I hate trying to rate dunks like this one by Harrison Barnes. It was obviously a sick dunk, but this is about dunking ON people. Ilyasova was there enough for me to give Barnes the nod, but I can't give him as many nasty faces as someone that put his junk in the defender's face.
Last edited by StroShow4 : 01-27-2013 at 04:14 PM.
Barnes' dunk is fantastic, but it wasn't a poster, imo.
It's so good that it deserves to be the daily 'poster' if there's no poster from yesterday... If there was a poster, even if it's not very good, it deserves a nod over Barnes's dunk. Mostly because one filled the requirement while the other didn't really.
I say Ersan squared him up, jumped, contested, and was not behind him. I would not select Millsap's dunk over his just because Hibbert made contact with a scrunched up off arm. If someone printed a poster of Barnes' dunk, Ersan would be right there, arm outstretched, taking what Barnes gives him.
I agree that since this is a "poster" thread, it wouldn't be a 10 because it was missing the nasty filth that comes with overpowering someone by going directly over the top of them, but I do not believe any of that type of filth occurred yesterday.
Re: -StroShow's Daily Poster Thread 2012/13 (New Season, New Thread!)-
Everyone’s idea of what constitutes a “poster” dunk is different. Some consider a poster to be any jam during which a defender is on the scene. Others suggest that there has to be contact. Many take a more literal approach to the term and pass judgment based on whether or not the dunk would look good on a bedroom wall. The best definition I’ve ever been able to come up with is as follows: any dunk in which a defender is between the dunker and the basket while the dunker is in the air.
Even when utilizing this definition, determining what is and what isn’t a poster remains an imperfect science. What is the precise meaning of “between,” for instance? Must the defender completely obstruct the path of the dunker, or can he be off to the side?
When it comes time for me to make such a decision, I tend to become an advocate of the eyeball test. If it looks like the man got posterized, then he probably got posterized. In the case of Harrison Barnes vs Ersan Ilyasova, it looked like Ersan got posterized. Nastily.
Having considered the dunk a poster, I must now rate it. Let me just say that this is the most difficult type of jam for me to assess. It was absolutely spectacular — one of the most incredible dunks I’ve seen this season — but it wasn’t a straight up facial. In this particular forum, contact matters. A 9/10 is the highest score I’ve ever given to a “fly-by” type dunk, and that’s what I’m going to give this one.