In basketball, when a guy dunks over or, in some cases, through another guy, they call that “getting posterized.” The term is a reference to the fact that, if you took a photo at the right moment, the image would make an awesome poster fit for a kid’s (or a grownup’s) bedroom wall.
If you’re a hardcore basketball fan, then obviously you know that already. On the other hand, if you’re not a hardcore basketball fan, then you just learned something. And to continue the learning process, here are 21 animated GIFs of dudes getting posterized—just to make sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.
We bring you this list for two reasons. The first is because we want to get everyone up to speed with this bit of hoops lingo in advance of what may be the next big internet fad: random people getting “posterized” in unexpected everyday places. The second is simply that GIFs of basketball players getting posterized are awesome.
So, ready to go? Good. Let’s hit it.
I don't know who the Arkansas State Red Wolves' opponents were, here, because I'm not an expert on the uniforms of mid-major college basketball teams. I do know, however, that this dunk was absolutely sick.
21. Sun Belt Monster Jam
Markel Brown is just one of the reasons why Oklahoma State had such a good year in 2012-13.
20. Markel Posterizes Mizzou
Getting posterized is bad enough. But then to get showered in broken glass? That's just humiliating.
19. Old-School Glass-Breaker
Ivan Johnson found out the hard way that getting posterized by Indiana big man Roy Hibbert is like getting hit by a Mack truck.
18. Hibbert Posterizes Johnson
Even guys with funny names (like Iman Shumpert here) get a moment of glory now and again.
17. Shumpert Posterizes D-Wade
Two is a row against D-Wade? This guy is just a poster waiting to happen.
16. Taj Gibson Posterizes D-Wade
Poor Jason Terry never had a chance with this 3-on-1. Give him credit for the effort, though.
15. LeBron Posterizes Jason Terry
Chris Bosh may play third fiddle in Miami, but he's more than capable of embarrassing an opponent from time to time.
14. Lakers Get Boshterized
Reverse tomahawk dunk on Andre Kirilenko? That poster belongs on a billboard.
13. Baron Davis Posterizes AK47
Brandon Bass, ladies and gentleman. What a name.
12. Brandon Bass Posterizes Brook Lopez
Today everyone is saying Roy Hibbert should have been in the game to guard the paint in the waning moments of Game 1 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, and that, if he had, LeBron might not have scored that easy game-winning layup.
But, um, it's not like Hibbert is invincible or anything.
11. KD Posterizes Hibbert
If the posterization meme really takes off, you'll have these kids to thank. They started it.
10. The Original Hallway Posterization
You've gotta commend Charissa Thompson here. Not just any sports anchor would let a huge basketball player plow into her for the sake of comedy.
9. DeAndre Jordan Posterizes Charissa Thompson
This dude from Cal State Fullerton totally annihilates his opponent.
8. Big West Posterization
This ain't UConn anymore, Emeka.
7. Kobe Posterizes Okafor
Blake Griffin might just be the most prolific maker of posters in the NBA today.
6. Griffin Posterizes Lakers
Here's a philosophical question for you: is it even a dunk if the guy doesn't touch the rim?
Think about that and get back to me.
5. Griffin Again
This is P.J. Hairston's way of suggesting the Longhorns should probably just stick to football.
4. Tar Heel Postermaker
Behold the dunk of the year. If you haven't heard the (WWE announcer) Jim Ross version of this clip, you haven't lived.
Okay, that's hyperbole. But seriously, the Jim Ross version is great. You should check it out.
3. The DeAndre Jordan Dunk
How was this guy only playing Division II ball?
2. Kwame Alexander
This dunk by Vince Carter at the 2000 Summer Olympics might just be the greatest of all-time. The French press called it "le dunk de la mort"—which of course means "the dunk of death."
Is that awesome or what?