NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide – Sprinting, Shot Meter, Attacking, Defending

NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide

In this NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide, we will share some tips and tricks with you on how to start your game in NBA 2K19. NBA 2K19 is the latest title in the franchise and it comes with major improvements in nearly all aspects of the game. The game is due to launch soon but a free Prelude version of the game is already out. It is a great way to get your hands straight at different mechanics of the game.

Our NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide will ensure that you are at the top of your game when the game finally comes out. We will share some important tips and tricks that will surely help you if you starting the game for the first time. Even if you are already familiar with the game and how it works, our NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide will surely help you even further.

Beginner’s Guide – NBA 2K19

Our NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide, details some important tips and tricks for all new players who are planning to pick the game for the first time. You can download the prelude right now and start using these handy tips to improve your game.

Use Sprint Strategically

Sprinting is an important element in NBA 2K19 but using it correctly is even more important. Holding down the sprint button all the time is a bad idea and it will make you lose the ball easily as you will not be able to turn around quickly and perform some advanced moves. You can sprint in the game by holding down the right trigger.

Instead of just holding down the button all the time, you must use it in taps to quickly move ahead after turns or other important dodge moves. After performing a move, the character is slow to recover but if you tap sprint, the player will quickly get back in the flow. This is a great tactic and is very helpful in getting ahead in certain situations.

New Shot Meter

A new Shot Meter has been introduced in NBA 2K19. If you are a new player then it will not bother you but if you are a returning player of the franchise, then you must know that the Shot Meter is now located next to the player.

It is a vertical bar now but it works in the same manner. For the best shot, simply release the button when the bar is full. You can adjust your shots by using the Shot Meter to car to different situations easily. It is now much more easily visible as compared to the older titles.

Pick the Right Camera View

Although the game starts with a default view from the side of the court, you can choose to change this for a more preferable view. Not all of the players are good while playing the game from the side. You can pick from a number of different camera angles by starting the game, pausing it and then going to the ‘Camera’ tab.

From here, you can try out the different camera views that the game offers. Choose different camera views and try playing the game again. There is no limitation so you can pick anyone you want and practice with each. Once you have found the right camera view, choose it and play the game.

Attacking Tips

You can try out some advanced trips and tricks as well such perform a pick and roll which is a great move to pass the ball to your teammates. You can perform this move by pressing the left bumper and move the player towards the player under your control. This is a great offense move and you must practice to master this move as it helps in keeping the ball secure under tight situations.

You can pass the ball around easily to any player by aiming your throw by using the left analog stick. It is wise to keep close to other team players and not be surrounded by enemy players while you are on the offense. Keep passing the ball between players who have some open space to make some advancement towards the hoop.

For more guides on Offense, check out our NBA 2K19 Offense Controls Guide.

Defending Tips

If you want to change the player while you are playing defense, you can simply press the A button on Xbox or X button on PlayStation to quickly switch to the player who is closest to the ball. This is again a very helpful feature and one that you should be aware of. Always make this a habit to use this shortcut to choose the player nearest to the ball so you can tackle the opposition in time.

On defense, you should always be aware about the player whom you need to defend. This is made very easy in NBA 2K19 as there will a blue arrow pointing towards the players who has the ball and you should be defending. This feature is very helpful as sometimes you might lose sight of the player with ball among all the activity going on the screen.

You can also raise your hands up to block a player who is trying to score by holding down the left trigger. This will allow you to block the player or his shot while he is in the paint. This is yet another important move that you need to know.

For more guides on Defense, check out our NBA 2K19 Defense Controls Guide.

This concludes our NBA 2K19 Beginner’s Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below.

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