NBA 2K23 Best Power Forward (PF) Builds (Next-Gen/Current-Gen)

If you’ve ever played any game from the NBA 2K series, you would know that making effective builds help your team members perform better and have a greater chance of winning various matches.

This guide will tell you the best Power Forward builds for both current-gen and next-gen platforms in NBA 2K23. We’ll show you how you can create the perfect NBA 2K23 Team.

A Power Forward is one of your team’s most important roles, which essentially plays as a Center. Their playstyle consists of Offensive strategies and having their back toward the basket.

However, they make sure to position themselves defensively while being under the basket in a zone defense. If their builds are made carefully, they make excellent rebounders and can keep the ball within the team once securing it.

If you’ve ever played any game that allows you to make builds for your characters, you may also be aware of how important it is to customize these settings carefully so they play out well for you while being present on the field.

Similarly, while playing NBA 2K23, users can customize settings for their various team members. Players need to keep in mind before they get too excited and jump on the customizations: this year there’s no +4 in NBA 2K23.

This means you get exactly what you see when you go to 99 overall as making builds in the MyCAREER builder.

What kind of Power Forward you want in your team completely depends upon your own playstyle. To help you figure that out, we’ve listed 2 of the best next-gen NBA 2K23 Power Forward builds below, each of which serves to fit a different kind of playstyle.

3-in-1 scorer build (next-gen/current-gen)

As the name suggests, this build focuses on your PF performing all three essential functions for you. It emphasizes Shooting, Controlling, and Defending.

With these settings applied to your character, you will get good ball-throwing abilities and be able to move the ball around the court with control and defend it against the opponents.

This build is capable of reaching an overall 99 rating and can be further upgraded with various Badge Points. Some of them include Finishing Badges, Shooting Badges, Playmaking Badges, and Rebounding Badges.

Body Settings

  • Height: 6’10”
  • Weight: 210lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’1″
  • Body Shape: Compact

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 84
  • Driving Layup: 83
  • Driving Dunk: 85
  • Standing Dunk: 73

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 87
  • Three-Point Shot: 89
  • Free Throw: 67

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 76
  • Ball Handle: 80
  • Speed with Ball: 71

Defense / Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense: 75
  • Steal: 74

Physicals

  • Speed: 80
  • Acceleration: 77
  • Strength: 34
  • Vertical: 75
  • Stamina: 92

Finishing Badges

  • Acrobat: Silver
  • Slithery: Silver
  • Fearless Finisher: Gold
  • Limitless Takeoff: Silver
  • Fast Twitch: Silver
  • Posterizer: Silver (Core Badge)

Shooting Badges

  • Amped: Bronze
  • Middy Magician: Gold
  • Volume Shooter: Silver
  • Agent 3: Silver
  • Corner Specialist: Hall of Fame
  • Green Machine: Gold
  • Blinders: Gold (Core Badge)
  • Limitless Range: Silver

Playmaking Badges

  • Clamp Breaker: Silver
  • Floor General: Bronze
  • Handles for Days: Bronze
  • Hyperdrive: Silver
  • Killer Combos: Bronze
  • Quick First Step: Silver
  • Dimer: Silver
  • Unpluckable: Silver (Core Badge)

Defense / Rebounding Badges

  • Ankle Braces: Silver
  • Glove: Bronze
  • Interceptor: Bronze
  • Menace: Silver
  • Off-Ball Pest: Bronze
  • Work Horse: Silver
  • Boxout Beast: Silver
  • Challenger: Bronze
  • Chase Down Artist: Gold
  • Rebound Chaser: Bronze (Core Badge)

Primary Takeover: Limitless Range

Secondary Takeover: Spot-Up Precision

Paint dominator PF build (next-gen/current-gen)

Our second PF build in NBA 2K23 is for the player who likes to control the paint on both ends of the court. These customizations enable the players to become brutal defenders and rebounders that are hard to tackle.

Additionally, you also perform as an offensive player while being under the basket. With the settings below, you’ll be doing everything to bring out the true form of what a Power Forward should be like.

This build can also reach an overall 99 rating and can be further upgraded with various Badge Points. Some of them include Finishing Badges, Shooting Badges, Playmaking Badges, and Rebounding Badges.

Body Settings

  • Height: 6’11”
  • Weight: 216lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’9″
  • Body Shape: Built

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 74
  • Driving Layup: 85
  • Driving Dunk: 93
  • Standing Dunk: 90
  • Post Control: 42

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 35
  • Free Throw: 36

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 70
  • Ball Handle: 70
  • Speed with Ball: 68

Defense / Rebounding

  • Perimeter Defense: 76
  • Steal: 75

Physicals

  • Speed: 79
  • Acceleration: 73
  • Strength: 74
  • Vertical: 90
  • Stamina: 96

Finishing Badges

  • Acrobat: Bronze
  • Giant Slayer: Hall of Fame
  • Limitless Takeoff: Gold
  • Slithery: Gold
  • Posterizer: Gold
  • Fast Twitch: Silver
  • Rise Up: Gold (Core Badge)

Shooting Badges

  • Slippery Off-Ball: Bronze (Core Badge)

