For those wondering how important this stat is for scoring down in the paint, here's a breakdown of what the Close Shot attribute does in NBA 2K22 on Current Gen and Next Gen.
What is Close Shot in NBA 2K22?
As officially described in-game, Close Shot is a Finishing attribute that helps determine a player's ability to shoot when standing still out to 10 feet from the basket. Additionally, Close Shot helps post hooks, and is used to determine the ability to make standing alley-oop and putback layup attempts.
As far as attribute requirements go for those on Next Gen, having a decent Close Shot rating affects a build's ability to get the Fast Twitch, Giant Slayer, Grace Under Pressure, Hook Specialist, Mouse in the House, Pro Touch and Putback Boss Finishing Badges.
In NBA 2K22, those who have played online games — whether in the park, Rec, Ante-Up or The Old Gym, etc. — know that inside scoring for bigs is really easy this year. Especially when combined with the Post Shot Daggers and Post Scorer Takeovers, hook shots can literally be unstoppable.
Thanks to NBA2KLab, who have taken it upon themselves to do meticulous testing of the attribute, the higher your Close Shot is, the lower the average contest level is and the more favorable your animations will be on closer shots. Additionally, unlike last year, it's clear in NBA 2K22 that raising your Close Shot will indeed boost your shots near the rim significantly.
Ultimately, big man builds should go with at least a 75 Close Shot rating, and going more than that is ideal. If you're a guard who stops in the paint a lot and finds themselves pump-faking and going up often, having some Close Shot to go with the Fast Twitch Badge would not hurt at all.
For more on NBA 2K22, feel free to check our guide on Post Control.