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Posterized is North American slang[1] derived from an action in the game of basketball, in which the offensive player "dunks" 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.

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.[3]

Posterized is also used infrequently to describe similar events in other sports[4] and has made its way into business writing.[5]


  1. ^ "NBA: Season of the Brick," The Washington Times, November 22, 1996
  2. ^ "Great Shot! Jordan's Best Amazingly Goes One Better", Washington Post Jun 7, 1991
  3. ^ Wallace, Michael; Peterson, Rob (25 September 2015). "In a Single Bound". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Jaguars, Brunell Stand on Wobbly Foundation", Chicago Tribune, Jan 3, 1999
  5. ^ "Team Lucent Tries To 'Be Like Mike'," Communications Today, August 11, 1999