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Best Defensive/Rebounding Badges in NBA 2K22: Which to Use

Here are the best Defense/Rebounding Badges to use in NBA 2K22 MyCareer on Current Gen and Next Gen.
Here are the best Defense/Rebounding Badges to use in NBA 2K22 MyCareer on Current Gen and Next Gen. / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, 2K

For those looking to be able to clamp drives and contest shots consistently in NBA 2K22, it is imperative that you equip and upgrade the best Defensive/Rebounding Badges available for your build.

Although having the right defensive and rebounding attributes is one-half of the battle, it can mean next to nothing if your MyPlayer doesn't have the right Badge setup. Here are the best Defensive/Rebounding to use in NBA 2K22 MyCareer on Current-Gen and NextGen.

Best Defensive/Rebounding Badges in NBA 2K22: Which to Use

Here are the best Defense/Rebounding Badges to equip for your MyPlayer in NBA 2K22, ranked in order of upgrade priority for those still in the middle of the Badge grind:

  1. Menace
  2. Clamps
  3. Intimidator
  4. Pick Pocket
  5. Rim Protector
  6. Interceptor
  7. Rebound Chaser
  8. Pick Dodger
  9. Brick Wall
  10. Box
  11. Chase Down Artist
  12. Post Lockdown
  13. Ankle Braces
  14. Defensive Leader
  15. Ball Stripper
  16. Tireless Defender
  17. Worm
  18. Pogo Stick
  19. Off-Ball Pest
  20. Hustler

To highlight some of the higher-tier Defensive Badges in the game, I'm going to start with the category's Big 3 — Menace, Clamps and Intimidator. These three are foundational must-haves for any defensive-minded players, regardless of position. Although Menace is a brand-new Badge, it has already become a staple thanks to its ability to drop your opponents' attributes, especially when you're letting them go nowhere with Clamps. Meanwhile, Intimidator remains even more valuable than it has been in recent years thanks its Gold and Hall of Fame tiers being restricted to taller builds.

The next three are all Defensive Badges that disrupt and break up plays. Pick Dodger has been incredibly buffed this year, allowing those with higher Steal ratings being able to rip the ball with ease. Additionally, with Rim Protector granting new special block animations, and Interceptor remaining as broken as it's ever been in the Rec and Pro-Am, feel free to max these out if possible.

Lastly, these next five familiar Badges all sit in a similar tier, and will be more valuable to you depending on if you're a big (e.g. Rebound Chaser, Brick Wall, Box) or a small (e.g. Pick Dodger, Chase Down Artist).

For more on NBA 2K22 MyCareer, feel free to check out our guides on how to get the Gym Rat Badge and the Mamba Mentality Badge, as well as the best Playmaking Badges to use.