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This article is about dramatic athletic performance on offense. For the graphics technique, see Posterization.

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.

An example 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.

A second example is "The Dunk" in which New York Knicks' player John Starks dunked over Horace Grant and Michael Jordan during Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals.

Posterized is also used infrequently to describe similar events in other sports[3] and has made its way into business writing.[4]


  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. ^ "Jaguars, Brunell Stand on Wobbly Foundation", Chicago Tribune, Jan 3, 1999
  4. ^ "Team Lucent Tries To 'Be Like Mike'," Communications Today, August 11, 1999