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How to set a screen in NBA 2K22

Get your players in a position to make a play in NBA 2K22. Here's how to set a screen in NBA 2K22.
How to set a screen in NBA 2K22

One of the more important, but often forgotten about, mechanics in NBA 2K22 is setting a screen. It’s arguably one of the simplest plays in basketball but can be extremely important for a number of plays. 

However, despite its importance in the game, some players forget it exists or forgets how to call one for themselves or the  AI player. Setting a screen works two ways in NBA 2K22; the first way is calling on your own number to set a screen for a CPU-controlled teammate. The other way is calling for a CPU-controlled teammate to set a screen on your defender to get some shooting space or open up a passing lane for an excellent three-point shooter to get a shot off. 

In this article, we’ll go over exactly how players can set a screen for themselves or a teammate in NBA 2K22.

Setting a screen in NBA 2K22

how to set a screen in NBA 2K22
NBA 2K22 still features the same mechanics as in years past. (Picture: 2K)

The first step we’ll go over is calling for the CPU to set a screen for you. After all, most players will have the ball in their hands a majority of the time in NBA 2K22. When you have the ball, you’ll want the A.I. teammates to set screens for you to open up some space to create a scoring chance. 

To call for a teammate to set a screen, follow the commands below: 

  • For Xbox: Press LB 

  • For PlayStation: Press L1 

Pressing either LB/L1 will call for the nearest teammate to come over and set a screen for you. If you want to get a screen on a certain side, then you’ll want to face whatever direction you want the screen set.

how to set a screen in NBA 2K22
Point guards often call for screens on their defenders. (Picture: 2K)

Conversely, if you want to set a screen yourself for a teammate, then you can follow another set of commands: 

  • For Xbox: Press B near a defender 

  • For PlayStation: Press Circle near a defender 

The biggest thing with setting a screen yourself is making sure you’re close enough to the defender. You can set a screen for the ball handler but also a teammate off the ball to get them free and open up a scoring chance for them or yourself. As long as you’re close enough to the targeted defender, you’ll set a screen once you press B/Circle. 

That’s all there is to setting a screen in NBA 2K22.

Make sure to stay tuned to our NBA 2K22 tab as we'll be keeping you up to date with the fresh release.

Featured image courtesy of 2K.