This NBA 2K17 guide was written to provide you details on how to unlock every badge for your MyPlayer in MyCareer mode. This is a work in constant progress so please feel free to post comments and corrections as you find them.

Badge Tiers

This year skill badges are divided into 5 tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Hall of Fame and Grand Badges. You'll earn the bronze tier after you unlock the badge, which then can be upgraded to silver and gold using VC. Personality badges only have 1 tier and cannot be upgraded.

Hall of Fame Badges

Hall of Fame Badges are an upgraded and better version of the Gold Badges. You cannot upgrade Gold badges to Hall of Fame badges using VC. You have to meet certain requirements to earn them. To unlock HoF badges, you must upgrade the badge to Gold and do the same thing you did to unlock the badge, but 4x the amount. (For example, to unlock 'Catch & Shoot' badge you need 100 shot attempts after catching the ball. To get the Hall of Game version you need at least 400.)

Grand Badges

Grand Badges are an upgrade to the Hall of Fame versions. It's a badge you unlock once you master your specific Archetype skill sets. This is a temporary badge that activates if you do a specific action in a game. You fill up your meter by getting assists if you're a Playmaker or by making shots if you're a Sharpshooter etc. Once you fully fill the meter, you will get a temporary attribute boost.


Badge Description Requirement
Brick Wall Sets the extremely effective screens Set 100 screens in a season
Bruiser The physical nature of player drains energy from the match-up Set 200 screens in a season
Lob City Finisher Finishes the alley-oops at high rate Finish 15 alley-oops in a season
One Man Fast Break Excels at taking a ball coast to coast on the fast break Score on fastbreak 75 times in a season
Posterizer Succeed at dunking on the opposing defenders more often than most Attempt 15 contact dunks in a season
Tireless Scorer A player who can spend good deal of the energy without losing any effectiveness while attempting to score Attempt 400 shots while moving. Watch the difficult shots video.

Defensive Badges

Badge Description Requirement
Charge Card Adept at placing himself in a position to win the charge calls Draw 7 charges in a season
Chase Down Artist Terrific transition shot blocker Get chasedown blocks from behind
Defensive Stopper While playing the on-ball defense, this particular badge drops different offensive skills of the similarly positioned match-ups Get 150 good shot contests and 50 good transitions
Hustle Rebounder An elite rebounder player who is known for chasing the rebounds out of the area Get 500 rebounds total and 100 offensive rebounds
Pick Pocket Known for the ability to strip a ball from the ball-handler Get 50 "poke ball loose" animations
Pick Dodger A slithery player who can easily get around the screens Fight through picks without using turbo
Rim Protector An elite shot-blocker player who intimidates players around the rim and causes interior shots to be least effective Get 80 blocks

Inside Scoring

Badge Requirement
Acrobat Player can change the shot in air and attempt the difficult shots with some consequences Attempt a variety of layups
Dreamlike Up and Under Excels at scoring in a post with up and under moves Attempt 50 Up and Under moves in the post
Drop Stepper Has an ability to use drop step move for his advantage in a post Attempt 30 drop steps
Pick and Roller Excels as roller in a pick and roll game Score as the Pick & Roll man 100-200 times
Post Spin Technician Dominates a post with spin and drive moves Perform 100 post spin or drive moves out of the post in a season
Putback King Known for an ability to score the baskets immediately of an offensive rebounds close to the hoop Get 50 offensive rebounds and score afterwards
Relentless Finisher Takes the physical punishment on the contact shots near the rim without critically impacting his energy Finish 75 contact layups in a season
Tear Dropper Excels at making the floaters and runners Get 50 runners or floaters in a season

Outside Scoring

Badge Description Requirement
Catch & Shoot Knocks down the shots coming from a pass at a high percentage Attempt 100 Catch & Shoot Jumpshots
Corner Specialist Known for an ability to knock down the 3 pointers from a corner Hit 30 corner three pointers
Deep Range Deadeye Knocks down the shots from a deep range at a high percentage Hit 60 highly contested three pointers or deep range twos(defender needs to be all over you)
Difficult Shots Known for the making tough shots off a dribble Hit 150 moving shots. Watch this video to see how to do it properly
Limitless Range Can knock down the very deep threes better than others Hit 40 deep three pointers and shoot ?% on the last 30 three pointers attempted
Mid Range Deadeye Knocks down the shots from a medium-range at a high percentage Hit 150 highly contested mid range shots (defender needs to be all over you)
Pick and Popper Excels as the pick and pop receiver Score as the Pick & Pop man 200 times


