Its been a month since the 2015-16 NBA came to a wild and historic end at Oracle Arena, and I, for one, am still shaking from it all. We saw things this season that shouldn't have been possible—like 31-year-old LeBron James morphing into a pterodactyl and swatting Golden State's chances at a second-straight NBA title off the glass. But that was just one of many poster-worthy moments, and the following are 25 insane pictures of other similar feats of posterization from the 2015-16 season. Warning: Some images feature NSFW levels of soul-snatching.
NBAE/Getty ImagesGarrett Ellwood
Paul Millsap saddles up John Henson
In January, Hawks forward Paul Millsap elevated and threw down a nasty one-hander on Milwaukee's John Henson. He then placed a bit and saddle on Henson, and rode him back to earth.
Nerlens Noel swats Melo in the lane
Nerlens Noel makes a few appearances in this collection due to his cartoonish combination of athleticism and length, which result in above-the-rim blocks that just Don't. Look. Possible. But here he was in January at Madison Square Garden, erasing a Carmelo Anthony tear drop in the lane vefore it even had a chance to live.
NBAE/Getty ImagesNathaniel S. Butler
Blake Griffin vanquishes Mason Plumlee
Another recurring face you'll see in this collection is Mason Plumlee, who is never afraid to rise and meet an opponent in the air at the cup. As a result, however, Plumlee ends up getting dunked on a lot.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo twists over the Celtics
Jared Sullinger is a stout force in the land against land-bound opponents, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 6'11" velociraptor with wings. So, advantage Giannis.
NBAE/Getty ImagesSteve Babineau
Hassan gets UP
Hassan Whiteside has joined Anthony Davis as one the league's elite rim protectors. And sometimes, as he did against 37-year-old Elton Brand in February, he defends that rim from the perimeter.
NBAE/Getty ImagesIssac Baldizon
Bismack says "No"
Bismack Biyombo evolved into a rebounding and shot-blocking monster over the 2016 Playoffs, and he gave the Cavaliers fits for a while when the teams met in the Eastern Conference Finals. One such moment was a block on LeBron James at the baseline. Officials called a foul, but all physical evidence suggests that was an awful call.
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Anthony Davis bends it back
Anthony Davis went reverse on 76ers guard Jerami Grant back in February, presumably because he knew it would look cooler.
Corey Brewer: a portrait of immediate regret
Any man who jumps with Aaron Gordon at the rim is a brave man. A brave, foolish man.
NBAE/Getty ImagesFernando Medina
LaMarcus Aldridge serves Giannis
No matter how athletic and talented you are, if you play enough games in the NBA, you will placed upon a poster. This basic truth of the league played out back in January, when LaMarcus Aldridge dunkaroo'd Giannis Antetokounmpo with some of his own medicine. You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself yammed upon.
Steven Adams exacts his revenge on Draymond
After having his bangles kicked about the court for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals, Steven Adams got his revenge on Draymond Green with a hammer dunk over the Warriors forward. It didn't reduce the swelling in Adams' nethers, but I'm sure it felt good.
Zach LaVine reminds Kyle Korver he is Kyle Korver
Bless Kyle Korver, to whom the basketball guards gifted the shooting ability of a Robin Hood and the athleticism of a rubber eraser.
NBAE/Getty ImagesJordan Johnson
Marvin Williams hangs one on Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson is a difficult mountain to climb, and there aren't many guys in the league with the hops to get up and over his neverending arms for a poster dunk. But Charlotte's Marvin Williams pulled the unlikely feat off in April, depositing some one-handed thunder through the rim and taking the Cavaliers rebound-machine for a ride.
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Harrison Barnes elevates for another L
The NBA Playoffs were televised purgatory for Harrison Barnes, who was looking to make his mark ahead of his upcoming free agency, and instead spent the better part of two months catching Ls and clanging wide open shots off the rim. His confidence was in tatters by the time the NBA Finals rolled around, and the final molecule of it was erased when he attempted to stop LeBron James at the rim in Game 4. It didn't work out.
'I might go DeMarcus Cousins out in public'
DeMarcus Cousins isn't exceptionally fast or athletic. But god help you if he gets a head of steam and the ball.
NBAE/Getty ImagesRocky Widner
Josh Richardson does Kyle Lowry dirty
Kyle Lowry's Eastern Conference semifinals was a jerky, stop-and-go affair of inconsistency and lionism. Sometimes, Lowry looked like a leader capable of carrying a team. Other times, he was getting wiped off the floor like loose McDonald's wrappers.
DeAndre Jordan mashes the Lakers
DeAndre Jordan could be most of this collection, honestly. Just incredibly photogenic with poster dunks.
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DeAndre Jordan baptizes Danny Green
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Shaun Livingston claims Richard Jefferson's soul
Of all the most insane, jump-off-the-couch moments from the 2016 NBA Finals, Shaun Livingston rising and extinguishing the remaining light in Richard Jefferson's eyes in Game 5 was the play that made me want to run outside and scream in the streets. I have no idea how Richard Jefferson didn't turn back into a pumpkin after this.
Lou Amundson doesn't know how he got here
He has so many questions, because, for the life of him, Lou Amundson has no idea how he found himself beneath this tall, flying man.
Anthony Davis mails souvenir to a fan
Markieff Morris became an unwilling donor to the "Balls for Fans" foundation after attempting to run one off the glass only to have his shot mailed priority into the crowd by New Orleans' resident swat artist.
NBAE/Getty ImagesBarry Gossage
Bosh gets washed
Bosh had it all lined up. He jumped at the right time. Everything was going according to plan. Then Giannis flushed it on him, because that is what Giannis does.
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DeAndre Jordan nearly goes Draymond
We didn't know the leg-kickery Draymond Green would aspire to this season way back in February, but looking at this DeAndre Jordan yam on Marcus Smart, Dray isn't the only dude who kicked someone in the face on the court this year.
The 2016 NBA Finals in one photo
This is it. This is the story of the entire last year of basketball, told in a single image: Curry streaking for a second straight title and going almost uncontested until the very end, when LeBron descends at the last second like a winged nightmare to swat it all away. In short, I love this photo.
NBAE/Getty ImagesGarrett Ellwood
There are other big playoff moments with prettier pictures, but no single play over the last season affected the game of basketball more directly than LeBron James' rundown block on Andre Iguodala in the final minutes of Game 7. Without this block, Iggy and the Warriors probably walk away with another Larry O'Brien trophy. With it, the Cavaliers become the first team to come back from a three-game deficit to win an NBA title.