NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Guide

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NBA 2K13's newest feature, Signature Skills, ranks certain players with particular skills based on their real-life output. Some players are big dunkers, while others are floor generals, while some defend the paint like their lives depend on it. These skills are carried over into NBA 2K13 to help offer the most realistic "simulation" experience possible.

Here's a full summary of each skill set.

Posterizer

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Posterizer

What Happens

A "Posterizer" is a player that will look to dunk on defenders when in traffic. This skill only activates when a defender is within the vacinity of the driving player.

 

Requires

Stamina must be above 80.

Effect

Once the dunk is completed, teammates will be given a temporary energy boost.

Example Players

Blake Griffin, Josh Smith

 

Highlight Film

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Highlight Film

What Happens

Players with this skill will always attempt the most explosive, spectacular dunk in their dunking repertoire.

 

Requires

Stamina must be above 80.

Effect

Once the dunk is completed, teammates will be given a temporary energy boost.

Example Players

JaVale McGee, Gerald Green

 

Finisher

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Finisher

What Happens

Players are more likely to finish contact layups and dunks are a higher rate than other players.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

Finishers have a decreased shot penalty rating with contact of 30%, making and-one opportunities with these players more likely.

Example Players

Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony

 

Acrobat

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Acrobat

What Happens

A player can change their shot mid-air without severely altering the chances of making it.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

Acrobat players receive a 40% decrease in shot penalty when changing a shot mid-air. There is also a 15% boost in shot chance.

Example Players

Derrick Rose, Tony Parker

 

Shot Up Shooter

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Shot Up Shooter

What Happens

This player can shoot long-range shots from a stand-still position.

 

 

Requires

Player must be standing still, must be shooting from 12 to 28 feet away from the basket, and not posting up or dribbling.

Effect

30% decrease in shot penalty for releasing the shot too early or too late.

Example Players

Kyle Korver

 

Shot Creator

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Shot Creator

What Happens

This type of player has a higher chance of making a shot than most other players, IF he creates space for himself.

 

Requires

The player must break his defender down to create space, which must be bigger than the space between him and the defender when the break started.

The shot creator must be within seven feet of the defender when he starts to break him down.

The shot must be taken within 2 seconds of the initial break down.

The shot must happen within 33 feet of the basket.

The player must not be smothered defensively by the defender at both the start of the break down and the release of the shot.

Effect

Up to 100% decrease in shot penalty.

Example Players

Kobe Bryant

 

Deadeye

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Deadeye

What Happens

Defenders that arrive late to defend a shot have less of an affect on Deadeye skilled players.

 

Requires

The skill will not be triggered if the shooter is smothered by the defender at both the beginning and end of the shot.

Effect

Up to 100% decrease in shot penalty.

Example Players

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

 

Corner Specialist

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Corner Specialist

What Happens

This player is more likely to hit a long-range shot from a corner where baseline meets sideline.

 

Requires

The player must be standing still, be open, and must take the shot within two seconds of catching the pass.

Effect

5% increase to shot percentage.

Example Players

Shane Battier, Courtney Lee

 

Post Proficiency

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Post Proficiency

What Happens

This type of player is nearly unstoppable in the low post.

 

 

Requires

The shot must be taken within 17 feet of the basket, and can be taken within 0.5 of exiting the post to make a pump-fake.

Effect

Defenders fall for fakes 50% more often, hooks and fades are 5% more likely to hit, and post moves are more effective.

Example Players

Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge

 

Ankle Breaker

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Ankle Breaker

What Happens

This player can break ankles when performing successful isolation dribble moves.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

It causes a 30% increase in a defender stumbling and falling over.

Example Players

Jamal Crawford, Tyreke Evans

 

Post Playmaker

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Post Playmaker

What Happens

This player has good court vision and can pass out of the post to the open player for the good play.

 

Requires

The pass must come from a post-up position to an open teammate.

Effect

The receiver will have up to 10% increase on two-point shot and 4% increase on three-point shots.

Example Players

Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah

 

Dimer

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Dimer

What Happens

This type of player can hit players in the right position with superb passing abilities.

 

 

Requires

This occurs when passing to a teammate from anywhere other than the post.

Effect

The receiver will have up to 10% increase on two-point shot and 4% increase on three-point shots.

Example Players

Chris Paul, Steve Nash

 

Break Starter

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Break Starter

What Happens

This player initiate fast breaks with great outlet passing.

 

 

Requires

The player must be a defensive rebounder and the pass must be made within three seconds of the rebound.

Effect

There is a 50% decrease in the possibility of a bad long-range pass if requirements are met.

Example Players

Tim Duncan, Lamar Odom

 

Alley-Ooper

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Alley-Ooper

What Happens

This player can throw the accurate alley-oop pass.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

A significant boost to a player's pass attribute.

Example Players

Andre Miller, Jason Kidd

 

Brick Wall

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Brick Wall

What Happens

This player can set the powerful, unmovable screen.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

Stumbling, falling opposing players that bump into the effective screen.

