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From the MyTeam menu, you can enter special Locker Codes to be rewarded with free players, packs, etc. Most Locker Codes are only available for a limited time and expire after a set amount of time. A lot of times this means one week, although some codes last longer. The official NBA 2K Twitter account gives away new Locker Codes regularly, so to get Locker Codes, be sure to check back there.
The following Locker Code is permanent and won’t expire:
The following Locker Codes are currently active at the time of this being written but will expire:
As you play through MyPlayer, you will improve your reputation and rise up through the ranks with different tiers and titles through the MyRep system. As you reach each tier, you’ll unlock the following rewards.
Rookie 1 – Change your hair color, customize your jersey, wear accessories in the neighborhood, use Tier 1 emotes, and purchase the skateboard, beach cruiser, and scooter.
Rookie 2 – Exclusive arm accessory.
Rookie 3 – Customize the MyCourt backboard.
Pro 1 – Use Tier 2 emotes, neighborhood gameplay animations, purchase legends jerseys, Tier 1 player panels, Low Rider, eyewear, backpacks.
Pro 2 – Iron Wall Badge (set hard screens in the park), exclusive arm accessories.
Pro 3 – Customize the MyCourt scoreboard.
All-Star 1 – Use Tier 3 emotes, Tier 2 player panels, new gameplay animations, Park Handles Badge (park dribble moves available in the neighborhood), purchase hoverboard.
All-Star 2 – Screen Crusher Badge (blow up hard screens), new arm accessories, exclusive eyewear.
All-Star 3 – Customize the MyCourt floor, customize the MyCourt mural, drop beats & perform in the neighborhood, and use your own ball in the neighborhood.
Superstar 1 – Use Tier 4 emotes, go shirtless, new gameplay animations, spin the daily wheel twice, trikes, and tattoos.
Superstar 2 – Nothing Easy Badge (hard fouls at the rim boost your team’s takeover in the neighborhood), Gym Rat Badge (+4 for all your players athleticism stats).
Superstar 3 – Choose entrance into the neighborhood, mini-basketball game at MyCourt, penthouse.
Elite 1 – Use Tier 5 emotes, Tier 3 player panels, and spin the elite wheel.
Elite 2 – Takeover Booster Badge (takeover meter fills faster), create a T-shirt.
Elite 3 – Double VC in MyPlayer modes, mascots, elite clothes, and buy & shoot fireworks.
Legend – Legend player panels, +10 badge points in all categories, and use the helicopter entrance into the park.
Some badges are unlocked through player progression and as MyRep perks, while others are unlocked by performing moves associated with it. Doing specific types of skills will build XP, which then lets you unlock a related badge. As you continue to use related skills with badges equipped, you can rank them up through different tiers. The highest tier, Hall of Fame, can only be unlocked for the categories you specialize in (that is, the ones you put the most potential points into character creation).
To increase your MyPlayer stats, you will need to spend VC. VC can be earned by practicing and playing games. You can also increase stats by visiting the Gatorade Training Facility once a day to run through the training exercises.
If you’re having trouble earning VC, there are a lot of methods you can use to quickly earn VC, including spinning the daily wheels, playing Pro-Am games to rank up, and more. For specific tips on how to earn VC fast, check out the video below.
The shot meter is different now. In past NBA 2K games, you filled up the shot meter bar in order to make your shot. In NBA 2K21, you need to release the stick or button based on yellow markers that are positioned according to where you’re shooting from. This makes it a bit trickier, so you might need to practice to get used to the new system. (Some players may prefer to turn the shot meter off entirely from the options menu in order to focus on the player’s position and jump instead.) If you need some tips on how to use the new shot meter, take a look at the video guide below.
When you’re in MyCareer mode, you’ll need to pick a build for your character that will specialize in certain areas. Be sure to pick one that fits your intended playstyle. If you aren’t sure, experiment a little first to know how you’ll enjoy playing and then pick your player’s build accordingly.
It’s very easy to have your shots blocked. Whenever possible, try to make your shot from a clear area so that you won’t have to deal with opposing players.
Each player has certain Hot Zones from which they’ll be more likely to score. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with them so that you know how to use their strengths.
Earning VC and badges are very important if you want to do better. Focus on unlocking and upgrading badges, and try to get daily VC whenever you can.