NBA 2K20's New Ball Handling Tools Are Looking To Break Some Ankles

NBA 2K20's New Ball Handling Tools Are Looking To Break Some Ankles

Dribble like the pros.

The new year of 2K is coming soon, and with it comes some changes to ball-handling and maneuvering on the court. There's a lot to go over in a new info dump revealed today, but one clear takeaway is that you're going to have a lot of ways to break some ankles in NBA 2K20.

In a gameplay blog shared on Reddit, the 2K gameplay team broke down some of the changes coming to the nitty gritty of ball handling in 2K20. The motion engine introduced in 2K18 is being further iterated upon, with better foot planting and a greater sense of weight. You'll also gradually tire if you keep sprinting too, so you might not want to hold that sprint trigger down all the time.

The real granular stuff comes in the form of ball handling. Players will have more contextual awareness, and you'll be able to use several different dribble styles and variations in order to personalize how you play the ball. The way LeBron James handles the ball down the court is going to be different than Magic Johnson or Tim Hardaway, so NBA 2K20 is trying to reflect that. There are 27 different styles, and all of them will also be accessible in MyCareer for your own player.

Even more is coming for the defense, with a "Read & React Defense" system indicating where a ball handler is leaning or intending to move. There are also new bonuses to off-ball moves, playing the rim, a tune-up of the AI defense. The 2K blog goes into exhaustive detail on all the changes, so if you're a 2K fan looking for a long read to get through your Monday, it's worth checking out.

NBA 2K20 has signed on its cover stars in Anthony Davis and Dwayne Wade. They're big gets, but that makes sense when the NBA deal to keep producing the 2K series came in at a reported $1.1 billion. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts' NBA series is pushing back its next entry, seeking a "different approach" to compete with 2K. In the war for basketball's favor, it still seems like 2K is in the lead. We'll see what it does with it on September 6.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

Read this next

A Devolver Co-Founder Makes A Plea For Publishers To Rethink Predatory Microtransactions

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.

NBA 2K20 Review

NBA 2K20's excellence in some areas is marred by an uneven story mode and some major online problems.

#FixNBA2K20 Hashtag Trends as NBA 2K20 Players Express Grievances

2K players don't seem too happy with this year's installment.

NBA 2K20 MyCareer Tips, How to Get Drafted, Story Mode Guide

MyCareer has gone through quite a few changes in NBA 2K20. Here’s a full guide for NBA 2K20 MyCareer Mode.

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

Why the Sega Dreamcast still resonates with game enthusiasts on its 20th anniversary.

NBA 2K20 Team Takeover: Takeover Meter Explained

Managing your Takeover Meter in NBA 2K20 can mean the difference between winning and losing. Here’s how the Takeover Meter works.

How to Get to The Neighbourhood/Park in NBA 2K20

The Neighbourhood is back for NBA 2K20. Here’s how to unlock it.

More News

Half-Life: Alyx is VR Exclusive, But You Don't Need Valve's Headset to Play It

Valve's return to Half-Life won't be Index exclusive.

More on Google Stadia

No, Stadia Users Won't Lose Access to Games Purchased With a Stadia Pro Discount

Destiny 2 and other free Pro games are tied to your subscription—purchases are not.

Amazon Will Reportedly Announce a Cloud Gaming Service Next Year

Google, Sony, Microsoft, and soon, Amazon.

Borderlands 3: How to Respec Your Character

If you’ve decided you want to respec your character in Borderlands 3, it’s easy to do so. Here’s how.

Borderlands 3 Coopetition Vs Cooperation - Which Should You Pick?

One of the first choices you’ll get in Borderlands 3 is whether to play Cooperation or Coopetition mode. Here’s which you should pick.

How to Use Action Skills in Borderlands 3

Action Skills are powerful moves in Borderlands 3. Here’s how to use them.

Destiny 2's Vex Offensive is Wrapping Up, But the Finale's Underwhelming

The Undying Mind's return left a little to be desired.

More Sports Games

The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees

And Smash Bros. gets some belated acknowledgement.

Project xCloud’s Preview Selection Makes Stadia’s Launch Lineup Look Tiny

Dozens of games are coming for testers of Microsoft's game streaming service.

Bart Simpson and Godzilla Were Almost in NBA Jam

Or at least, toy-like facsimiles.