Knowing how to steal a ball is extremely important in NBA 2K21. This can completely be preventing a ball-handler from putting up a shot. Here, we will tell you about the basic knowledge of steal and some tips, methods.
How to Steal the Ball in NBA 2K21?
While controlling a player on your team within range of an opposing player who has the ball, you can press the Square Button on PlayStation 4, X button on Xbox One, or the Y Button on the Nintendo Switch to attempt a steal.
So long as the opposing player doesn’t see the steal coming and juke you, you’ll gain control of the ball and will immediately switch your team into offense.
What is the Best Time to Execute a Robbery at NBA 2K21?
Some moments may be more favorable than others. Therefore it is necessary to maintain control over the ball to be able to run out of time, which leads us to get a forced extension in case of being tied or to prevent our opponent from being ahead, because this leads us to mark a specific moment of the game, avoiding as much as possible that our opponent can see us since the only thing we would achieve in this case would be a failed steal that could result in a score for the opposing team.
NBA 2K21 Steal Tips
There are a few factors that come into play when attempting to steal the ball.
1. Improve Steal Stat
Your steal stat needs to be higher to increase your chances of actually succeeding at grabbing the ball away. As always, this can be done with VC (It’s like 2K MT Coins in MyTeam), which can be bought via microtransactions or earned naturally as you continue to play more games.
2. Seize the Best Time for Steals
Your chances of successfully stealing will also increase if you hit the button at the right time. If you steal too early or late, you could risk getting a personal foul, which will only make things worse for your team overall, so be careful with how you want to intercept the ball.
3. Avoid Opponents from Seeing you Steal the Ball
If your opponent can easily see the move coming, then you might be better off refraining from it. A failed steal can leave your player in a bad position for covering the player with the ball and result in your opponent scoring.
4. Predicting Their Path
The easiest way to increase steal opportunities is to predict the ball handlers’ path and jump their route. You are going to have to make these types of steals happen for yourself. You are taking advantage of the ball handler not looking are they are going and being slow to react when they do see you. All the while, you have to keep in mind where they need to go next. Knowing where the ball handler is and where you need to get to for a steal allows you to pounce when the time comes.
5. Understand Angles
Next up is understanding angles and how far off you can play your matchup while still being in the passing lane. It helps here to remember the court may be a bit small in 2K. If you’re on the perimeter, you want to be aware of any threats to the paint area and the 3pt line at all times and position yourself to defend and intercept both.
6. Defend Fastbreak
Another easy opportunity for steals (especially in The Rec) is defending the Fastbreak. When a guy misses the shot, what does everybody do? Takes off. So if you take off down the middle as well, you can play free safety on any pass launched down the court and will find yourself breaking up and often stealing careless passes.
7. Being Aware Of Immediate Threats
Last, you must be aware of the immediate threats on the court, especially if it’s not your guy. Remember, if you see the threat, the ball handler probably does as well. Position yourself in between the ball handler and the open threat for some easy steals. And while you’re at it, convert those steals into assists.
Hopefully, this cleared up how to steal the ball in NBA 2K21. Also, read the situations you find yourself in and use the move accordingly can maximize your chances for success. You can carry it out in NBA 2K21!