Hot Zones are areas on the court where your player is strong at shooting the ball in NBA 2K21. If you want to be a consistent shooter, you need to earn and know your hot spots. Therefore, we bring everything about hot zones to help you find your hot zones in NBA 2K21 and improve them as quickly as possible.
What are hot zones?
Hot zones are one of several specific spots on the court that the player can shoot from. When a player hits several shots in that zone, it becomes a hot zone. But if you’re chucking from that area and missing, it becomes a cold zone.
Are hot zones actually important?
In NBA 2K21, hot zones have a significant impact on the value, percentage, and impact of a shot in a certain area of the court. When you shoot from hot zones, you get a boost to your overall shot percentage.
It is arguably more important than ever to take notice and know about your player’s hot and cold zones on the court. Ignoring these will lead you to long-term shooting inefficiencies.
How do you get your zones hot?
Well, simply put, you have to hit your shots. Your zones are determined by your player’s most recent 25 games, and you can see your current zone status by looking at the hot zones tab on a player’s card.
The best thing you can do to grow your hot zones is a better shooter. This means taking open shots, nailing your releases, increasing your attributes, and equipping the best shooting badges.
How to find your hot zones?
The quickest and I feel the best way to check hot zones in NBA 2K21 is by simply checking your player’s stats.
While in My Career, go to the menu screen, navigate to “Stats,” and then either “My Minutes” or “Roster.”
From there, select your player, and press the R3 button (that’s the right analog stick: click it down). That will bring up detailed statistics for your player in all of their games played up to that point, including all of your hot (and cold) zones and your shot percentage in those areas. It also gives you a good indication of which area you need to acquire Hot Zones from.
How to get hot zones?
Here are the ways players can figure out their hot zones in NBA 2K21:
1). The first way is for the player to head over to the practice mode. Players need to head to 2KU and then Play Now and then choose the freestyle mode. Here the players can really understand the strengths and weaknesses of their character and work on improving them. The red color will highlight the hot zones for the player, and the cold zones will be highlighted by blue color.
2). The second way to figure out a player’s hot zones is to enter that specific player’s bio. Players need to head to the roster tab and then select the player they want to know the hot zones for. They will have to press RT or R2 until they are on the last page of the player, where the hot zones and cold zones for that specific player will be highlighted in red and blue.
3). The third way to understand a player’s hot zones is to head over to MyTeam. Here the players can view the stats of their players too, and with the help of LT/RT or L2/R2, players can go over to the Shot charts section. Here they can understand the hot zones and cold zones too.
How to reset your hot zones?
In NBA 2K21, the game will determine your hot zone and cold zone based on your past 25 games. You will get the ranking of these zones before that, but if you want to improve and reset these zones to neutral, you will have to play at least 25 games.
The fastest way to get hot zones
If you’re looking for a faster and more proficient way to get your hot zones up without the need to grind, try these settings:
1). Set match difficulty to “Pro.”
2). Set quarter length to 5-6 minutes. This is to maximize the number of games you play as you ultimately what to breeze through the 25-day barrier to change through zones quickly.
3). In “controller settings,” go-to “Shot Timing” and change this to “real player percentage.
Changing to “real player percentage” effectively lowers the ceiling and window for timing your shot, meaning the higher the player attribute, the more likely you will hit that shot.
However, there are a few things to consider: if you have a low-ranked attribute in a particular area, forcing shots won’t magically lead to gaining a hot zone. You’re going to need to grind to get those attributes up regardless. Here are some key things to remember:
1). Focus attribute points on shooting areas you want to improve in.
2). Aim to get mid-range and 3-point shots into the 90 attribute range.
3). Utilize teammate screens and Shooting badges to maximize off-the-dribble and open shot.
Best badges to help get hot zones
I’d look at first equipping these badges to help improve your shooting and overall play performance:
• Difficult Shooter
• Catch & Shoot
• Corner Specialist
• Flexible Release
• Volume Shooter
Once you’ve improved the rate of hot zones on the court for your player, you can equip:
• Hot Zone Hunter