NBA 2K19 Controls Guide (PS4 & Xbox One): Basic and Advanced Controls

Complete NBA 2K19 controls, basic and advanced offense and defense, shooting, passing, dribbling, post play, on-ball defense, off-ball defense, etc. Here are NBA 2K19 controls for Xbox One & PS4:

Basic Offense | Shooting | Dribbling | Passing | Basic Defense | Advanced Controls

BASIC OFFENSE

XB1 PS4 ACTION
Left Stick Left Stick Move Player
Right Stick Right Stick Pro Stick: Dribble Moves / Shooting / Passing
LT L2 Post Up/Protect (hold) / Hard Stop (tap)
RT R2 Sprint
LB L1 Call Play (tap) / Pick Control (hold)
RB R1 Icon Pass
A X Pass (tap) / Skip Pass (hold)
B Circle Bounce Pass (tap) / Flashy Pass (double tap) / Handoff/Pitch Pass (hold)
X Square Shoot (tap for Pump Fake/Hop)
Y Triangle Overhead Pass (tap) / Alley-oop (double tap) / Lead to Basket (hold)
Dpad Up Dpad Up Gameplay HUD
Dpad Right Dpad Right Points of Emphasis
Dpad Left Dpad Left Offensive Strategies
Dpad Down Dpad Down Substitutions
View Click Touchpad Timout
Menu Options Pause

SHOOTING

ACTION XB1 PS4
Jumpshot Press and hold X or move and hold Right Stick (up for bank shot) Press and hold Square or move and hold Right Stick (up for bank shot)
Hop Gather Tap X while driving (Left Stick determines direction of hop) Tap Square while driving (Left Stick determines direction of hop)
Spin Gather RT + Double Tap X while standing or driving R2 + Double Tap Square while standing or driving
Runner/Floater Move and hold Right Stick down (while driving close) Move and hold Right Stickdown (while driving close)
Normal Layup Move and hold Right Stickup (while driving) Move and hold Right Stick up (while driving)
Reverse Layup Move and hold Right Stick right while driving along right baseline Move and hold Right Stick right while driving along right baseline
Cradle/Eurostep Move and hold Right Stick left or right while driving or double tap X while holding Left Stick left or right Move and hold Right Stick left or right while driving or double tap Square while holding Left Stick left or right
2-Hand Dunk RT + Move and hold Right Stick up (while driving) R2 + Move and hold Right Stick up (while driving)
Flashy Dunk RT + Move and hold Right Stick down (while driving) R2 + Move and hold Right Stick down (while driving)
Dominant/Off-Hand Dunk RT + Move and hold Right Stick left or right to dunk with that hand (while driving) R2 + Move and hold Right Stick left or right to dunk with that hand (while driving)
Pump Fake Start a jump shot, then quickly release Right Stick Start a jump shot, then quickly release Right Stick
Step Through Pump fake, then press and hold Right Stick again before pump fake ends Pump fake, then press and hold Right Stick again before pump fake ends
Putback Dunk/Layup Move and hold Right Stick in any direction during an offensive rebound Move and hold Right Stick in any direction during an offensive rebound

DRIBBLING

ACTION XB1 PS4
Signature Size-up Combo Move Right Stick up then quickly release while standing or moving Move Right Stick up then quickly release while standing or moving
In and Out RT + Move Right Stick up then quickly release R2 + Move Right Stick up then quickly release
Hesitation (Quick) Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Hesitation (Escape) RT + Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand R2 + Move Right Stick right then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Crossover Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Between Legs Cross RT + Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand R2 + Move Right Stick left then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Behind Back Move Right Stick down then quickly release Move Right Stick down then quickly release
Cross to Hesitation Escape Perform a Crossover, Between Legs Cross, or Behind Back move then quickly chain into a Hesitation before the ball switches hands Perform a Crossover, Between Legs Cross, or Behind Back move then quickly chain into a Hesitation before the ball switches hands
Signature Size-up Chains While standing, quickly perform the below moves in rapid succession to trigger special signature size-up double and triple moves (see below) While standing, quickly perform the below moves in rapid succession to trigger special signature size-up double and triple moves (see below)
Hard Stop Press LT then quickly release while driving Press L2 then quickly release while driving
Stepback RT + Move Right Stick down then quickly release R2 + Move Right Stick down then quickly release
Spin Rotate Right Stick clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Rotate Right Stick clockwise then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Half Spin Rotate Right Stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand Rotate Right Stick in a quarter-circle from right to up then quickly release when dribbling with right hand
Triple Threat Jab Move Right Stick up, left or right then quickly release Move Right Stick up, left or right then quickly release
Triple Threat Size-up RT + Move Right Stick up then quickly release R2 + Move Right Stick up then quickly release
Triple Threat Hesitation RT + Move Right Stick left or right then quickly release R2 + Move Right Stick left or right then quickly release
Triple Threat Stepback RT + Move RIght Stick down then quickly release R2 + Move RIght Stick down then quickly release
Triple Threat Spinout Rotate Right Stick then quickly return to neutral Rotate Right Stick then quickly return to neutral

