In NBA 2K23, it appears those looking to finish layups consistently may want to turn their shot timing on.
In previous years, manually timing your layups never really caught on for most players as the results didn't seem to fit the effort needed to master it. After all, no one wants to have the possibility of blowing an open layup. Well, it appears that not only is missing wide open layups not possible in NBA 2K23, but the effects of timing your layups have been buffed greatly as well.
Here's a breakdown of whether or not you should turn layup timing on in NBA 2K23 on Current and Next Gen.
NBA 2K23 Layup Timing: Best Settings
As initially unveiled in the weeks leading up to the release of NBA 2K23, gameplay director Mike "Beluba" Wang and the developer team have not only revamped the controls for finishing in the paint, but they also made some changes to user layup timing.
Beluba has not been shy in singing layup timing its praises, mentioning that you could "make some really tough layups that you would miss with it off," it's something he'd "highly recommend" for comp, and "you'll have a way higher ceiling with layup timing on."
Although Beluba has routinely been outspoken about new gameplay features he hopes players should use, it's also notable that NBA2KLab recommends players to turn on layup timing as well.
As shown in their testing, having layup timing on significantly boosts your chances of finishing layups through contests to the point where it's recommended to start doing so.
NBA 2K23 Layup Timing: How to Enable
To enable user layup timing in NBA 2K23, players should go to their Controller Settings and set the "Shot Timing" setting to "Shots and Layups."
It's also worth mentioning that players can still shoot jump shots without the meter if desired by changing the Shot Meter setting to "Pro Stick Only."
Using the Square/X Button to take layups is still not recommended this year since you will not be able to choose which hand you want to finish with.
Ultimately, coupling layup timing with the Pro Touch Badge may prove to be a powerful combo this year.
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