Anthony Slater is joining The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com's coverage team for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This past season, Slater served as a key contributor to our NBA coverage, consistently blogging about the Thunder and attending nearly every home game.
During the postseason, he helped coordinate on-site coverage, running the back end of our website and contributing occasional feature stories for the print publication, including a front page piece on Derek Fisher that was highlighted during an ABC broadcast of one of the games.
Slater, 23, grew up in Northern California, attending Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012.
He's in his second year with the paper, quickly working his way up from summer intern to sports blogger and eventually web editor. Over those 24 months, he's compiled more than 300 bylines on the website, consistently driving traffic and expanding readership.
He joins Darnell Mayberry on the beat. Mayberry is a seven-year Oklahoman veteran who has covered the NBA in OKC since its inception.
You can follow them on Twitter @anthonyVslater and @DarnellMayberry.
Here's a few links to some of Slater's other basketball-related work:
-Comprehensive feature story on Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash, who, through his mother and the game of basketball, overcame an early health scare and rough neighborhood to earn a college scholarship.
-Recent story on Maryland-based strength trainer Alan Stein, who was a key figure in the development of Kevin Durant during his formative years.
-Story from the 2011 NBA Finals, detailing the parallel paths Scott Brooks and Erik Spoelstra took to the league's showcase stage.