Anthony Slater's articles from The Oklahoman

  • New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.

  • OKC Thunder to face Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker in preseason home game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A couple preseasons ago, the Thunder traveled overseas and made a stop in Istanbul, facing Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker in a friendly exhibition. This preseason, Fenerbache is returning the favor, traveling stateside to face the Thunder. The game will be played on October 9th in Oklahoma...

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams will not compete with the New Zealand national team this summer

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Earlier this summer, Enes Kanter was left off the Turkish national team for what he labeled "political reasons." A few days later, Serge Ibaka was left off the Spanish national team for roster budgeting reasons (Nikola Mirotic took the club's only spot for a naturalized citizen). Now there's...

  • OKC Thunder: Why it's unlikely Mike Miller lands on the Thunder's roster

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers executed a cash-dump deal on Sunday night, shipping Brendon Haywood and Mike Miller into Portland's cap space and getting a trade exception in return. Haywood and his non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract will assuredly be cut in the coming days. Miller's $2.85...

  • Thunder roundtable: Four questions on the offseason and the upcoming campaign

    Compiled by Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    1. Which training camp storyline intrigues you most with the Thunder? Darnell Mayberry (beat writer): Who will be the starting shooting guard and center. We grew accustomed to Scott Brooks' way of doing things after seven seasons. His starting lineup was incredibly consistent and as a...

  • Is the Thunder getting orange jerseys?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A few days ago, the Indiana Pacers announced a new alternative jersey that set the Twitter world aflame. The threads, to be worn in select games next season, have ‘Hickory’ on the front — an ode to the legendary sports movie Hoosiers. On Wednesday night, new alternative jerseys for every NBA team...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC Thunder players, coaches meet up at UCLA for workouts

    BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    On Monday morning, Durant and Westbrook went through a workout together on UCLA's campus — under the watchful eye of Donovan — navigating through some individual shooting and skill drills. By Tuesday morning, in that same gym near Beverly Hills, the two superstars were joined by a load of...

  • Thunder players hold offseason meet-up, workout in Los Angeles

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Thunder returns nearly its entire roster from last season. It didn't add a single player in free agency. Three of its core players -- Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison -- have been in Oklahoma City since the franchise's inaugural season. But in many ways next...

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant (foot) increases activity during offseason workout with Russell Westbrook

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    One day after testing his surgically repaired foot during Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game in Seattle, Kevin Durant was back in a more comfortable realm, cranking up his offseason activity on the basketball court. And he had some star-studded company. On Monday morning,...

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant participates in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    With each passing week, it seems Kevin Durant and his surgically repaired foot are getting closer to full-contact hoops action. Our latest sign came on an MLB baseball field. On Sunday, Durant was back in Seattle, participating in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game. The contest was...

  • NBA: Recapping another busy offseason

    By Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Another eventful NBA offseason has hit its annual quiet point. Here’s our recap of all the various ongoings of the past month:

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams continues busy summer with Nick Collison bro-trip

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Following his second NBA season, and with more time than expected on his hands this summer, Steven Adams has already had quite the offseason. At least that’s what the various social media snapshots would indicate. Soon after the Thunder’s season completed in mid-April, Adams took a trip back...

  • OKC Thunder: Perry Jones traded to the Celtics in a cost-cutting move

    anthony slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending the 6-foot-11 forward and a second-round pick to the Boston Celtics.

  • OKC Thunder: A look at the Thunder's 2015-16 payroll player-by-player

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Enes Kanter match is now official. The 4-year, $70 million offer sheet he signed with the Blazers is transferred over to the Thunder. And with it, OKC now has a roster filled to the brim. Some potential moves could change things in the coming weeks — Steve Novak and Perry Jones have...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Enes Kanter rank among highest paid NBA centers?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    With his recent big money deal, Enes Kanter became the third-highest paid player on the Thunder, making $16.4 million in the first year of his max deal. That number also vaults Kanter up into a tie with Greg Monroe for the sixth-highest paid center in the NBA.


Anthony Slater

Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. He's a hoops fanatic and, this past season, served as a key contributor to The Oklahoman's NBA coverage, consistently blogging about the Thunder and attending nearly every home game.