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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  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Loaded draft class gives Thunder plenty of options on Thursday night

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    In a dream scenario, the Mavericks would have failed to finish with a top-10 NBA record until 2018, when the pick would have become unprotected, and OKC could have lucked out with a lottery selection. But with a franchise like Dallas and a free-spending, win-now owner like Mark Cuban, that wasn’t likely to happen.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson hoping to pair an outside shot with dynamic defensive skill

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A productive stint in the starting lineup also gave Roberson the platform to showcase his biggest weakness. Andre Roberson is an NBA shooting guard without a shot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Andre Roberson

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Grading Andre Roberson’s season: Defense: A- – At his exit interview, Roberson recalled a rough start up in Toronto, when DeMar Derozen abused Roberson on his way to a big night. But that was really his only lackluster defensive performance. When Thabo Sefolosha was out, Roberson was inserted as the defensive stopper and he produced, slowing the likes of Kyle Korver, Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks. Disruptive on the perimeter and energized at all times, Roberson is already a plus-defender in this league. Shooting: D – It’s tough to be a shooting guard in the NBA with no threat of a shot. Roberson is trying to develop one, hoisting it up when he’s left wide open, working on it after practice and vowing to reconstruct it




Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:26:07 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/r4sT1j4jAm
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:53:15 PM CST New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:49:39 PM CST The Thunder Buddies podcast returns later today. Should be up within a couple hours.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 11:24:20 AM CST Eleven Thunder players have taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here are all the videos: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:29:24 PM CST Thunder-Clippers rivalry already getting good. Addition of Ballmer and Spencer Hawes (two outspoken/proud Seattle natives) only adds to it.
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:28:02 PM CST New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guaranteed a season-opening win over that 'old Seattle team' today -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 05:11:49 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: #OKCThunder announces preseason schedule. Includes games in Tulsa, Wichita: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:08:44 AM CST The only two Team USA shirts at the Foot Locker in Santa Monica (via @Rcrauder): LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 16 2014 11:14:09 AM CST @gdubz44 So safe
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 14 2014 08:16:01 AM CST Story on the Thunder's recently released schedule: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:21 PM CST @mkimball011 Yep, they do, and OKC prefers Sundays during CFB season for obvious reasons.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:21:34 PM CST Thunder have 18 Sunday games (11 at home) and only four Saturday games (1 at home -- the home opener).
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:46 PM CST Thunder schedule breakdown: -Six ABC games -Nine TNT games -Ten ESPN games -18 back-to-backs
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:12:50 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the…
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:11:20 PM CST Derek Fisher returns to OKC on November 28th. Knicks at Thunder.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:08:37 PM CST Thunder vs Rockets (Westbrook vs Beverley): -Nov. 16 in OKC -Jan. 15 in HOU -Apr. 5 in OKC
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:06:17 PM CST Thunder vs Cavs (KD vs LeBron): -Dec. 11 in OKC on TNT -Jan. 25 in Cleveland on ESPN
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:04:28 PM CST Full Thunder schedule right here: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 04:15:22 PM CST RT @darrenrovell: Can confirm that Kevin Durant was at Under Armour HQ today to hear their pitch.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 03:09:57 PM CST Here's @DarnellMayberry's updated story looking at some of the marquee games on the Thunder's schedule: LINK