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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  • Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    It's been a good week for professional franchises in the DC area. Which means, from a fan's perspective, it's been a solid week for Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East title, leading Durant to send out a celebratory Instagram post the next day, showing off his  custom made Nationals jersey. And just a few days before, the Washington Redskins won their home opener 41-10 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Durant was at the game and, apparently, received the game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Here he is showing it off in a recent Instagram post:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who had the best/worst offseason in the NBA?

    Updated: Tue, Sep 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 - 09/16 (<--Click here) - The NBA offseason is nearing its end. Who won the past few months? Who lost? What were the Detroit Pistons doing? Did the Thunder get better? We discuss that and more, plus rank our top-10 teams heading into the preseason.

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Western Conference Player movement

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the man who owns every pair of Kevin Durant's signature 'KD VI' colorways

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Chris McCord of Oklahoma City won a contest for the right to purchase his first pair of KD VIs. That led to a borderline obsession.

  • Steven Adams fires back at Andre Igoudala after derogotory tweet about New Zealand haka dance

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    It's been far too long since we've seen a good Steven Adams tussle. The NBA offseason, sadly, comes with no flying elbows, no overzealous box-outs and no angry retaliations at the uber-aggressive young center. But fear not, Adams is here to provide a bit of an appetizer while we desperately wait another month for preseason hoops. On Tuesday afternoon, the New Zealand national team performed its traditional haka dance before its FIBA game against the United States. Video of it made the national rounds (watch here), with a confused James Harden looking on. After USA's 98-71 romp, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala shot out a playful tweet, jabbing at the dance. It read: "New Zealand

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Under Armour made a strong push, offering up a deal reportedly in the $265 million to $285 million range, plus incentives, over 10 years. But on Sunday morning, ESPN reported that Nike decided to match it. Durant is now under control through the start of the 2024 season.

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder's D-League program acting as a career springboard for players, coaches and support staff

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    More than any other NBA franchise, the Thunder has steadily utilized its D-League program the past six years. And it’s produced a ton of success stories.

  • OKC Thunder hires Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to be D-League head coach

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to lead its D-League team.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tells story of his first meeting with Steph Curry

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Durant was among a star-studded NBA panel, answering questions alongside Steph Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis at NBA 2K’s Uncensored event. Durant talked about a variety of topics, including his decision to withdraw from Team USA, the idea of coaching challenges being implemented in the NBA and where his scoring prowess […]

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 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 - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups.

  • VIDEO: All the Thunder players who have accepted ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you would have explained the concept of the Ice Bucket Challenge, then had me predict the first two Thunder players to take part in the now-viral Internet trend, the guess would have been simple. Steven Adams and Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's two massive and fun-loving big men who seem to enjoy the quirky moments of life. But a couple weeks since this well-intentioned fad has hit the web and invaded Instagram pages across the sporting world, neither Thabeet or Adams have released a video. And they are in the minority among Thunder players. Eleven different guys on the OKC roster have had cold water dumped on their head for the ALS charity.

  • OKC Thunder: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guarantees season-opening win over 'old Seattle team'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Steve Ballmer ushered in his ownership era with the Clippers in style on Monday afternoon, staging an offseason pep rally in Staples Center for his new fanbase. During it, Ballmer was introduced to the crowd with an Eminem song, before delivering a wild and eccentric speech in which the energetic billionaire made his fare share of bold […]

  • Full Oklahoma City Thunder 2014-15 schedule is revealed

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Here is the schedule for the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2014-15 season. The team opens on Oct. 29 at Portland. 2014-15 Thunder Schedule: http://www.nba.com/thunder/schedule Here are some extra nuggets about the Thunder schedule. The Thunder will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season. OKC, for the 3rd time in 4 years on NYE, will play Phoenix. — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) August 13, 2014   Thunder vs Rockets (Westbrook vs Beverley): -Nov. 16 in OKC -Jan. 15 in HOU -Apr. 5 in OKC — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 13, 2014   Thunder have the second most nationally televised games behind the Clippers (via

  • Thunder chat: Anthony Slater talks potential deadline deals, NBA schedule and Durant distractions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Join Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. for some Thunder talk on the Power Lunch chat. We're chatting about Kevin Durant's minutes, Team USA, Kevin Love and the Thunder offseason. Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams helping to drum up interest in New Zealand basketball

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Adams has spent a large portion of his offseason back home, taking part in camps and trying to stir up basketball interest in New Zealand.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sebastian Telfair hopes time in China helps rejuvenate once-promising NBA career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s high school career was so celebrated that he was featured in a documentary titled, “Through the Fire.” Now, as a 29-year-old, Telfair has been through the professional fire, and he says he’s better for the experience.




Anthony Slater Today at 3:47 PM RT @NewsOK: Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 10:55 AM @GeraldTracyCRFF Email me at aslater@opubco.com
Anthony Slater Today at 10:53 AM @AndrewCCrow @DarnellMayberry my guess would be Lamb, Morrow then Roberson. Would be a good podcast talking point, though.
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:03:26 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: We're talking Thunder LIVE. Join in with @MikeSherman @anthonyVslater @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 02:20:13 PM CST Michael Cage led the NBA in rebounding in 87-88. Grant Long led the NBA in personal fouls in 88-89. Former replaces latter as OKC color guy.
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 02:07:54 PM CST Here's @DarnellMayberry with some background on Michael Cage, the Thunder's newest television analyst -- LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 01:25:13 PM CST Thunder officially announce Sept. 30th as the start of training camp. Media Day Sept. 29th. NBA is coming.
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:24:31 AM CST ICYMI: New Thunder podcast -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 06:54:06 PM CST @JonMHamm @DarnellMayberry Thought so. Thanks.
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 05:22:44 PM CST @__NED__ Yeah just Celtic bloggers and others brainstorming. No substance.
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 03:52:17 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast: Who had the best/worst offseasons in the NBA? -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 03:23:07 PM CST New Thunder podcast coming a little later today.
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 15 2014 01:25:54 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Kevin Durant paid homage to NBA legend Allen Iverson via Instagram: LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Sep. 14 2014 02:24:12 PM CST Jason Avant with the eurostep TD celebration https://t.co/19BbqnoqIY
Anthony Slater Sun, Sep. 14 2014 02:14:43 PM CST Great Mike Wallace one-handed TD (Also: this ref is bulk) https://t.co/iuPj1uLyz6
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:13:15 PM CST Good read on an interesting subject RT @kylefredrickson: Dive into #OKstate QB Daxx Garman's backstory: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 12 2014 02:10:27 PM CST Wow, only 34. Foot injuries ended his career too soon RT @SportsCenter: Happy 34th Birthday, Yao Ming! #fbf » LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 11 2014 02:37:24 PM CST @ErikHorneOK @JonMHamm It's one of the many songs I plan to perform on next season's The Voice
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 11 2014 02:00:37 PM CST Talking Thunder hoops right now, right here: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 10 2014 04:39:19 PM CST Looks like Spain's gonna go down to France in a huge upset. Too bad. Was looking forward to USA-Spain matchup.