Example Players

Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis

 

Lockdown Defender

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Lockdown Defender

What Happens

This player is a superb perimeter defender that can shut down any other Signature Skills of the attacking player they're guarding.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

N/A

Example Players

Thabo Sefolosha

 

Charge Card

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Charge Card

What Happens

This type of player has the uncanny ability to draw a charge.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

There is a 50% increase in the chance of drawing a charge when using this sort of player for a set. If the call is made, the player's teammates receive a temporary energy boost.

Example Players

Udonis Haslem

 

Interceptor

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Interceptor

What Happens

This player has a good ability to make the pass lane steal.

 

 

Requires

The player must be within 9 feet of the passer.

Effect

The player will get a boost to Steal and Vertical attributes.

Example Players

Trevor Ariza, Brandon Jennings

 

Pick Pocket

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Pick Pocket

What Happens

This player has the ability to steal the ball from players attempting dribbling moves.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

There will be an increase in strip probability when the player is in an iso-motion move, an increase when the offensive player has been in a standing dribble for a few seconds, and a lowered chance of causing a foul.

Example Players

Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lim

 

Active Hands

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Active Hands

What Happens

This player can easily stream the ball when a player attempts a shot, layup or dunk.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

This type of player is twice as likely to strip the ball from a player that doesn't have this skill.

Example Players

Mario Chalmers

 

Eraser

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Eraser

What Happens

This player guards the ring like a beast with emphatic, powerful blocks.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

This will cause a boost in energy for teammates and a drop of up to six points of the rejected player's shooting attributes.

Example Players

Dwight Howard

 

Chase Down Artist

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Chase Down Artist

What Happens

This player has a knack of chasing down players on the fast break for the swat or steal.

 

Requires

The block must happen from behind the shooter while he is moving.

Effect

This player is given a boost in Block, Vertical and Quickness attributes when the opposition is on a fast break.

Example Players

LeBron James

 

Bruiser

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Bruiserr

What Happens

This players can have a negative affect on an opposition player's physical strength with every bit of contact.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

When a Bruiser makes contact with an opposition player, the player will loser almost half of the amount of energy than they would if they were sprinting.

Example Players

David West, Anderson Varajao

 

Hustle Points

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Hustle

What Happens

This player has a knack of scoring following an offensive rebound.

 

 

Requires

The shot must be taken within three seconds of grabbing the offensive rebound.

Effect

There will be a boost to Shot Inside, Shot Close and Layup attributes.

Example Players

David Lee, Andrew Bynum

 

Scrapper

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Scrapper

What Happens

This type of player will dive for looser balls, win boxout battles and strip rebounds from opponents.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

Speed and Quickness get a small boost when diving for loose balls.

Example Players

Chuck Hayes, Reggie Evans

 

Anti-Freeze

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Anti-Freeze

What Happens

This type of player is basically steady and collected: while they will miss shots every now and then, they rarely go on a cold-streak.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

This player takes twice as many misses and turnovers to go through a cold streak as a normal player.

Example Players

Luol Deng, Zach Randolph

 

Microwave

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Microwave

What Happens

This type of player can heat up offensively and defensively, very quickly.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

It takes this player fewer shots and good plays to get on a role than other players without this skill.

Example Players

Eric Gordon, Nick Young

 

Heat Retention

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Heat Retention

What Happens

This type of player keeps their heat streak through bad plays, game breaks and misses.

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

It takes twice as many missed shots and turnovers and a player that is "Hot" to break out of their heat streak.

Example Players

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams

 

Closer

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Closer

What Happens

This player takes their skill to a new level in the fourth quarter.

 

 

Requires

Player to be on the court in the final 40% of a match.

Effect

Attributes are boosted up to 12 points, easier free throws, energy boosts during timeouts, 5% increase of making "moving" shots and step-back shots.

Example Players

Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

 

Floor General

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Floor General

What Happens

This player can help his teammates defensively just by being on the court.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

When this player has the ball, his teammates on the court get a six point attribute boost to all of their offensive abilities.

Example Players

Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd

 

Defensive Anchor

NBA 2K13 Signature Skills Defensive Anchor

What Happens

This player turns his team into a defensive powerhouse, just by being on the court.

 

 

Requires

N/A

Effect

When this player is on the court, his teammates defensive attributes are given a six point increase.

Example Players

Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard

 

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Good ol' Jeremy Lim [MOG]

Sounds like a good idea by 2k, although it seems like something EA would do.

GangStarr said: Good ol' Jeremy Lim
Sounds like a good idea by 2k, although it seems like something EA would do.



EA did do it a few years back, but no where near as extensively as this, and not quite as deep. For example, it was basically a "either they are or aren't" type of thing, whereas this one has requirements (shooting from a certain distance or something).

Sounds amazing. Pack my teams with defenders and 4th quarter specialists :P
Yea the detail put into this system looks outstanding. Really excited for this, I know I say it every year but this year it feels special.

Can't wait to play as my warriors. DLee and Bogut in the middle, Thompson Curry and Barnes all great shooters (especially Klay). Plus Curry knows how to play the point. Something a lot of young players can't do these days.
i have a problem with the acrobat skill i don't know how changing the shot works can anybody help me i upgraded this skills to the 3rd level but i can't get score it ! :'@
I found a great list of great sig shots for all the NBA players.
You can see it here - www.nba2k.org/...

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