “easy to play, hard to master” beast. It can be a brutal mistress, especially considering the fast nature of the experience.
Good defense is key to a good teammate grade. So long as you defend well you won’t get a penalty: you may ever get a grade boost for good defense and shot contention. So long as you don’t give your direct opponent on open jumper or lane to the basket, you should be okay.
You should also learn how to utilise lock-on defense, but don’t over-do it. This allows you to “stick” to the defender, but it leaves you vulnerable to ankle breakers and quick drives to the basket. Keep a good distance, but not too far, just close enough to be able to both contest the ball and move into space should the player drive to the basket. You don’t need to jump when they take a shot: if you’re close enough when locked-on, your player will automatically content the shot. Jumping may cause a foul, which will land you a penalty. If you foul while defending well, generally there’s no punishment or reward either way.
Stay ring-side of your opponent so as to be between them and the key. A block, steal, or defensive lockdown is a fantastic way to boost teammate grade: it’s not all about scoring points!
Tips To Get You Started
- Stay awake and wary of screens from the opposition: be sure to get around them and stick to your player.
- The AI will always want to create mismatches on the court, so step back from a screen and stick to your direct opponent as much as possible.
- Don’t force steals. If the opportunity is there, try once and that’s it: spamming the steal button will just lead to a reach-in foul and teammate penalty.
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