Playmaking Badges

  • Clamp Breaker: Bronze
  • Floor General: Silver
  • Handles for Days: Bronze
  • Mismatch Expert: Bronze
  • Special Delivery: Bronze
  • Bail Out: Bronze
  • Break Starter: Silver
  • Vice Grip: Silver (Core Badge)

Defense / Rebounding Badges

  • Challenger: Bronze
  • Interceptor: Bronze
  • Boxout Beast: Hall of Fame
  • Chase Down Artist: Hall of Fame
  • Anchor: Gold
  • Brick Wall: Bronze
  • Pogo Stick: Bronze
  • Rebound Chaser: Gold (Core Badge)

Primary Takeover: Finishing Moves

Secondary Takeover: See the Future

2-way 3 level power forward build (next-gen/current-gen)

This 2 way 3 level Power Forward Build will be exceptionally good on the court. It allows you to not only defend but also be quite an offensive player. You can easily take this PF build to a 99 overall rating on both next-gen and current-gen versions.

Body Settings

  • Height: 6’9”
  • Weight: 210lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’2″
  • Body Shape: Compact

Attributes

Finishing

  • Close Shot: 59
  • Driving Layup: 79
  • Driving Dunk: 85
  • Standing Dunk: 90
  • Post Control: 85

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: 76
  • Free Throw: 87
  • Free Throw: 87

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: 90
  • Ball Handle: 87
  • Speed with Ball: 74

Defense/Rebounding

  • InteriorDefense: 70
  • Perimeter Defense: 81
  • Steal: 78
  • Block: 70
  • Offensive Rebound: 33
  • Defensive Rebound: 25

Physicals

  • Speed: 81
  • Acceleration: 77
  • Strength: 82
  • Vertical: 80
  • Stamina: 93

Finishing Badges

  • Giant Slayer: Bronze
  • Aerial Wizard: Gold
  • Limitless Takeoff: Silver
  • Bully: Silver
  • Posterizer: Silver (Core Badge)

Shooting Badges

  • Clutch Shooter: Hall of Fame
  • Space Creator: Hall of Fame
  • Slippery Off Ball: Hall of Fame
  • Agent 3: Silver
  • Guard Up: Gold
  • Limitless Range: Silver (Core Badge)

Playmaking Badges

  • Ankle Breaker: Hall of Fame
  • Hyperdrive: Bronze
  • Quick First Step: Gold
  • Vice Grip: Silver
  • Handles For Days: Silver
  • Unpluckable: Gold (Core Badge)

Defense/Rebounding Badges

  • Ankle Braces: Gold
  • Off-Ball Pest: Hall of Fame
  • Pick Dodger: Bronze
  • Challenger: Silver
  • Chase Down Artist: Gold (Core Badge)
  • Clamps: Bronze
  • Interceptor: Bronze

Primary Takeover: Anklebreaking Shots

Secondary Takeover: Limitless Range

Best badges for Power Forward in NBA 2K23

The Power Forward in NBA 2K23 highlights four particular badges for both PF current-gen and next-gen, with each finishing and Defense/Rebounding badge possessing a Hall of Fame level.

Finishing

  • Backdown Punisher (HoF)
  • Dream Shake (HoF)
  • Dropstepper (HoF)
  • Post Spin Technician (HoF)

Shooting

  • Middy Magician (Bronze)
  • Volume Shooter (Bronze)

Playmaking

  • Post Playmaker (Gold)
  • Unpluckable (Gold)
  • Vice Grip (Gold)

Defense/Rebounding

  • Brick Wall (HoF)
  • Post Lockdown (HoF)

Best animations for Power Forward

Your Attributes of the MyPlayer build such as height, weight and even wingspan are the key factors to the animations of a decent Power Forward build in NBA 2K23 whether you’re playing on the next-gen or the current-gen console.

To change the animations for your build, simply haed over to the Options > MyCareer > Menu > MyPlayer > Animations. This is where you’ll be granted a variety of options to select and alter how your pf current gen/pf next gen builds animations look.

However, do note that each animation you choose will decrease the number of VC you have in your account since animations are paid items in NBA 2K23.

Best jump shot animations

Below we’ve listed the requirements for the most suitable Jumpshot animations for the PF Build.

Jump Shot (Kobe Bryant)

  • Height At Least 6’5″ and Under 6’10”
  • Mid-Range Shot 90+ or Three-Point Shot 90+

Best dribbling animations

Below we’ve listed the requirements for the most suitable Dribbling animations for the PF Build.

Dribble (Michael Jordan)

  • Height Under 6’10”
  • Speed 75+

Signature Size-Up (Paul George)

  • Height Under 6’10”
  • Speed 75+ or 85+

Size-Up Escape Package(Damian Lillard)

  • Height Under 6’10”
  • Ball Handle 90+

Moving Crossovers (James Harden)

  • Height Under 6’10”
  • Ball Handle 80+

Moving Behind the Backs (Stephen Curry)

  • Height Under 6’10”
  • Ball Handle 92+

Best dunk-style animations

Below we’ve listed the requirements for the most suitable Dunk Style animations for the PF Build.

Two Foot Moving Dunks (Jordan Kilganon)

  • Height Under 6’10
  • Driving Dunk 90+
  • Vertical 70+

Standing Dunks (Elite Bigman Contact Dunks)

  • Height At Least 6’10”
  • Standing Dunk 90+
  • Vertical 75+

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