The Best Facials Of The 2009/10 NBA Season
Every sport has its very own signature highlight play. Baseball has home runs, the NFL has touchdowns, NASCAR has eight-car high-speed wrecks, and the NBA has the slam dunk. And nothing gets a crowd going (or deflated) more than someone serving up a soul-crushing facial on a poor defender who decided to challenge his opponent’s dunk but wound up on a poster instead.
The 2009/10 NBA season certainly had its fair share of “posterizations”—here’s a look at the top five (plus a few honorable mentions for good measure).
Dwyane Wade on Anderson Varejao
The most amazing part of this dunk might be that Varejao actually challenged Wade’s dunk, instead of just flopping like he usually does.
Amare Stoudemire on Anthony Tolliver
The reaction of the away crowd tells the story here. Plus, check out Tolliver’s teammate Corey Maggette smiling on the bench after the dunk at 0:49. Ouch.
Corey Brewer on Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher is old, slow and short. Corey Brewer is young, quick and long. This is what happen when those two types of player meet at the rim (or under the rim, in Fisher’s case).
Derrick Rose on Goran Dragic
After destroying the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs, we almost forgot about how badly Derrick Rose crushed Dragic on this play. Almost.
Andrew Bogut on Glen Davis
If this dunk was on anyone else it’d just be “meh,” but when you’ve got Big Baby staggering and sliding out of bounds like Lindsay Lohan leaving a bar at 6am, it’s the proverbial cherry on the sundae.
Honorable mentions: Paul Pierce on Chris Bosh’s manhood (literally—that’s what happens when you lead with your knee), Ty Lawson over DJ Mbenga, Carmelo Anthony on Paul Millsap. This one wasn’t in the NBA but we had to include it: High schooler Phil Pressey (son of ex-NBA player Paul Pressey) dunks on 6’8″ Tony Mitchell—Pressey is 5’8″!