The Draft Combine in NBA 2K22 allows players and their characters to get drafted into the league. This allows the game to mimic real-life scenarios and go through the emotional rollercoaster of getting a high draft pick in the game. So, scroll down and find out how to use the Draft Combine in NBA.
How does the NBA 2K22 Draft Combine work?
The Draft Combine is something that you will come across in the Story Career mode of the game. As you might have guessed by now, the Draft Combine is basically your ticket to the league. You will have a chance to get a high draft pick in the game. However, there are a variety of factors that you will need to fulfill in order to get these.
Almost every decision you make early on in your career will have a big effect on your NBA career. We will be discussing these things in detail further on in the article. However, another thing that you need to remember is that there is something related to the Combine known as the Draft Stock in NBA 2K22. The Draft Combine and Draft Stock are sort of similar, with some significant differences. Now, with that out of the way, let’s learn more about the Draft Combine.
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Should you enter the Draft Combine?
This is a bit of serious decision-making that you will have to do in the game. You will face this decision after the end of the NCAA tournament. After the end of the tournament your manager will come up to you and tell you that if you are happy with your Draft Stock, you can skip the Combine in NBA 2K22. Now, this is where things can get a bit dicey.
If you have done well throughout the NCAA tournament and won enough games, you will have a high Draft Stock. So, if you and your team have played well throughout the tournament, you can skip the Combine and still have a high Draft Stock. However, if you decide to take part in the Combine it will simply boost your Draft Stock even higher.
Having a high Draft Rating is useful in the game as it allows you to join a lower-ranked team in the game. You will further be able to lead this team as the season progresses and even be able to get a confirmed starting slot on the roster.
Unfortunately, if your Draft Stock is low in NBA 2K22, it might be a good idea to take part in the combine. If you still decide to skip it, you will get signed onto a high-ranking team. This will significantly reduce your playing time and make you a benchwarmer for a good part of the season.
Another thing that you need to note is that if you perform poorly in the Combine, your rating will go down. This is the second side of the coin. So, think and make the right choice.
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Player Build influencing the Draft Combine
The player that you create will also have a big effect on whether you should actually take part in the Combine. This is because the Combine focuses on a broad variety of physical attributes.
If you build a player that has a good shooting ability in mid-range and 3-pt shooting, it is a good idea to take part in the Combine. This will boost your stock even further which will in turn count for a higher draft pick.
However, if you have a player that is built to live and breathe in the paint, it is better to skip the combine. But, in this situation, you will need to have good stats over your college season and the NCAA tournament.
Your OVR rating also does have some influence on your Draft Pick. So, have a good think about what you actually want from your player as well as how you want your career to pan out.
NBA 2K22 Draft Combine Exercises
Now that you have selected to take part in the Combine there are some things you need to know. There are a total of 6 exercises that you will have to take part in the Combine. Remember, you will have to get a high ranking in each of these to increase your Draft Stock. If you don’t do well, your Draft Pick will drop further.
Vertical Standing Jump
The Vertical Standing Jump will depend on how fast you press the button prompts. Press the triggers in order and alternatively. Once the player is ready, just click on the prompt to jump. This will have your player jump the highest possible in the game.
Vertical Running Jump
The Vertical Running Jump will also depend on how fast you press the button prompts. Press the triggers in order and alternatively to get a good run-up. Once the player is ready, just click on the prompt to jump. This will have your player jump the highest possible in the game.
Bench Press is actually one of the hardest exercises. This exercise will have you utilize the analog sticks and balance the graph that comes up. You will have to equally balance both ends with the help of the graphic on the screen. Do the necessary amount of reps and you will be able to clear this NBA 2K22 Draft Combine Exercise.
The Shuttle is the easiest exercise in the Combine. All you have to do is hold down the defensive button prompt and follow the commands. This will have you moving laterally. After this, you will have to perform a final sprint to complete the exercise.
The Lane Agility test is similar to the Shuttle Run. However, this time around, you will have a few cones to guide you in the right direction. Just utilize the button prompts properly and you will be able to get through this exercise with relative ease.
This is a pretty straightforward drill. However, this is also one that you should not mess up in any way. Use the practice rounds to your benefit to get used to the mechanics of this exercise.
After the above drills, you will come across some Shooting Drills. These will have you utilize and use the Shot Meter in the game. You will be able to try out all the Shooting Skills that you will have gained throughout college.
What to do after the NBA 2K22 Draft Combine drills are over?
Once all the Combine Exercises are over, there will be a 5v5 game that you will have to take part in. This includes some of the other high-ranking rookies in the game that you will go head-to-head against. In this game, it is better to be a team player rather than going at it solo. This game is also your last chance to increase your Draft Stock and Rating in the game.
This is everything that you need to know about the NBA 2K22 Draft Combine and how to get a high draft pick. While you are here, you can also have a look at How To Get MVP Points in NBA 2K22.