PASSING

ACTION XB1 PS4
Pass A (Left Stick selects recipient) X (Left Stick selects recipient)
Bounce Pass B (Left Stick selects recipient) Circle (Left Stick selects recipient)
Skip Pass Press and hold A to throw a skip pass to further away teammates Press and hold X to throw a skip pass to further away teammates
Overhead Pass Y (Left Stick selects recipient) Triangle (Left Stick selects recipient)
Alley Oop Double tap Y (Left Stick selects recipient, toward basketbal for oop-to-self) Double tap Triangle (Left Stick selects recipient, toward basketbal for oop-to-self)
Lead to Basket Pass Press and hold Y (Left Stick selects recipient) then release to pass Press and hold Triangle (Left Stick selects recipient) then release to pass
Flashy Pass Double tap B (Left Stick selects recipient) Double tap Circle (Left Stick selects recipient)
Handoff/Dribble Pitch Press and hold B to bring the selected teammate to the ball, wait for him to get into handoff range or release B to force the pass early (Left Stick selects recipient) Press and hold Circle to bring the selected teammate to the ball, wait for him to get into handoff range or release Circle to force the pass early (Left Stick selects recipient)
Icon Pass RB then press action button of desired receiver R1 then press action button of desired receiver
Fake Pass Y + B (while standing or driving) Triangle + Circle (while standing or driving)
Rolling Inbound Y during baseline inbounds Circle during baseline inbounds
Give and Go Press and hold A to retain control of passer, release A to receive the ball back Press and hold X to retain control of passer, release X to receive the ball back
PRO STICK Pass RB + Right Stick R1 + Right Stick

BASIC DEFENSE

ACTION XB1 PS4
General
Move Player Left Stick Left Stick
Hands Up/Contest/Steal Right Stick Right Stick
Intense-D LT L2
Sprint RT R2
Defensive Strategies (tap) / Double Team (hold) LB L1
Icon Swap RB R1
Player Swap (closest to ball) A X
Take Charge/Chuck/Grab B Circle
Steal X Square
Block/Rebound Y Triangle
Gameplay HUD Dpad Up Dpad Up
Points of Emphasis Dpad Right Dpad Right
Defensive Sets Dpad Left Dpad Left
Substitutions Dpad Down Dpad Down
Intetional Foul View Click Touchpad
Pause Menu Options
On-Ball Defense
Intense-D Press and hold LT when in front of dribbler Press and hold L2 when in front of dribbler
Crowd Dribbler Press and hold LT when near the dribbler Press and hold L2 when near the dribbler
Fast Shuffle Press and hold LT + RT, move Left Stick in any direction Press and hold L2 + R2, move Left Stick in any direction
Hands Up Defense Move and hold Right Stick up Move and hold Right Stick up
Hands Out Left/Right Move and hold Right Stick left or right Move and hold Right Stick left or right
Shot Contest Move Right Stick up and quickly release Move Right Stick up and quickly release
On-ball Steal Move Right Stick down and quickly release Move Right Stick down and quickly release
Vertical Contest Move and hold Left Stick away from the shooter and press Y Move and hold Left Stick away from the shooter and press Triangle
Swat Block Hold RT and press Y Hold R2 and press Triangle
Chuck Tap B Tap Circle
Take Charge Press and hold B Press and hold Circle
Flop While in take charge, release B, press B While in take charge, release Circle, press Circle
Intentional Foul Press and hold X near ball handler (press View for Team Intentional Foul) Press and hold Square near ball handler (press Touchpad for Team Intentional Foul)
Double Team Press and hold LB Press and hold L1
Icon Double Team Press LB, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer Press L1, press and hold the action button of desired double teamer
Pull Chair in Post Move and quickly release Left Stick away from player aggressively backing down Move and quickly release Left Stick away from player aggressively backing down
Off-Ball Defense
Chuck/Grab Tap B Tap Circle
Take Charge Hold B Hold Circle
Post Up / Ball Denial Hold LT when near opponent (based on distance to basket) Hold L2 when near opponent (based on distance to basket)
Deny Hands Out Right Stick in any direction Right Stick in any direction
Ball Pressure Right Stick press towards ball handler Right Stick press towards ball handler
Push LT + Left Stick into defender (when posted off-ball) L2 + Left Stick into defender (when posted off-ball)
Deny/Front Post LT + Right Stick left/right (when posted off-ball) L2 + Right Stick left/right (when posted off-ball)
Pull Chair in Post Move and quickly release Right Stick in same direction as offensive player (when posted off-ball) Move and quickly release Right Stick in same direction as offensive player (when posted off-ball)

