POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…

VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.

VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.

VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…


  1. tagabukidph says:

    being posterized means if that particular action was captured and turned into a printed media (e.g.: poster), the defender will always be part of the picture despite having the dunker as the main focus, regardless if he’s back is turned against the offensive player or it’s an in-your-face slam. best example is john starks posterizing the bulls.

    in-your-face dunk, on the other hand, is when the defender challenges the dunker face-to-face, with the latter getting the best of the former. the usual victims of this play are centers with high reputation as shot blockers. notable in-your-face dunks are michael jordan against ewing, jordan against dikembe mutombo, and grant hill against alonzo mourning. can’t think of any significant in-your-face slams for the past decade since IN MY OPINION, there aren’t any legitimate centers as of late. sorry…

  2. jdub455 says:

    nice one barnes!!! that was nasty!!! superman has left the bldg….

  3. neitel says:

    Kevin Durant will become the next young NBA player to reach 25K.

  4. skip2mylou says:

    You gotta be kidding me right? Blake Griffin has ‘posterized’ MANY players in his short nba years!

  5. jean-pierre says:

    i believe for a dunk to be a posterizer, the defender has to at least try to block the dunker. Otherwise it isnt much of a posterized picture if the defender is just watching the dunker dunk. it’s is indeed that simple

  6. Blake says:

    The defender facing or having back to the attacker, either counts as a posterize. Otherwise you have to discount Vin Carters epic Olympic dunk, despite it being on of the greatest posters of all time.