NBA 2K22 update 1.9 patch notes: Steal nerfed, CPU play calling changes

Connor Knudsen. Last updated: Jan 11, 2022
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New patch notes are here for NBA 2K22. Update 1.9 brings some changes to CPU gameplay and a big nerf to steals that you won’t want to miss.

NBA 2K22 is heading into its 4th season before too long, with Season 3 bringing some Winter flair to the courts.

But, before we head into the new season, devs have released some new patch notes that should now be live across all platforms. These address steals, CPU playcalling, and provide player likeness updates for some of the league’s rising stars.

Here’s a full breakdown of what you can expect from update 1.9.

Steals nerfed in NBA 2K22 update 1.9

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Defenses are going to have to be much tighter after this update.

These latest patch notes are chock-full of different players that will now look more realistic, but the star of these notes are the changes made to how steals work in-game.

Before now, intercepting long passes was a massive part of full-court games. Fastbreaks are key and players were constantly disrupting them thanks to some badges and positioning.

Now, that won’t be so easy. According to the official blog post from 2K: “The user is now required to press the steal button in order to successfully intercept a pass.”

This means that now, in addition to badges and positioning, players will also have to time when they hit the steal button when attempting to disrupt a play. In short, stealing just got a whole lot tougher.

NBA 2K22 Update 1.9 patch notes

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These patch notes are worth checking out. Did your favorite player get a likeness update?

But, steals aren’t the only thing changing in update 1.9. Player likeness changes are coming for many, and some other big updates are coming for MyTeam and MyCareer for both current and next-gen consoles.

Below is the full list of changes, per 2K Games.

Next-Gen Patch Update 1.9 – 01.11.22


  • Season 4 is coming this Friday, January 14th!  Are you ready for glory?
  • The following players and coaches have received new scans and/or had general likeness or tattoo updates made to them:
  • New Scans:
    • Rebecca Allen
    • Juhann Begarin
    • Monique Billings
    • Brandon Boston Jr.
    • Cierra Burdick
    • Justin Champagnie
    • Natasha Cloud
    • Elena Delle Donne
    • Blake Dietrick
    • Chelsea Dungee
    • Candice Dupree
    • Megan Gustafson
    • Tyasha Harris
    • Bria Hartley
    • Sam Hauser
    • Walt Hopkins
    • Betnijah Laney
    • Isaiah Livers
    • Marina Mabrey
    • Erica McCall
    • Kia Nurse
    • Shey Peddy
    • Katie Lou Samuelson
    • Day’Ron Sharpe
    • Jericho Sims
    • Odyssey Sims
    • Stephanie Talbot
    • Alyssa Thomas
    • Brodric Thomas
    • Isaiah Todd
    • Kia Vaughn
    • Megan Walker
    • Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
    • Duane Washington Jr.
    • Sydney Wiese
    • Courtney Williams
  • General Updates:
    • Jaylen Brown
    • Mike D’Antoni
    • Ayo Dosunmu
    • Mitch Kupchak
    • Eric Money
    • Candace Parker
    • Jordan Poole
    • Otto Porter Jr.
    • Derrick Rose
    • Jeff Ruland
    • Steve Stipanovich
  • Tattoo Updates:
    • Saddiq Bey
    • Aaron Henry
    • DaQuan Jeffries
    • Tre Jones
    • Saben Lee
    • Scottie Lewis
    • Sandro Mamukelashvili
    • Naji Marshall
    • Jaden McDaniels
    • Sean McDermott
    • Leilani Mitchell
    • Paul Reed
    • Terry Rozier
    • D’Angelo Russell
    • Lamar Stevens
    • Xavier Tillman
    • McKinley Wright IV


  • Added more variety to the CPU play-calling
  • The user is now required to press the steal button in order to successfully intercept a pass


  • Various stability and performance improvements have been made throughout the City


  • Continued fixes and adjustments have been made to improve the overall quest experience and ensure that all quests are tracking and completing properly
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause long loading times going into the first affiliation game on the Knights rooftop court


  • Resolved an end of game issue when Clutch Time games ended with a sudden death free throw in overtime
  • Addressed occasional clipping issues that could occur with certain cameras in Clutch Time games


  • Continued stability fixes and improvements have been made for MyNBA, MyNBA Online, and The W

Current Gen Patch Update 1.9 – 01.11.22

  • Season 4 is coming this Friday, January 14th!  Are you ready for glory?

Updated Player Likeness:

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    • Isaac Okoro
    • Malachi Flynn
    • Jalen Johnson
    • Arnoldas Kulboka
    • McKinley Wright IV
    • Mac McClung
    • Luke Jackson
    • Pepe Sanchez
    • Lamond Murray
    • Oliver Miller
    • Grant Long
    • Xavier Tillman
    • Naji Marshall
    • Anthony Lamb
    • Jaden Springer
    • Santi Aldama
    • Isaiah Todd
    • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
    • Devin Booker
    • Killian Hayes
    • Trey Murphy III
    • JT Thor
    • Jared Butler
    • Luka Garza
    • Sandro Mamukelashvili
    • Aaron Wiggins
    • Scottie Lewis
    • Desmond Bane
    • Corey Kispert
  • WNBA 
    • Sabrina Ionescu
    • Yolanda Griffith
    • Candace Parker


  • The user is now required to press the steal button in order to successfully intercept a pass.


  • Continued stability fixes and improvements have been made for the MyCAREER and Neighborhood experiences.