ADVANCED CONTROLS

ACTION XB1 PS4
Post Moves
Enter / Leave Post Press and hold LT to post up, release LT to faceup Press and hold L2 to post up, release L2 to faceup
Post Pivot Left Stick in any direction and quickly release while holding the ball Left Stick in any direction and quickly release while holding the ball
Post Aggressive Backdown RT + Left Stick toward defender R2 + Left Stick toward defender
Post Drive / Spin Rotate Right Stick clockwise or counter-clockwise Rotate Right Stick clockwise or counter-clockwise
Post Drive to Key RT + Left Stick toward key then quickly release LT R2 + Left Stick toward key then quickly release L2
Post Drive Baseline RT + Left Stick twoard baseline then quickly release R2 + Left Stick twoard baseline then quickly release
Post Dropstep Left Stick left or right toward hoop, then tap X Left Stick left or right toward hoop, then tap Square
Post Hop Left Stick left, right or away from hoops, then tap X Left Stick left, right or away from hoops, then tap Square
Post Fakes Move Right Stick in any direction then quickly release Move Right Stick in any direction then quickly release
Post Stepbacks RT and move Right Stick left or right then quickly release R2 and move Right Stick left or right then quickly release
Post Shots (Shotstick)
Post Hook Right Stick up left or right (close range) Right Stick up left or right (close range)
Post Fade Right Stick down left or right (beyond close range) Right Stick down left or right (beyond close range)
Post Layup Move and hold Right Stick up left or right (close range) while Left Stick is toward hoop Move and hold Right Stick up left or right (close range) while Left Stick is toward hoop
Post Shimmy Shot RT + Right Stick down with Left Stick neutral R2 + Right Stick down with Left Stick neutral
Post Shimmy Hook RT + Right Stick up with Left Stick neutral R2 + Right Stick up with Left Stick neutral
Pump Fake Start a shot listed above, then move Right Stick to neutral Start a shot listed above, then move Right Stick to neutral
Up & Under / Step Through Pump fake, then Right Stick again before pump fake ends Pump fake, then Right Stick again before pump fake ends
Off-Ball Offense
Call for Ball A X
Call for Alley-Oop Double tap Y (while cutting twoard hoop) Double tap Triangle (while cutting twoard hoop)
Set Screen B Circle
Call for Screen Press and hold LB Press and hold L1
Post Up Hold LT (while standing or moving into defender) Hold L2 (while standing or moving into defender)
Push (while posted up) Left Stick (while posted up) Left Stick
Spin (while posted up) Right Stick twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise (while posted up) Right Stick twirl clockwise or counter-clockwise
Walk Down Left Stick + Right Stick towards defender Left Stick + Right Stick towards defender
Advanced Offense
Quick Playcall Press LB then select a play from the menu Press L1 then select a play from the menu
Positional Playcall Press LB, then press teammate's action button; choose play from menu Press L1, then press teammate's action button; choose play from menu
Basic Pick Control Press and hold LB Press and hold L1
Advanced Pick Control Press and hold LB, use RB to choose Roll vs Fade and click Right Stick to choose a pick side Press and hold L1, use R1 to choose Roll vs Fade and click Right Stick to choose a pick side
Icon Pick Control Press LB, then press and hold the action button of desired screener Press L1, then press and hold the action button of desired screener
Slip Screen and Early Fade Call for pick, then press LB again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early Call for pick, then press L1 again at any time before the screener gets hit to have him slip or fade early