Builds

The builds for 2k19 are still a work in progress. The game just came out so the meta is still being defined. Here are the builds that look strong to us so far. Just because a build isn’t on this list, it does not mean its a good build. More builds will be added later, and some could even be taken off so please be sure to do your research! Most builds can be viable but it is important to find one that fits your play style. Have a build that you think should be on this list? Message us on Twitter and let us know.

 

 

Guards

Primary Ball Handler / Secondary Sharpshooter>

Playstyle

This is a pass first build that can still shoot at an effective rate to run the point guard position in a 4 or 5 out ProAm offense. This build is quick with the ball and capable of beating his man off the dribble. Favor layups over dunks as you will get blocked less but do not expect to hit contested layups consistently. This build is also great for park, especially in threes. We chose a SG because we like the badges more than a PG, but the attributes are still very similar.

Build details

Position SG
Archetype Sharpshooting Playmaker
Height 6’5
Weight 205
Wingspan Min

Pros

  • Fast with and without the ball
  • + shooter when open
  • Gold Dimer
  • Tier 3 Dribbles after 1 cap breaker
  • Cons

  • Weaker Defensively
  • Cannot Finish in traffic well
  • More of a stand still shooter
  • Who to Watch

    Vandy is the guy to watch for this build. He is the point guard for Team Caution and is a 2KLeague Season 2 top prospect at PG. He streams on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Shot Creator / Secondary Ball Handler >

    Playstyle

    This is probably the best all around Guard build this year. It can do a little of everything. It could be better than the sharpshooting playmaker. The other build has a little more catch and shoot ability while this build can finish better/shoot moving shots. PG for more playmaking and SG for more offense. Personal preference

    Build details

    Position PG
    Archetype Playmaking Shot Creator
    Height 6’4
    Weight Min
    Wingspan Between Min and Default

    Pros

  • Fast with and without the ball
  • Creates Offense better than any other build
  • Gold Dimer
  • Versatile
  • Cons

  • Weaker Defensively
  • Not as great in catch and shoot
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    Primary Shot Creator / Secondary Finisher>

    Playstyle

    This is probably more of a Park build, but it is great if you want a guard that can finish a little better than the other two guards. It can speedboost and get contact dunks (although it takes a high overall I believe), but it can reach those attributes while heating up. Still very versatile with mid 70s shooting. Go PG if you want silver dimer and SG if you want silver shooting badges.

    Build details

    Position PG
    Archetype Slashing Shot Creator
    Height 6’4
    Weight Default
    Wingspan Short enough to get 86 Ball Control

    Pros

  • Fast with and without the ball
  • Very strong and crafty finisher
  • Can shoot when open
  • Cons

  • Weaker Defensively
  • Less Playmaking ability than other guards
  • Can be inconsistent shooting
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    Wings

    Primary Defender / Secondary Sharpshooter >

    Playstyle

    With 2k19s improved defense, lockdowns become much more important again, especially in team pro am. The sharpshooting gives it a way to space the floor at a consistent level.

    Build details

    Position SG
    Archetype Sharpshooting Defender
    Height 6’6
    Weight 200
    Wingspan Max

    Pros

  • Lockdown Defense
  • Great length to force turnovers in passing lanes
  • 88 steal and gold pickpocket
  • Can hit open shots
  • Bruiser to drain PG stamina
  • Can keep up with any PG
  • Can guard players taller than him
  • Cons

  • Limited on Offense
  • No Ball Handling
  • Can be inconsistent shooting
  • Weaker finishing
  • Who to Watch

    If you want to learn how to play defense, check out Wolf on Twitch here He is the Small Forward for No Smoke and is a top player in the 2KLeague for Pacers Gaming. He’s also known as one of ,if not the best on ball defender in the game. You can also follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Shot Creator / Secondary Sharpshooter >

    Playstyle

    Probably the most well rounded wing build. It is an offensive machine. It can stretch the floor, finish around the rim, and has decent handles. SlayIsland says its a “Very well rounded wing scorer that can do a little bit of everything, but isn’t necessarily great at anything.”

    Build details

    Position SF
    Archetype Sharpshooting Shot Creator
    Height 6’7
    Weight 182
    Wingspan Slightly less than default

    Pros

  • Gold Shooting Badges
  • Above Average Finishing
  • Can hit moving shots/post fades
  • Semi Athletic
  • Cons

  • Weaker on Defense
  • Only decent at ball handling
  • Who to Watch

    Slay has been using this build since the start of 2k19. He is the Power Forward for Island Gang and is a 2KLeague hopeful. He streams on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Sharpshooter / Secondary Sharpshooter >

    Playstyle

    Every year we hear shooting is going to be harder and Pure sharps are dead. Once again that is not the case. Pure sharps work in any lineup and they provide the best spacing of any archetype. They are fairly one dimensional but they are elite at their main skill.

