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There is nothing quite like a huge poster dunk. It is equally humiliating for the player being put on the poster as it is invigorating for the player doing the posterization. They get the crowd into the game and can swing momentum in a major way. Here is my list for the top 5 posters of all time.
5.) Stromile Smith over Tyrus Thomas
This whole thing was just very embarrassing for Tyrus Thomas. First, he bites hard on a pump fake, then he gets absolutely yammed on. The whole combination was just brutal. What I also really like about this is that you can hear the home crowd and their collective embarrassment for Tyrus Thomas. (The green Bulls jerseys are a nice touch too.)
4.) Dwyane Wade over Kendrick Perkins
6’4″ Dwyane Wade spins Serge Ibaka into confusion and then throws a two handed hammer over 6’10” Kendrick Perkins. Wade didn’t even give Perkins a chance with this one. What really puts this over the top is the perpetually sad look on Kendrick Perkins’ face.
3.) J.R. Smith over Gary Neal
J.R. takes off from about a country mile away and almost soars over Gary Neal. I’m fairly certain J.R. could have dunked this from the 3 point line. Neal tried to lessen the pain and go for the charge instead of the block, but no matter what he chose his attempt was going to be futile.
2.) Blake Griffin over literally anyone
When it comes to posters, Blake Griffin might be the best in the league. Whether he is throwing down an alley-oop or just straight up tossing one on someone’s head, it is going to be spectacular.
1.) Vince Carter over Frederic Weis
We are going international on this one. I’m not positive that this can be considered a poster in the truest sense of the word, but Vince Carter jumped over Frederic Weis. I think that you could call this an act of war if you really wanted to. Thankfully France did not declare war on the U.S.A. after this dunk, but I would have understood if they did.
LeBron James over Draymond Green
If LeBron had finished this then it for sure would have made the top 5. However, he didn’t so it will live in the honorable mentions for the rest of time.
LeBron James over Jason Terry
I kind of forgot about this until the end, but I couldn’t figure out where to put it into the top 5. With that being said, this sequence is absolutely absurd and embarrassing for Jason Terry.
DeAndre Jordan over Brandon Knight
This was another late edition, shoutout Jakob for reminding me. This poster is about as cruel as they come. First of all, it’s an oop. Second of all, Brandon Knight ended up on the ground. Finally, DeAndre Jordan had to step over Knight afterward. Truly an incredible poster.