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.
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 BadgesHall 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 BadgesGrand 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.
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.
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.
High Work Ethic – Works harder than typical NBA player.
Keep It Real – Responds best to a tough love.
Laid Back – A quiet player that generally keeps to himself.
Legendary Work Ethic – First one to the gym, last one to leave and the hardest worker at all times.
Low Ego – Values team success above all things.
• For 15 consecutive games, have just a little more field goal attempts than the assists (less than 2:1).
Microwave – Only needs a limited amount of made shots to get hot.
• Have 2 red rings in your player indicator by getting hot for 10 consecutive games.
Pat My Back – Responds great when patted on the back.
Reserved – A pretty quiet player who ususally keeps to himself.
Spark Plug – Come off the bench making big plays which can energize his teammates.
• Come of the bench scoring at least 7 points for 6 consecutive games.
Unpredictable – Can be erratic in behavior.
Wildcard – A wildly inconsistent player.
Ankle Breaker – Can cause the opponent defender to stumble / fall with the dribble moves.
• Get 200 "Double Move" leading to score. You must dish it to one of your teammates. Self made buckets do not count.
Break Starter – Starts fast breaks with great and accurate outlet passes.
• Make 50 outlet passes leading to score after grabbing the defensive rebound.
Dimer – An elite passer who hits the teammates in a correct position to score.
• Get 300 assists in a single season.
Flashy Passer – Player who throws on-point flashy passes to the receivers.
• Perform a total of 50 flashy passes in a single season.
Lob City Passer – Completes the alley-oop passes at a very high rate.
• Throw a total of 100 alley-oops in a single season.
Pick & Roll Maestro – Player who throws accurate passes & hits the shots off screens at a very high percentage while orchestrating teh pick & roll.
• Use pick and roll to call for a total of 150 screens in a single season.
Charge Card – Adept at placing himself in a position to win the charge calls.
• Draw at least 7 offensive fouls in a single season.
Chase Down Artist – Terrific transition shot blocker.
• Block 25 shots in transition. Required attributes are still unknown so far.
Defensive Stopper –While playing the on-ball defense, this particular badge drops different offensive skills of the similarly positioned match-ups.
• Defend your man with your defense meter being green, get good shot contests and good transition defense and stop fast breaks.
Pick Dodger – A slithery player who can easily get around the screens.
• Fight through picks without using turbo. It is still unknown how many times you need to do this.
Pick Pocket – Known for the ability to strip a ball from the ball-handler.
• Poke a ball from other players a total of 50 times.
Rim Protector – An elite shot-blocker player who intimidates players around the rim and causes interior shots to be least effective.
• Block 80 shots in a single season.
Hustle Rebounder – An elite rebounder player who is known for chasing the rebounds out of the area.
• Get a total of 300 rebounds in a single.
Acrobat – Player can change the shot in air and attempt the difficult shots with some consequences.
• Perform a total of 20 double clutch layups (change your shot mid-air) in a single season. Reverse layups and Eurosteps do count.
Dream-like Up and Under – Excels at scoring in a post with up and under moves.
• Attempt a total of 50 up & under shots out of a post in a single season.
Drop Stepper – Has an ability to use drop step move for his advantage in a post.
• Attempt a total if 30 drop step moves in a single season.
Pick & Roller – Excels as roller in a pick and roll game.
• Score as roller a total of 100 times.
Post Spin Technician – Dominates a post with spin and drive moves.
• Perform a total of 100 post spin and drive moves in a single season.
Putback King – Known for an ability to score the baskets immediately of an offensive rebounds close to the hoop.
• Score 50 times after getting the offensive rebound.
Relentless Finisher – Takes the physical punishment on the contact shots near the rim without critically impacting his energy.
• Perform a total of 75 contact layups in a single season.
Tear Dropper – Excels at making the floaters and runners.
• Perform a total of 50 tear drops or floaters in a single season.
Corner Specialist – Known for an ability to knock down the 3 pointers from a corner.
• Hit a total of 25 threes from the corner.
Deep-range Deadeye – Knocks down the shots from a deep range at a high percentage.
• Hit a total of 100 highly contested deep range shots.
Difficult Shots – Known for the making tough shots off a dribble.
• Hit a total of 150 contested hop shots, dribble pull ups, step backs and leaners combined.
Limitless Range – Can knock down the very deep threes better than others.
• Hit a total of 50 threes from beyond a line.
Mid-range Deadeye – Knocks down the shots from a medium-range at a high percentage.
• Hit a total of 200 highly contested medium-range shots.
Pick and Popper – Excels as the pick and pop receiver.
• Hit a total of 200 shots as a popper.
Tireless Scorer – A player who can spend good deal of the energy without losing any effectiveness while attempting to score.
• Attempt a total of 200 shots while you are exhausted
Brick Wall – Sets the extremely effective screens.
• Set a total of 100 screens in a single season.
Bruiser – The physical nature of player drains energy from the match-up.
• Set 200 screens in a single season.
Lob City Finisher – Finishes the alley-oops at high rate.
• Finish a total of 15 alley-oops in a single season.
One Man Fast Break – Excels at taking a ball coast to coast on the fast break.
• Score a total of 75 fastbreaks in a single season.
Posterizer – Succeed at dunking on the opposing defenders more often than most.
• Attempt a total of 5 contact dunks in a single season.