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  • Emails in on Enes Kanter

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Enes Kanter is safely in the Thunder fold, after much debate over his four-year, $70-million contract. I wasn’t crazy about the Kanter contract, but how did the readers feel? Let’s let them tell us: David: “Max Deal Today, Bargain Tomorrow. I've assumed all along that this theory (fact) was...

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State...

  • Adam Silver: Changes to NBA playoff seeding likely starting next season

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that starting as early as next season playoff seeding will be based solely on the records of the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences. Division winners have previously earned automatic top four seeds entering the playoffs.

  • John Wall perspective on big NBA contracts, CBA: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Who's better: Washington Wizards guard John Wall or former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson? You can't tell by the money they're getting paid. Jackson received a five-year, $80 million contract from the Detroit Pistons this offseason and Wall used Jackson's deal to offer some perspective...

  • Thunder gets 'B' grade for Perry Jones trade to Celtics

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Thunder was able to trim some of its luxury tax to come by dealing Perry Jones III to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. So, who won the trade? Kevin Pelton of gives the Thunder a "B" grade and the Celtics an "A". From Pelton:  "I'm sure Oklahoma City was hoping to...

  • 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.

  • VIDEO: This guy nailed a Russell Westbrook impression and Westbrook loved it

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most animated and passionate players in the NBA. He's so expressive that even his off-court facial expressions have gone viral. Overseas hooper/self-proclaimed "social media icon" @BdotAdot5 paid homage to Westbrook...

  • Hasheem Thabeet ejected from NBA Summer League game

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was playing for the D-League Select Team this weekend in a Summer League game in Las Vegas and was ejected rather quickly. Thabeet picked up two quick technical fouls. Then he preceded to beat up a chair according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta...

  • 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...

  • Joel Embiid's potential season-ending injury not like Kevin Durant's says source

    Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid hasn't played a minute of NBA basketball and his career may already be in jeopardy. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, will have a second surgery on his right foot and is likely to miss all of the 2015-16 season, according...

  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent "confident" his client will play in NBA next season

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    If the Thunder choose to match Enes Kanter's offer sheet -- which OKC is expected to do before Sunday's deadline -- it'll have the maximum of 15 players under guaranteed contract for next season.  It becomes a roster full to the brim with no immediate place for Josh Huestis, the 2014...

  • Thunder officially sign 14th overall pick Cameron Payne to rookie deal

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

      In what was a formality, the Thunder has announced the signing of first round pick Cameron Payne. Per the NBA’s rookie scale, first round picks are slotted into pre-set salary figures based on their slot in the draft. Payne was selected 14th overall. The 14th pick on this season’s rookie...

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Darnell Mayberry

OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.

Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.

He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.

Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.

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.