Badge Description Requirements
Ankle Breaker Can cause the opponent defender to stumble / fall with the dribble moves Get "Double move leading to score" 200 times in a season
Break Starter Starts fast breaks with great and accurate outlet passes Get 50 defensive rebounds and pass into the fast break
Dimer An elite passer who hits the teammates in a correct position to score Get 300 assists in 25 consecutive games
Flashy Passer Player who throws on-point flashy passes to the receivers Perform 50 flashy passes in a season
Lob City Passer Completes the alley-oop passes at a very high rate Pass to 100 alley-oops in one season
Pick and Roll Maestro Player who throws accurate passes & hits the shots off screens at a very high percentage while orchestrating teh pick & roll Call for 150 screens


Badge Description Requirement
Alpha Dog Team leader, inspires the teammates Your player needs to be the highest rated player in 20 consecutive games
All Time Great Strives to be known as an all-time great Have considerably more field goal attempts than assists (from 4:1 to 8:1, depending on position) in 15 consecutive games
Championship DNA Can quickly see where double teams are coming from. Steps up his game in playoff moments Win your first NBA Championship
Clutch Performer Steps his game up in big games and big moments Your field goal percentage must be 40% or higher in the final minutes of a game
Defensive Anchor Defensive leader, helps the teammates perform better defensively Get Defender up to level 18 and play 30+ games
Enforcer Can wreak havoc on the floor with tough and physical play Pick up 10 hard-hitting yet non-flagrant fouls in a single season
Expressive No problem expressing the feelings Celebrate (RS) every time you perform a highlight play
Floor General An offensive leader, helps the teammates play better on offense Get Play-maker discipline to level 18, get at least 5 assists for 30 games in a season
Friendly A typically well-liked and outgoing player These are earned through your responses in scenes. The more positive/excited answers will lead to the Friendly badge.
Hardened Play through fatigue and injury without experiencing severe drop in the skill Requires you to have 90 durability and stamina. Achieve 80% average in playtime in 20 consecutive games. Stamina and Durability attributes must be as follows: PG, SG, SF: Stamina & Durability 90, PF, C: Stamina 85, Durability 90
High Work Ethic Works harder than typical NBA player Use the gym and train frequently
Keep It Real Responds best to a tough love This is earned based on your performance in the next 5 games after being given a motivational-type speech in a scene by either his teammate or the assistant coach. Worse stats lead to the Keep It Real badge
Laid Back A quiet player that generally keeps to himself Choose the mellow/humble response to questions during cut scenes
Legendary Work Ethic First one to the gym, last one to leave and the hardest worker at all times. This is earned by agreeing to shoot around extra before the game with either your teammate or the assistant coach in the scene where they ask you to do so
Low Ego Values team success above all things In your last 15 played games (you must play at least 15), divide your field goal attempts by your assists. If the ratio of FGA to Assists is lower than this, you’ll earn Low Ego. It is possible to lose this badge in favor of All-Time Great. FGA to Assist ratio PG: 2:1, SG: 2.5:1, SF: 3:1, PF: 6:1 FGA, C: 6:1
Microwave Only needs a limited amount of made shots to get hot Have 2 red rings in your player indicator by getting hot for 5 consecutive games
Pat My Back Responds great when patted on the back This is earned based on your performance in the next 5 games after being given a motivational-type speech in a scene by either his teammate or the assistant coach. Improved stats lead to the Pat My Back badge
Reserved A pretty quiet player who ususally keeps to himself Choose the most unsupportive answers during cut scenes
Spark Plug A pretty quiet player who ususally keeps to himself Come of the bench scoring at least 7 points for 6 consecutive games
Unpredictable Can be erratic in behavior This is earned if you get either the Laid Back or Expressive badge first, and then you start shifting your answers in scenes enough towards the other end of the spectrum.
Wildcard A wildly inconsistent player Be inconsistent with your player stats in MyCareer