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.

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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet Greek big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a short-tempered Baby Shaq

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In the past, the draft-and-stash method has been good to the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka coming over from Spain in 2009 and transforming into one of the franchise’s long-term cornerstones. And it’s something that’ll likely benefit OKC in the future, with both Tibor Pleiss and Alex Abrines expected to one day make an NBA jump. But that doesn’t […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's offseason moves?

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 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 announces signing of Anthony Morrow

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Some much-needed sharpshooting has officially arrived in Oklahoma City. The Thunder finally announced the expected signing of Anthony Morrow on Wednesday afternoon, a deal that is worth $10 million over three years, with the final season nonguaranteed. Morrow is a career 43 percent 3-point shooter who shot 45 percent from deep last season in New […]

  • OKC Thunder officially announce the signing of Sebastian Telfair

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    A move that’s been known about for weeks was made official on Tuesday. The Thunder has signed veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair to a one-year non-guaranteed veteran minimum deal. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Sebastian to the Thunder organization and Oklahoma City community,” Sam Presti said in a press release. “His […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Once again, Perry Jones loses important offseason time to a health issue

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    As he angles for opportunity and needs to show improvement, Perry Jones will be on the mend for an important developmental period.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC, Grant Jerrett reportedly agree on 'multi-year deal'

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Grant Jerrett agreed to terms with OKC on a “multi-year deal,” according to Real GM. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The Thunder moves have started in free agency. Anthony Morrow in. Caron Butler and Thabo Sefolosha out. Talk about the OKC offseason with Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow has paved a unique NBA path to Oklahoma City

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Anthony Morrow entered the 2008 Orlando Summer League expected to be little more than a roster-filler for the Miami Heat. But a shoulder injury to the already established Daequan Cook cracked the door. And Morrow busted it in.

  • 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 | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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 | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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.




Anthony Slater Today at 2:34 PM RT @NBA: Former teammates catch up at @usabasketball practice... @nyknicks Coach @derekfisher & @russwest44 LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:12 PM Kevin Durant's Team USA shoes (via @NBA): LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:10 PM #52? RT @NBA: KD's ready to go for his first @usabasketball practice https://t.co/MQLwq6CKS8
Anthony Slater Today at 1:17 PM Grant Jerrett made 43% of his corner threes last season, including 7/14 from the right corner. His NBADL shot chart: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:15 PM Grant Jerrett is a project. But his potential to become a sharpshooting stretch four led OKC to sign him long-term - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:38 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: @dmasonart why did we all scream on him like that lol. That was a sick dunk man! Miss ya bro
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:36 PM CST RT @dmasonart: Had to hunt this one down for #TBT! Been a while since a BBall #TBT so let's make it a #OkcThunder… LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:08:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: The latest update on Thunder TV analyst Grant Long's resignation (via @darnellmayberry): LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:12 PM CST RT @CodyStavenhagen: Arena: "As of right now, they are not wearing it.They actually would have had to have told us that some time ago, and …
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:02 PM CST Through the NBA, @CodyStavenhagen confirmed the Thunder won't wear gold tabs on the back of their jerseys to honor Sonics title.
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 20 2014 01:45:38 PM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: A must reader for Thunder/NBA fans. Great stuff by @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 19 2014 10:27:57 PM CST Pick makes more sense RT @DarnellMayberry: Why Josh Huestis might become the first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:41:20 PM CST Random thought: Wonder if OKC would ever use D-league as a rehab assignment (ala MLB). Returning from bad calf? Get 20 mins in for 66ers.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:38:29 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: Pretty cool RT @royceyoung: Thunder announce they're relocating the 66ers to Oklahoma City.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:37:34 PM CST Thunder already shuffles younger players back and forth to the D-League at record rates. This will make it even easier.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:34:42 PM CST Full story RT @NewsOK: MORE on #OKCThunder's D-League franchise moving to OKC from Tulsa LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:32:29 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: #OKCThunder talking to city about having its D-League franchise play at the Cox Center, moving from Tulsa starting w/upcom…
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:32:09 PM CST Thunder's D-League affiliate, the 66ers, relocating to OKC. Will make it an even smoother partnership for the franchise.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 10:25:15 AM CST #OKstate fans, give @kylefredrickson a follow. He's @NewsOKSports' new OSU beat writer.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 17 2014 10:04:29 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: Humbled and excited to announce I'm joining @NewsOKSports team as the Oklahoma State football beat writer: LINK