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: 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

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A closer look at Andre Roberson’s season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Title-hungry Nick Collison knows his NBA clock is ticking

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    At the start of next season – which will be the final year on his current contract – Collison will be 34. He’s out of his prime and on the downward slope toward retirement.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Nick Collison

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Grading Nick Collison’s season: Corner three: C – Each day after practice, as a select group of players split off for individual work, Nick Collison always migrated toward the corner. He’d work on a variety of jumpshots, but always finish off in that popular 3-point destination, trying to master the corner three. And he implemented it into the game this season, making six threes, four more than he converted in his previous nine years. But he needed 22 attempts to do it. Intriguing addition to his game, but still needs more refining. Defense: B- – For a post defender, Collison is a bit undersized, leaving him to be occasionally exploited by some of the league’s best low-block scorers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: By the Numbers on Nick Collison

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    16.7 – Minutes per game in the regular season, a career-low. 10.3 – Minutes per game in the postseason, a career-low. 55.6 – Collison’s field goal percentage this season, just a tick above his career 54.2 percent average. He’s never shot worse than 50 percent in a season. 6 – Three-pointers made this season — four in the regular season and two in the playoffs — as Collison added a corner shot. 2 — Three-pointers made by Collison, combined, in his first nine seasons. +328 – Collison’s cumulative plus/minus this season. 832 – Games played by Collison in his career, including both the regular and postseason, all with the Thunder/Sonics organization.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 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 - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • PHOTOS: Thunder center Steven Adams adds Polynesian tattoo to his right forearm

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Back in 2005, when Chris Birdman Anderson was part of the Oklahoma City Hornets, he was already quirky. But his now tattoo-filled body was just in the early stages of its first coat of arm paint: He was 26 then. This is him just a few years later, looking like he had a bad run-in with a box of […]




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
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 17 2014 09:15:24 AM CST Newest Thunder podcast: LINK /// iTunes: https://t.co/r4sT1j4jAm
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 10:01:52 PM CST Russell Westbrook had three knee surgeries in less than a year and then put up historic playoff numbers (26+ ppg, 8+apg, 7+rpg).
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 09:59:23 PM CST Russell Westbrook wins the ESPY for Best Comeback Athlete.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 08:59:56 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Thunder officially announce the re-signing of forward Grant Jerrett: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 08:48:29 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Who is Sofoklis Schortsanitis? @anthonyVslater breaks down the 6-10, 350 lb Thunder Euro prospect: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 08:35:16 PM CST USA national team was a solid choice, but I thought this Derek Fisher block at the rim shoulda been Moment of Year: https://t.co/5He1du4Gkr
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 16 2014 08:24:36 PM CST @ttaylor_ross Nothing this season. He'll be out until about January anyway. All about the future. But they project him as a stretch four.