LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers posterizes former teammate Kevin Love in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 21, 2022.

Posterized is North American slang[1] derived from an action in the game of basketball, in which the offensive player performs a slam dunk over a defending player in a play that is spectacular and athletic enough to warrant reproduction in a printed poster.[2] The term was originated from Julius Erving, whose high-flying style of play inspired the term. Posterized is also used infrequently to describe similar events in other sports,[3] and it has made its way into business writing.[4]

One of the most famous examples of a player being "posterized" occurred during the 2000 Summer Olympics. 6-foot-6 Vince Carter, playing for Team USA, dunked over 7-foot-2 Frédéric Weis of France. The play was dubbed the "dunk of death".[5]

Another famous example was Brandon Knight being dunked on by DeAndre Jordan.


  1. ^ "NBA: Season of the Brick". The Washington Times. November 22, 1996.
  2. ^ "Washingtonpost.com: Great Shot! Jordan's Best Amazingly Goes One Better". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2023-04-24.
  3. ^ "Jaguars, Brunell Stand on Wobbly Foundation", Chicago Tribune, Jan 3, 1999
  4. ^ "Team Lucent Tries To 'Be Like Mike'," Communications Today, August 11, 1999
  5. ^ Wallace, Michael; Peterson, Rob (25 September 2015). "In a Single Bound". ESPN.com. Retrieved 25 September 2015.