NBA Players We Love to See Posterized
Outside of a buzzer-beating game winner, what other play makes 20,000 fans get out of their seats at the same time?
The poster dunk. A posterization, or a play where one players dunks over the top of a defender, is one of the most exciting plays that happen in basketball.
It could easily constitute as a form of abuse and could also be considered as a felony if the defender wants to press charges. While some of these dunks will get repelled or taken back by a foul, when it happens, it brings immediate electricity in the air.
A posterization could even go as far as changing the outcome of the game. It could easily swing momentum if a game is close or a team needs to make a run. There's no better way to fire up your teammates and fans than jumping so high over a defender that you dunk the ball on the top of their head.
Maybe world leaders should just watch players dunk on each other. There's no better way of connecting with someone you either don't know or don't like than watching an amazing basketball play occur.
There also happen to be certain players that we enjoy seeing get dunked on more than other players. Let's take a look at the 10 players we love to see getting dunked on.
It's not a heavy portfolio.
Dunking on LeBron James is more than just completing the act. It could also get blown up to epic proportions, such as when Jordan Crawford, who was in college at the time, dunked on LeBron James during a pickup game over the 2009 offseason.
The dunk was reported to happen, but there was no video of it somehow. Something was fishy, so we did a little investigating and found out that Nike, the company who sponsors James, went as far as taking away any video footage that caught a sight of the dunk.
James allegedly instructed the officials to confiscate the tape in question.
As one of the NBA's most despised players, it is always a moment of triumph for the Cleveland Cavaliers fanbase and the critics of LeBron to catch evidence of him being less than superhuman.
It's always hilarious just to see JaVale McGee in the news.
Seeing McGee get posterized is just another way of getting a view at one of the NBA's least intelligent players. JaVale has become a staple of ESPN's Not Top Ten as he seems to make at least one boneheaded play in each game.
Whether he's running back on defense while his team continues to play offense or screaming like a banshee, McGee is always sure to provide some form of entertainment that usually results in a horrible play.
Seeing him get dunked on falls into that category. McGee has had some of the nicer blocks we've recently seen, but he's also been dunked on quite a few times. Even with that insane wingspan of his that's halfway to eight feet, McGee can still get caught sleeping.
The Los Angeles Clippers have certainly become a more popular NBA team, but we can't say the same for their power forward Blake Griffin.
Griffin is beginning to lose a lot of respect from casual NBA fans and even other players. DeMarcus Cousins is one of a few players that has called out Griffin for his antics on the court.
In particular, Cousins is pointing out Griffin's dirty play and his flopping, which was also brought up by Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes.
Fans are beginning to notice, too. They're already abject to players flopping and they certainly don't like to see it from someone who holds his own as one of the game's greatest athletes.
Seeing a player like Griffin go down from minimal contact and actually getting whistles out of it only continues to annoy opposing players and the fans.
Thus the reason why it's now become enjoyable to see Griffin get dunked on. Griffin will have at least one posterized dunk per game, but he will get his from time to time.
A player who isn't regularly regarded as classy or a pleasure to be around, Kevin Garnett has based a career on annoying his opponents as much as possible.
It's also annoyed the fans, which is why seeing Garnett get dunked on has become a favorite pastime of the NBA community.
Garnett is a surefire Hall of Famer. He's averaged a double-double nine times, led the league in rebounding three times, won the 2004 NBA MVP, was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year and is an NBA champion with the 2008 Boston Celtics. He's had a career that so many players could only dream of, and we give him respect for that.
He's an extremely emotional player that has been so successful because of the intensity he lets out on the court, but it's also one of the most annoying qualities of a basketball player.
Garnett is constantly throwing dirty screens and has seemed to pick up the trash talk to an astronomical level since he joined Boston.
A late addition after witnessing what he did against J.J. Barea last year, Andrew Bynum's become a whole lot easier not to like, and that's the reason why he's among nine other players that we enjoy seeing get dunked on.
The play I'm speaking of is Bynum's cheap-shot elbow that he gave to Barea while the 5'11" point guard was airborne. It's not the first time, either. Bynum has also thrown elbows into Michael Beasley and Gerald Wallace.
If you play dirty, then you should expect for the masses to enjoy you getting clowned by way of a posterization.
Bynum has finally come into his own and is now averaging 18 points and 12 boards per game, but it still doesn't diminish the fact that it is always enjoyable to see the Los Angeles Lakers center end up on the wrong end of a furious dunk.
If a vote were to be taken on this article, I'd be led to believe that Cleveland Cavaliers forward-center Anderson Varejao is the player that most fans love seeing get dunked on.
