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.

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
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