Anthony Slater
Sports 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How the Reggie Jackson and James Harden situations compare

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Reggie Jackson’s current situation with the Thunder will likely never reach the level of interest or controversy that James Harden’s did. But two years later, it’s a remarkably similar scenario playing itself out again in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at Reggie Jackson's possible suitors — and the teams he likely won't be playing for

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    One thing has been made clear — if Reggie Jackson does leave, it’ll be to a place that would offer him the starting point guard position and a feature role. That should eliminate a good chunk of the NBA.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Adverse experience should be beneficial for Scott Brooks and the Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    With the shot clock ticking toward single-digits and a play needing to be made, Kendrick Perkins swung the ball to his small forward and set up a simple 5-3 pick-and-roll. The only problem was – because of the Thunder’s well-documented health issues – Nick Collison happened to be that small forward. “It was borderline comical, borderline insanity and borderline exciting,” Scott Brooks joked of the situation. “…I was on the sideline and I was saying to myself: ‘I cannot wait to see what happens with this pick.’” It didn’t result in any points. But the big-to-big play was run correctly, Brooks said. And these days, that qualifies as a minor win. Injuries have gutted the roster. Occasional foul

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson highly critical of himself after overtime loss to Brandon Jennings and the Pistons

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Brandon Jennings outdueled Reggie Jackson in the battle of the point guards, scoring 25 of his game-high 29 points after halftime and leading the Pistons to a 96-89 overtime win.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka not worried about his dip in shot-blocking

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Serge Ibaka’s threes are up this season. Way up. He’ll soon eclipse a career-high for makes in a season. But his blocks — maybe Ibaka’s most important statistical category — are down.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to take on the Detroit Pistons. Follow our live coverage with Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more from around the web.

  • PHOTO: Thunder Christmas Day jersey released, to have first names on back

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The NBA traditionally goes with some kind of unique jersey for its Christmas Day games. Last year it was sleeves, this year it’ll be first names on the back of each player’s jerseys. Below is a look at the Thunder’s threads. OKC will be playing the defending champion Spurs on Christmas in San Antonio. Tip is at […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five things to know about the Blue's Semaj Christon

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Former Xavier player Semaj Christon be starring for the OKC Blue — the city’s new D-League franchise that begins play on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. Tip is at 7 p.m. And in advance, here are five things to know about the recently turned 22-year-old who will likely serve as the team’s starting point guard:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is Anthony Morrow the Thunder's missing link?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 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 - 11/13 (<--Click here) - This opening month has been about treading water and accumulating wins whenever possible. That's just what the Thunder did on Thursday night. How big a win was it? How important will the Anthony Morrow signing prove to be? Is Jeremy Lamb gonna even remain in

  • VIDEO CLIP: Russell Westbrook to guest star on Nickelodeon show this Saturday

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is an outspoken Taylor Swift fan, presented at the Teen Choice Awards last year and dons outfits that occasionally look like they’re picked out by a colorful eighth grader. So, of course the Thunder superstar is guest starring on a Nickelodeon show this coming weekend. On Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT on Henry […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 109-94 win over the Celtics

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Behind a monster second half, the Thunder beat the Celtics 109-94 in Boston on Wednesday night, improving to 3-6 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Breakout 2nd half – The first six quarters of this road trip were an offensive disaster. OKC shot 33 percent in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night, […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The Thunder looks to get its first road win of the season tonight against the Boston Celtics. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 85-78 loss in Milwaukee

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Thunder lost 85-78 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, slipping to 2-6 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Subpar performance – If you gauged the confidence level of Thunder fans before each of the eight games so far this season, this is probably the one most felt best about. Coming off a nice home win over surprising […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is after its first two-game winning streak of the season, against rookie phenom Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Huestis content with unique career path, unconcerned about outside skepticism

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    The Thunder’s second selection – 29th overall – became the NBA’s first domestic first round draft-and-stash case. The details were revealed through The Oklahoman. Then criticism rained in from the outside NBA world.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Trio leads Thunder past Kings 101-93

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    On this night – during this important 101-93 early-season win over the surprising Sacramento Kings – at journeymen trio was part of a key late-game Thunder lineup.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Mark Cuban wonders if Thunder should tank for No. 1 draft pick

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The Mavs owner wondered aloud on Sunday if OKC should take a page out of the 1997 Spurs book. San Antonio was a Western Conference Finalist the year before but, because of a batch of injuries, including a season-ender to David Robinson, finished 20-62 and got the first overall pick. It turned into Tim Duncan.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs Kings

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Saturday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Thunder notebook: Anthony Morrow may return from knee injury as early as Sunday

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Slowly, the healthy bodies are starting to trickle back into the Thunder lineup. Jeremy Lamb returned on Friday night from a back injury and played pretty well. Anthony Morrow went through his first full practice on Saturday and could return as early as Sunday against the Kings. The veteran sharpshooter has missed the season’s first six game with a sprained MCL. “Getting better, but we don’t know for sure yet,” Scott Brooks said. Morrow was the Thunder’s key offseason addition, expected to inject some much-needed spacing into the Thunder lineup. He’ll likely be most effective when alongside the two star playmakers he signed in Oklahoma City to play beside.




Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 06:56:17 PM CST Hopped on the OU podcast today to talk some football with @JasonKersey and @RyAber -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 05:09:15 PM CST RT @jasonkersey: The latest Non-Fiction Writers podcast, in which @ryaber and I were joined by a surprise guest, @anthonyVslater LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 03:19:11 PM CST New Thunder podcast, discussing what has gone wrong during this current six-game losing streak - LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:46:48 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Scott Brooks says Mitch McGary will be back "sometime in the near future."
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:46:21 PM CST @_ajax29 Leaning toward yes
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:44:20 PM CST No additional update on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Partially practiced today. Won't play Wednesday. Friday not out of question.
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:31:15 PM CST Mitch McGary looking good, getting up on that injured foot https://t.co/zwVmC7VDNN
Anthony Slater Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:17:37 PM CST Knicks list Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) as doubtful for game in Dallas on Wednesday. NY in OKC on Friday. Something to watch.
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 10:44:45 PM CST One tomorrow. Not sure after that. RT @ericmalloy15 @anthonyVslater are you dropping 2 podcasts this week?
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 10:43:58 PM CST Opponents are shooting 18-of-61 (29.5 percent) when guarded by Andre Roberson this season.
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 10:42:47 PM CST Story on Andre Roberson in tomorrow's paper: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 08:08:29 PM CST The Glove Jr. going with the left! RT @kylefredrickson: Gary Payton Jr. slams on #OKstate https://t.co/I3IP5hjb89
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 05:49:44 PM CST -Eighth seed in the East right now: 6-9 record -Eighth seed in the West right now: 8-5 record
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:12:58 PM CST Most surprising thing I learned today: Scott Brooks knows what Vine is. He brought it up unprompted in a conversation.
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:11:13 PM CST Marreese Speights popped off about Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder big man responded here -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 01:58:59 PM CST Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are nearing a return. Here's Scott Brooks today: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 01:41:48 PM CST More Kendrick Perkins on Marreese Speights' comments: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 01:39:38 PM CST Scott Brooks on KD/Westbrook: "They'll continue to go through this process and when they're ready -- 100 percent ready -- they'll play."
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 01:29:03 PM CST Because of 10-day hardship, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (even if healthy enough) can't play on Wednesday vs Jazz. It expires Thurs.
Anthony Slater Mon, Nov. 24 2014 01:19:06 PM CST Kendrick Perkins on Marreese Speights' comments: "It's his world, I'm just living in it. That's my response to Marreese Speights."