Did you see that Dwyane Wade dunk? It's enough that Wade dunked on him, but he also went as far as stepping over him when he didn't even need to. It's disrespect on top of disrespect, and we have nothing negative to say about it.
Why all the hate on Varejao? I'm not hating his game because he's actually a good rebounder and defender. I'm hating the player because he's constantly flopping, sometimes relies too heavily on drawing charges instead of playing defense and throwing himself at the sign of minimal contact from players half his size.
If you have a haircut that makes you look like Sideshow Bob with a perm, you're already going to get ridiculed. If you flop around and utilize it more than playing traditional defense, then you're really pushing the envelope and you're just asking for fans to cheer when you get dunked on.
He's the most hated player in the NBA, of course he'd end up on a list of the 10 players that you love seeing get dunked on.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Kris Humphries was a journeyman who was attempting to find his niche. He never performed well enough to earn a spot on a rotation and would end up playing on four teams between 2004 and 2010.
It wasn't until he joined the New Jersey Nets that he would finally perform well enough to earn a solid job.
However, he wasn't receiving attention for averaging a double-double for the first time and coming up short in Most Improved Player voting. Humphries was getting noticed because of his courtship of reality television star Kim Kardashian. The public was still quiet on Humphries until one extremely loud divorce later.
Humphries and Kardashian would get married and then divorce 72 days later. Then we saw the reality show where Humphries was frequently seen and began to grow with rage. Why? We're not really sure. There's just something about a giant going out with a mannequin that really seems to grind the gears of the public.
As a result, Humphries was voted as the league's most despised player, which also shoots you near the top of players we like to see get dunked on.
A player with a personality and mouth that far exceeds his overall talent, Joakim Noah is just one of a few players on this list with something that looks like it could be alive on their head.
Joakim Noah is currently in his fifth year in the league after being taken with the ninth pick in the 2007 NBA draft by his current team, the Chicago Bulls. Noah would start out slowly, but would explode to the tune of 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game in his third season. He'd go on to average a career-high 12 points the next season, and it was enough for the Bulls to give a lot of money to marginal talent.
Of course centers do get paid a lot more in today's NBA, but is it still worth $12 million per year to a player who has no offensive repertoire, plays above-average defense and just played in only 48 games?
Sources say no, but I'm not a general manager.
The reason we love seeing Noah get dunked on is simply because he's a trash talker who does more with his lips than his hands. Take, for example, when he criticized LeBron James dancing on the sidelines during a game where James' Cavaliers were blowing out Noah's Chicago Bulls.
Instead of complaining about the showboating, try not being down by 20 points in the first place.
Once again, talent takes a backseat to talking.
You're probably asking why is Kwame Brown among the 10 players that we love seeing get dunked on.
It's not something he did at a moment, it's his entire career that has warranted us into enjoying to see the legendary draft bust and former No. 1 pick get slammed on.
Taken by the Washington Wizards with the first pick in the 2001 NBA draft, Brown would immediately disappoint in his rookie season after averaging only five points and four rebounds per in 57 games.
He'd play in 80 games next year, 20 which he started, and would increase his stats to seven points and five boards. The next year, he'd average over 10 points per game.
It would be the last time. Brown's highest output for the rest of his career would be eight points per game. He'd average over seven boards per game once and has now been a part of six teams, including four in the past three years.
Continuing this gauntlet of disappointment, he recently signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors that would warrant him $7 million per year.
Instead of living up to it, he'd play nine games and get injured. He was averaging six points and six boards per before getting sent to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Warrior fans now have something to relate with to Laker fans: a love of hating Kwame Brown.
Kendrick Perkins has certainly become the fan favorite.
Well, not exactly fans as in people that like and support you. I mean fans as in people who like to see you get dunked on. If there was a Kama Sutra on getting dunked on, Kendrick Perkins was the editor, writer and illustrator.
A victim of some of the league's worst poster dunks in recent dunking history, Perkins has earned the label of being a player that people to see get dunked on for two reasons.
Reason No. 1 is the fact that Perkins isn't a likable guy. He doesn't appear to be friendly judging by the permanent scowl etched across his face, and he's also one of those players who enjoys using excessive contact to make their point.
Reason No. 2? The dunks that happen on him. Perkins getting dunked on by Blake Griffin and Dwyane Wade were arguably the two best posterizations of the past two years. Griffin's slam from far away and Wade's poetry in motion slam were works of art that we haven't seen since the days of a prime Vince Carter.
Here's to hoping that other fantastic dunkers bestow their presence on the top of Perkins' head.