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NBA 2K23 Best Special Replica Builds: How to Make

Here's a breakdown of the best Special Replica builds to make in NBA 2K23 MyCareer on Next Gen.
Here's a breakdown of the best Special Replica builds to make in NBA 2K23 MyCareer on Next Gen. / Image courtesy of @JoeKnowsYT, 2K

In NBA 2K23 on Next Gen, perhaps one of the coolest features that the community has discovered early on is the game's hidden collection of Special Replica builds.

From "Mamba" (Kobe Bryant) and "Chef" (Stephen Curry), to "Big Country" (Bryant Reeves), players who manage to input a certain combination of position, physicals and attributes will discover a Special Replica build archetype name that will be displayed throughout the City and more in MyCareer.

Unfortunately, however, being that the builds are super rare and have stats that are far from the ideal meta, almost all of them aren't actually really worth spending VC on and maxing out. As such, for those wondering if any of them are viable, here's a breakdown of the best Special Replica builds to make in NBA 2K23 MyCareer on Next Gen.

NBA 2K23 Best Special Replica Builds

At the time of publication, there have been a total of 50 Special Replica builds found so far in NBA 2K23 on Next Gen —16 point guards, 11 shooting guards, seven small forwards, seven power forwards and nine centers.

Here is our pick for the best Special Replica builds to make at each position:

Point Guard: "The Franchise" (Steve Francis)

"The Franchise" (Steve Francis)
"The Franchise" (Steve Francis) / Image courtesy of Do It All Hall, 2K
  • Handedness: Right
  • Jersey Number: 3
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Wingspan: 6'6"
  • Finishing: Close Shot 82, Driving Layup 84, Driving Dunk 87, Post Control 45
  • Shooting: Mid-Range Shot 78, Three-Point Shot 86, Free Throw 78
  • Playmaking: Pass Accuracy 80, Ball Handle 87, Speed With Ball 86
  • Defense/Rebounding: Interior Defense 46, Perimeter Defense 77, Steal 84, Block 57, Offensive Rebound 55, Defensive Rebound 56
  • Physicals: Speed 87, Acceleration 84, Strength 55, Vertical 85, Stamina 95

Shooting Guard: "Half Man, Half Amazing" (Vince Carter)

"Half Man, Half Amazing" (Vince Carter)
"Half Man, Half Amazing" (Vince Carter) / Image courtesy of JustLouu2K, 2K
  • Handedness: Right
  • Jersey Number: 15
  • Height: 6'6"
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Wingspan: 6'11"
  • Finishing: Close Shot 83, Driving Layup 85, Driving Dunk 96, Standing Dunk 76, Post Control 59
  • Shooting: Mid-Range Shot 78, Three-Point Shot 80, Free Throw 71
  • Playmaking: Pass Accuracy 74, Ball Handle 77, Speed With Ball 76
  • Defense/Rebounding: Interior Defense 53, Perimeter Defense 72, Steal 55, Block 53, Offensive Rebound 43, Defensive Rebound 47
  • Physicals: Speed 80, Acceleration 80, Strength 49, Vertical 91, Stamina 99

Small Forward: "The Truth" (Paul Pierce)

"The Truth" Paul Pierce
"The Truth" Paul Pierce / Image courtesy of Flomeezy, 2K
  • Handedness: Right
  • Jersey Number: 34
  • Height: 6'7"
  • Weight: 235 lbs
  • Wingspan: 6'10"
  • Finishing: Close Shot 92, Driving Layup 89, Driving Dunk 70, Standing Dunk 45, Post Control 79
  • Shooting: Mid-Range Shot 81, Three-Point Shot 86, Free Throw 84
  • Playmaking: Pass Accuracy 70, Ball Handle 82, Speed With Ball 70
  • Defense/Rebounding: Interior Defense 77, Perimeter Defense 87, Steal 65, Block 50, Offensive Rebound 49, Defensive Rebound 69
  • Physicals: Speed 73, Acceleration 73, Strength 80, Vertical 70, Stamina 98

Power Forward: "Reign Man" (Shawn Kemp)

"Reign Man" (Shawn Kemp)
"Reign Man" (Shawn Kemp) / Image courtesy of Power DF, 2K
  • Handedness: Right
  • Jersey Number: 40
  • Height: 6'10"
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7'3"
  • Finishing: Close Shot 78, Driving Layup 77, Driving Dunk 93, Standing Dunk 89, Post Control 82
  • Shooting: Mid-Range Shot 52, Three-Point Shot 45, Free Throw 73
  • Playmaking: Pass Accuracy 65, Ball Handle 64, Speed With Ball 69
  • Defense/Rebounding: Interior Defense 82, Perimeter Defense 78, Steal 55, Block 70, Offensive Rebound 87, Defensive Rebound 93
  • Physicals: Speed 77, Acceleration 72, Strength 89, Vertical 87, Stamina 90

Center: "Baby Boogie" (DeMarcus Cousins)

"Baby Boogie" (DeMarcus Cousins)
"Baby Boogie" (DeMarcus Cousins) / Image courtesy of Power DF, 2K
  • Handedness: Right
  • Jersey Number: 15
  • Height: 6'11"
  • Weight: 270 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7'6"
  • Finishing: Close Shot 73, Driving Layup 87, Driving Dunk 82, Standing Dunk 97, Post Control 82
  • Shooting: Mid-Range Shot 80, Three-Point Shot 80, Free Throw 69
  • Playmaking: Pass Accuracy 52, Ball Handle 62, Speed With Ball 48
  • Defense/Rebounding: Interior Defense 79, Perimeter Defense 38, Steal 57, Block 66, Offensive Rebound 70, Defensive Rebound 91
  • Physicals: Speed 58, Acceleration 43, Strength 93, Vertical 63, Stamina 90

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