Blocks, Charges, Steals, Heavy Contests, Bumps, Cutoffs, they gave us all of the tools again on defense finally. This is the most fun i’ve had playing defense since 2K19. Don’t believe the narrative that next-gen is all contact dunks and fading 3’s. Speaking only for My Team gameplay, contact dunks are rare once you have the right badges and your guys are in good position. I do agree that fading 3’s are a little OP and could use a nerf though.
Anyway, this is the squad i’ve been running with in Unlimited lately and it gives my opponents HEADACHES lol.
Complete lockdown squad with world class defenders at every position. Let me tell you about my good friend Bobby. Bobby is like a starved Pitbull waiting to be unleashed. He locks his big manly jaw onto his matchup and doesn’t let go until they cry to mommy. It’s come to the point where I salivate when i see Magic Johnson in my opponents lineup because I know Bobby is gonna send him to the GULAG. Hands down he’s my favorite card in the game right now. Should be on everyone’s lineup to be honest.
The combo of Kidd, Butler and Bobby just shuts down the perimeter. They all can switch matchups if necessary and they all have crazy high defensive tendencies. Giannis is just Giannis and will always be a nightmare on defense. Wilt is a freak of nature. And Walt leads my bench by shutting down the other ballhandler.
I’d love to get Opal Gary Payton but i’m not close to him right now, so Kidd will have to do for the moment. But he’s holding his own so far. Getting a lot of early quits running this lineup because the defensive pressure is just too much lol.
The thing that’s so good about next-gen is that you can play good fundamentally sound defense and keep everything in front of you. Baiting is still good but it’s not absolutely necessary now, and you can really lock up the ballhandler if you choose to on-ball. Getting around picks is better, bumping ballhandlers is better, forcing misses in the paint is better, charges are useful. The only thing i wish they did was made ball pickups more frequent when you hit someone with Gold/HOF Clamps.
Not to ramble but long story short, 2K21 Next Gen defense is really good IMO