Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC reportedly misses out on free agent target Pau Gasol

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    On Friday afternoon, Pau Gasol tweeted that he was ‘very close to making a decision’. Then, a few hours later, two reports surfaced that Gasol had narrowed his choices down to a pair of teams — the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

  • How does the LeBron James to Cleveland news impact the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Yesterday

    In a thoughtful and moving open letter through Sports Illustrated, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland and sent the sports world into a frenzy. Instantly, the Cavaliers become the most compelling team in the NBA — a title contender led by the game’s biggest talent in the midst of a legendary story of redemption. […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Yesterday

    Free agency is in full swing. Will the Thunder get Pau Gasol or chase another top free agent? Ask Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who has impressed you in summer league?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder remains interested in Mike Miller

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Miller went on a Memphis radio station on Wednesday afternoon and revealed that the Thunder is one of five teams – Denver, Houston, Memphis and the Clippers are the other four – pursuing his services. And just hours before, he sent out an Instagram photo of him and Kevin Durant hanging out in Los Angeles, offering a peek into the Thunder’s recruitment plan.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Could Pau Gasol be a potential fit with the Thunder?

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Reports from the L.A. Times indicate that Oklahoma City is among four teams Lakers center Pau Gasol, a two-time champion and four-time All-Star, will chat with in the near future.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How should Sam Presti and the Thunder attack free agency?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Thunder free agency targets, Tibor Pleiss and the potential impact of Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis. All topics today for Thunder writer Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OKC Thunder draftee Josh Huestis has solid support system

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Huestis’ adoptive mother has been there every step of the way on journey to the NBA.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reaches out to welcome Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The gesture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Durant has long been lauded for his public appreciation of his teammates and team-building approach.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's latest draft class?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    There are some new recruits coming to Oklahoma City. Who are Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon? Get your Thunder draft questions in to Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Xavier point guard Semaj Christon likely headed to Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Former Xavier point guard Semaj Christon, selected by the Heat 55th overall and shipped to the Charlotte Hornets in the Shabazz Napier deal, has reportedly landed with the Thunder, with the outward compensation unknown.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sam Presti surprises again with first round selection of Stanford's Josh Huestis

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Toward the end of last year’s first round, the Thunder surprised most of the basketball world, selecting a lesser-known defensive specialist from the Pac-12 about 30 picks before he was projected to go. On Thursday night, Sam Presti went back to that same blueprint.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder select Michigan's Mitch McGary with the 21st overall pick

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    With the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Michgan center/power forward Mitch McGary. We’ll have full coverage on the selection later tonight and into tomorrow, but for now, here’s a comprehensive video breakdown of his game, via Draft Express:

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant unveils new commercial for his new KD 7 shoes

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    On Wednesday morning, Kevin Durant revealed the latest in his line of shoes: The KD 7′s, as shown above. And with the unveiling came a new commercial, labeling Durant as “The Badd35t”, as shown below:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ten prospects OKC could target in Thursday's NBA Draft

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Thunder General Manager Sam Presti holds the 21st and 29th overall picks in Thursday night’s draft and, with them, he will have plenty of options.

  • What the LeBron James news potentially means for the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    GMs, prepare your pitches. LeBron James, arguably the most coveted star in all of sports, is back on the free agent market. Every franchise would love to have him. But the reality is, from a financial and competitive standpoint, only a few would be able to make it work. And the Thunder isn’t one of them. There’s […]

  • NBA chat: Anthony Slater talks LeBron James, Thunder free agency and the trade exception

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat today to talk about LeBron James's impending free agency, the Thunder's chances of getting into the LeBronathon, and OKC's free agency options. Here's the full transcript:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should OKC do in the NBA Draft?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.




Anthony Slater Today at 3:50 PM Anthony Morrow just put this on Instagram, confirming his partnership with the Thunder: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:19 PM RT @MrAnthonyMorrow: I just want to THANK the @PelicansNBA organization, all of my teammates,and the city of New Orleans for all of the sup…
Anthony Slater Today at 1:54 PM RT @DarnellMayberry: Story: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with the Thunder. Deal could pay up to $10 million over three years- LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:21 PM Newest Thunder player Anthony Morrow on Twitter -> @MrAnthonyMorrow
Anthony Slater Today at 1:17 PM @dtdpodcast Roberson is my guess. But I could see Lamb, too. Highly doubt it's Jackson or PJ3.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:16 PM @WordsFromWine Roberson is my guess, Lamb would be my choice
Anthony Slater Today at 1:16 PM @rynomars Bench scorer
Anthony Slater Today at 1:15 PM @Evan_Gentry35 Nah, think he'll come off the bench
Anthony Slater Today at 1:15 PM Anthony Morrow only started 10 games the past three seasons. He's more of an instant scorer off the bench. Doubt he starts for OKC.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:00 PM RT @kevinarnovitz: FWIW, every Pelicans player/coach I spoke with in January cited Morrow as one of the catalysts in the locker room. The a…
Anthony Slater Today at 12:54 PM @samikard Good call
Anthony Slater Today at 12:53 PM .@SpearsNBAYahoo reporting that the third year of Anthony Morrow's deal is a team option. Would make sense, with KD's free agency looming.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:50 PM @DreamChaser11_ New Orleans
Anthony Slater Today at 12:49 PM Anthony Morrow's deal with the Thunder is for three years and $10 million, per @ChrisBHaynes. No team or player option.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:47 PM Thunder fans: Here's Anthony Morrow dropping 42 points (and eight 3s) a couple seasons ago: https://t.co/XB5qoSx8wK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:35 PM A pretty sight for Thunder fans: Here's Anthony Morrow's shot chart from last season -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:32 PM Anthony Morrow is a career 43% 3-point shooter, shot 45% from deep last year. Averaged 8.4 pts in 19 minutes. Instant offense for OKC.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:29 PM Big pick-up RT @DarnellMayberry: Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing
Anthony Slater Today at 9:45 AM RT @WojYahooNBA: Pau Gasol, Chicago working to complete an agreement, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:18:23 PM CST @lhslwhitson @DarnellMayberry My guess is not much