How do you throw an Alley oop in NBA 2k13

This has to be the the most popular question I get to my inbox each year.  2k heads are always asking an wondering how do I throw an alley oop in NBA 2k13.  For those of you who don’t want the long winded explanation, jump to the bottom and you will get your answer.  For the others of you looking for the science and the most opportune times, keep reading.

The alley-oop is by far the most exciting (for the individual on offense) and equally most frustrating and humiliating act (for the defender) in NBA 2k13.  While we all wish we could just run through the middle of the lane and toss the alley oop to the backdoor cutter, it isn’t always that simple.

Without surveying the court and your environment you are doomed to throw the inevitable botched alley oop,and tosses into the front row of the crowd.  If I had to pick the best time to throw and alley-oop it would without a doubt be on the fast break.  The reason I say this is because you don’t have the clutter and congestion of the lane.  The fast break gives you the best opportunity to execute the elusive off the glass alley oop either to yourself or two a railing teammate.  But let me back track a little because I am getting ahead of myself.

The two biggest factors in the success of an alley oop in NBA 2k13 is the guy passing the ball and the guy catching the ball.  If you doubt me, try throwing an alley oop on the break with Tim Duncan as the passer and Tony Parker as the dunker/finisher.  Yes! Yes! I know the example is a little extreme but sometimes you have to be extreme to make a point obvious.  I guess what I am trying to say is that for a dunk to be successful you need someone with a good pass rating and an good/great dunk rating   I recommend a Deron Willliams to Gerald Wallace or Gerald Green (he is my preference).  If you think about it its pretty simple, you need someone who can get the ball where it needs to be and someone who can catch it and slam it home.

For those of you wanting to execute the alley oop on a 5 on 5 face up defense, my recommendation is don’t   But, if you have to, and you want to, its best trying to execute this move with either a pick and roll (the dunker being the roller) or a backdoor pick (the Clippers and Heat have a nice play set for this).  These are two of you best options when trying to increase your chances of a successful execution.

For some tips that have seemed to carry forward from NBA 2k12 to NBA 2k13 see our How do you throw an Alley oop in NBA 2k12 article.

But without further a due here is the button combination for throwing and alley oop in NBA 2k13.

How to Execute a Regular Alley-oop in NBA 2k13

Hold the left trigger to choose your recipient (L2 on PS3) and press X and A (x and square on PS3)

How do you throw and off the glass Alley-oop to myself?

If you thought throwing an alley oop from one player to another was tricky this one is even trickier and highly recommended for you to attempt on the break or a wide open lane.  To execute this move push the left stick towards the rim and press X and A (X and O on the PS3)

For more NBA 2k13 tips and tricks see our other posing here.


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  1. What are the controls in throwing an alley oop? For PC :)

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    • tab + Numpad 0 (L or A / S / D / W chooses
      recipient, point at rim for oop-to-self)

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  2. For the ps3 it is x and square. Not x and circle

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  3. i hope it works otherwise it is bullshit.. but if it does perhaps it is not bad and maybe I’ll post some videos for this site and get a couple subscribes u know bitches

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  4. How can you dunk the alley oop when another player throws it in my player black top?

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  5. if my teamate has the ball and we running down the court how do i ask him or call for an alley opp so he could throw the ball so i can dunk it on the xbox 360

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    • All you do is press the jump and call for ball button at the same time.

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  6. how do you alley opp on nba 2k13 on xbox

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  7. how do do in on keyboard?
    please help!

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  8. How do you throw an alley oop pass of the back board to yourself on the wii console?

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  9. how do you catch an alley oop from cpu in career mode on ps3

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  10. How do you make alley oop on PSP(2k13)

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  11. If I press X + A in Xbox, should I press somethink else to dunk?

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