NBA 2K21 How to fix Lag,Crash, FPS Drops and Stuttering?

NBA 2K21 is a pretty heavy game in terms of graphics. As a result, the game is showing a lot of stuttering and lag which is obviously pretty annoying.

Let’s see how we can get this lag fixed. Since a lot of users are complaining about lag and stutters.

NBA 2K21 How to fix Lag, Crash, FPS Drops, and Stuttering?

Just follow these simple steps in order to get a performance boost and reduce lag and stutters while playing.

If you want to know the best Graphics settings for NBA 2K21 click here.

Check the System Requirements for NBA 2K21:

A lot of times we just tend to ignore the requirements of the game. You need the minimum requirements to barely run the game and the recommended one to at least get a smooth experience:


    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 / AMD FX-4100
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450; ATI HD 7770
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 110 GB available space


    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-8370
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 770; ATI R9 270
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 110 GB available space

Always keep Updating Drivers:

Driver updates are always necessary. The updates will always be an improvement on the previous versions. Hence make sure you have the video drivers always updated. You can update your drivers from below :

Game Bar and Game Mode (Windows 10):

The Xbox Game Bar has caused performance issues in games before. So we recommend that you have it turned Off. While the Game Mode will help you with the performance of a Game and so we recommend that you have it turned On.

  • Type Settings in Windows Search Bar below
  • Click on Gaming
  • Select Game Bar from the left panel
  • Turn it Off
  • Select Game Mode from the left panel again
  • Turn in On
  • Restart your game

Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay to be Disabled (Nvidia users only):

The Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay comes with a lot of Nvidia Services which increases CPU Usage which could have an impact on the performance of a game. Hence turning it Off would give you a smoother experience.

  • Start Nvidia Geforce Experience
  • Click on the Settings icon on the top right
  • Select the General Tab
  • Turn Off In-Game Overlay
  • Restart your PC

Working with NVIDIA Settings (Nvidia Users Only):

If you own an NVIDIA graphics card, you can make the following changes to your NVIDIA settings in order to get better FPS and smoother gameplay :

  • Right-Click on your desktop and select  NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings.
  • Select Program Settings and look for NBA 2K21 on the list.
  • Set Preferred refresh rate to “Highest available”.
  • Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  • Set Threaded optimization to ON.
  • Set Power Management Mode to “Prefer maximum performance”.
  • Set Vertical sync to OFF.
  • Click on Apply and close the window.

Verify NBA2K21 Game Files on Steam :

Steam gives us the option to verify and fix files of a particular game. There could be a possibility that the corrupted file is causing the lag. So following these steps will help fix any corrupted files and make the game a lot smoother. It will also help fix any kind of problems regarding the game Crashing.

  • Open Steam and select Library 
  • Right Click on NBA2K21 and select Properties
  • Then go to the Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity Of Game Files. Wait for a few minutes and then launch the game again.

If you follow these steps I can assure you that you will definitely have a smoother experience with NBA 2K21. If the issue is not resolved after following all these steps then it could probably be a problem from the developers’ side. You might have to wait for a patch fix then.

If the game crashes every time you start a match in MyTeam mode then click here

If the game is Crashing on the character creation screen then click here

1 thought on “NBA 2K21 How to fix Lag,Crash, FPS Drops and Stuttering?”

  1. Hello Arya
    i have bought nba 2k21 last week. Since downloading it the game is chrasing when it loads any gameplay like quickplay, myteam my player. I ve tried everyting but the game is still crashing after it loads quick game. Can the problem be in the video card I have nvidia geforce 1050 and Nvidia Geforce Experience can t find the game?

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