Best Post Fade In NBA 2K23

This guide has all of the best post fade shot animations for NBA 2K23 as well as best players for Post Fade.

Post fade is a dunking technique in NBA 2K23. When you initiate a post fade animation, your player will back up right before they make their dunk. It is a great way to throw a defender off their game. Once you do initiate the animation, you’ll be given you a window to shoot your shot.

To use post fade animations, your player stats should be similar to that of a dunking build in NBA 2K23. Height does not affect your ability to execute a post fade. While some players are better at it than others, nearly everyone can perform one.

In this guide, we’ll go over the exact meaning of post fades, what players are best suited for this maneuver, and how you can master it. This guide is suitable for both next-gen and old-gen versions of the game.

Best Post Fade Players Under 6’5’’ (195cm)

#1 Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

Devin Booker plays for the Phoenix Suns and is the top contender for the best post fade in NBA 2K23. At just 25 years old, Booker is the youngest and the best under 6’5’’ post fade candidate

His positions include both Point Guard and Shooting Guard, which further accentuate his role as a post fade player.

#2 James Harden (LA Clippers)

Like Devin Booker, James Hardin also plays as both a Point Guard and a Shooting Guard. His 13 plus years of experience makes him an excellent choice as a post fade player.

Best Post Fade Players 6’5’’ (195cm) and 7’0’’ (213cm)

#1 Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

An excellent center for the Denver Nuggets, this Serbian NBA player shines on nearly all fronts and is an excellent choice for the post fade position between the 6’5’’ and 7’0’’ category.

#2 Lebron James (LA Lakers)

This veteran LA Lakers player needs no introduction as he’s one of the most well-known names in the sport. Not only does he shine in his normal position he’s also an incredibly competitive choice for the post fade position.  

NBA 2K23 Best Post Fade Players Above 7’0’’ (213cm)

#1 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

One of the highest current ranked NBA players, Joel Embiid is known for his excellent post fades as he is known for his power forward position for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Best Post Fade Animations in NBA 2K23 (old-gen and next-gen)

The best post fade animation is Pro 3, not only is this the most trustworthy but it also works for all height categories. If you can master this animation and post fades in general your margin for success will be extremely high.

When using a Pro 3 animation, there will be a significant distance between the ball and the opposing team’s defender. Since the ball is out of the range of the defender your chances of failing will be very low.

How to master Post Fade in NBA 2K23

The first thing that you want to do to master the post-fade shot is learn which direction the balance of the defender is leaning. Once you have identified that direction, try to fade away from that direction.

Controls are equally as crucial here. Your post fade moves start when you are bouncing the basketball in front of the defender.

This bouncing can be done by holding the LT button on your Xbox controller or the L1 button on your PlayStation controller. Once you deduce which side the defender is leaning on, press the X on your Xbox Controller or the Square button on your PlayStation controller to post-fade. Then use the left stick for the direction of the post fade.

You must time the release of LT/L2 and lean of joystick at the same time. Otherwise, you will then do a jump shot instead of the Post Fade.

One pro tip here is to wait a little for the defender to make a move. Once he has made his move such as by either jumping or leaning on one side, you can then easily make a counter move. And then execute the perfect Post Fade.

Furthermore, you can make use of the following badges to increase your post fade prowess:

  • Green Machine
  • Volume
  • Clutch Shooter
  • Guard Up
  • Deadeye
  • Blinders
  • Amped Up
  • Backdown
  • Dream Shake

Shavez Arif is a senior writer at He is caffeine-dependent, not-so-hardcore gamer who for some reason loves every FPS game with a toxic fanbase - Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to name a few.