NBA 2K22 has now officially landed on Xbox Series X and PlayStation. It’s a shame we didn’t get a Prelude this year to jump in early and get a head-start on our MyPlayer builds, nonetheless we now have the game and we can get started on building our NBA superstars. In this guide, we’ll take a look at creating a LeBron James build in NBA 2K22.
LeBron James has always proven to be a very difficult build, and NBA 2K22 is certainly no different, especially with how the attribute and build components have changed this year. There’s now a far tougher and tighter split of attribute points, and greater overall weighting on specific attributes relative to related attributes elsewhere in the build (ie. you can’t have a high perimeter defense rating and not have automatic distribution of points to the Steal attribute).
This change makes things tougher, because you may focus on certain attributes and then notice other attributes increasing or decreasing automatically as a consequence. This has led to a lot of trial and error: it took me 30 (yes, THIRTY) different tries to finally land on a Lebron James build in NBA 2K22.
Let’s break it down and go through each step.
For our MyPlayer build vitals, we want the following our player to obviously be a Small Forward.
Height, Weight, Wingspan and Body Shape all have an impact here as they can change the distribution of attribute points.
- Height: 6″9
- Weight: 250 lbs
- Wingspan: 6″11
- Body Shape: Build
Now let’s take a look at attribute point spend.
This took quite some time to perfect, as you’ll realise that adjusting certain attributes forces auto-spend of points in other areas.
I tried a number of different Takeovers, as I was targeting a Slashing Playmaker. However in doing that I kept landing on different player builds, so I had to do a more refined assessment of LeBron’s play in 2021. What I found was that the team performed better when he was on the court (obviously), and his range had improved. So I went with Team Ratings Boost, and Limitless Range.
And with that, we have our NBA 2K22 LeBron James build, ready for MyCareer!