    Build details

    Position SG
    Archetype Pure Sharpshooter
    Height 6’8
    Weight Min
    Wingspan Slightly less than default

    Pros

  • HoF Shooting Badges
  • Can hit 100% of open shots if timed correctly
  • Best Spacing Archetype
  • Fits into any lineup
  • Cons

  • Worst Defender
  • One Dimensional
  • Lower Ball Handling
  • Who to Watch

    ToXsiK has been a pure sharp for the past few years. He’s well known in the park, pro am, and 2KLeague community. He is the leader of iBall and was a pure sharpshooter for Cavs Legion in the first 2KLeague season. If you want to learn about off ball movement and shot selection then check him out on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Shot Creator / Secondary Finisher >

    Playstyle

    Very similar to the sharpshooting shot creator it just had better finishing ability rather than shooting. It is still a threat to shoot, but its driving ability is great. We like this over a slasher primary because of the threat to shoot.

    Build details

    Position SF
    Archetype Slashing Shot Creator
    Height 6’9
    Weight 240
    Wingspan 90’3

    Pros

  • Gold Finishing Badges
  • Silver Shooting Badges
  • Athletic for a wing
  • Can guard guards
  • Cons

  • Weaker on Defense against bigger players
  • Inconsistent Shooting at times
  • Needs the right team composition
  • Who to Watch

    BooPainter aka Shump is probably the most well know Slashing Shot Creator. He is the Power Forward for Make It Happen and was the leading scorer for the innagural 2KLeague (with this build). He streams on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Bigs

    Big thing to look for when making a big. Height vs Athleticism. Every year in 2k height has always been king for bigs. This year looks like it could be a little more balanced. Its still early in the game so we mostly are going for in between. The Max centers are very slow this year, but height is always nice to have. The meta could change on this one.

     

     

    Primary Rebounder / Secondary Rebounder>

    Playstyle

    This build is more for Pro am and 2s in Park. Its more of a role build rather than a 1st option. Rebounding is very important in 2k and this build is the best at it. Creating/preventing extra possessions is what leads to games. Use this build if you want to rebound/play a little D, but are ok with mostly setting screens and scoring on cuts/putbacks.

    Build details

    Position C
    Archetype Pure Glass Cleaner
    Height 7’1
    Weight Max
    Wingspan Max

    Pros

  • Best Rebounder in the game
  • Strong in the Post with 99 strength and silver Rim Protector
  • Great screener
  • Cons

  • Cannot create offense well
  • Struggle guarding post scorers
  • No spacing
  • Who to Watch

    Rondo has been dominating the boards for Island Gang and is 2Kleague hopeful. He plays on Slay’s team and in Slay’s stream on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Sharpshooter / Secondary Sharpshooter>

    Playstyle

    Just like the Pure Sharp, this build is one dimensional but great at what it does. Can be useful in park and pro am with the right teammates as spacing is always valuable.
    If takeover is activated they just do not miss.

    Build details

    Position PF
    Archetype Pure Stretch 4
    Height 6’11
    Weight Min
    Wingspan Slightly below default

    Pros

  • Lights out Shooting
  • Provides spacing for teammates
  • Pick and Pop is strong
  • Cons

  • One dimensional
  • Not good at finishing or rebounding
  • Weaker on defense
  • Primary Finisher/ Secondary Rebounder>

    Playstyle

    This is more of a brute force offensive big build. It can finish down low and rebound very well. It has some of the best badges of any Big build. Use this build in pick and roll.

    Build details

    Position C
    Archetype Rebounding Athletic
    Height 7’1
    Weight 275
    Wingspan Max

    Pros

  • Strong rebounder
  • Very strong finisher
  • Great screener
  • Cons

  • Lack of post moves
  • Not much spacing
  • Who to Watch

    PeteBeBallin is making a name for himself as one of the best big men in the pro am scene. He is the Center for Self Taught and is a 2Kleague top Center prospect. He streams on Twitch here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

     

     

    Primary Post Scorer/ Secondary Shot Creator>

    Playstyle

    2k has buffed post scorers this year. And a nerf could be coming at some point. If you like to get craft down low, then the post scorer big is the build for you. This is a more advanced build. It can shoot, fade, and bully down low.

    Build details

    Position C
    Archetype Shot Creating Post Scorer
    Height 7’3
    Weight Max
    Wingspan Max

    Pros

  • Decent spacing
  • Post moves are strong
  • Post fades are overpowered
  • Silver Dimer
  • Great Offensive Badges
  • Cons

  • Not great defense
  • Very slow
  • Rebounding is ok
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    Primary Defender/ Secondary Rebounder>

    Playstyle

    If you want an all around role player big that can play defense, rebound, and do the dirty work for your team, then this build is a perfect fit.

    Build details

    Position C
    Archetype Rebounding Defender
    Height 7’3
    Weight Max
    Wingspan Max

    Pros

  • HoF Defensive badges
  • Good rebounding
  • Shuts down opponents bigs
  • Cons

  • Weak offensively
  • No spacing
  • Can only score on open cuts
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    Builds We Avoid

    • Slashing Primaries. Not enough spacing for our liking. Can still work.
    • Stretch 5s. Stretch 4s are better
    • Any build under 6’3

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