Anthony Slater
Sports Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant participates in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    With each passing week, it seems Kevin Durant and his surgically repaired foot are getting closer to full-contact hoops action. Our latest sign came on an MLB baseball field. On Sunday, Durant was back in Seattle, participating in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game. The contest was played in Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Durant reportedly got a big ovation from the crowd -- he played in the Emerald City his rookie season -- before experiencing mixed results in his softball debut. He dropped an easy fly ball in the outfield -- "The sun got in my eyes," he said -- but later redeemed himself by catching one.

  • NBA: Recapping another busy offseason

    By Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Another eventful NBA offseason has hit its annual quiet point. Here’s our recap of all the various ongoings of the past month:

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams continues busy summer with Nick Collison bro-trip

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Following his second NBA season, and with more time than expected on his hands this summer, Steven Adams has already had quite the offseason. At least that’s what the various social media snapshots would indicate. Soon after the Thunder’s season completed in mid-April, Adams took a trip back to his home country of New Zealand. But […]

  • OKC Thunder: Perry Jones traded to the Celtics in a cost-cutting move

    anthony slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending the 6-foot-11 forward and a second-round pick to the Boston Celtics.

  • OKC Thunder: A look at the Thunder's 2015-16 payroll player-by-player

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Enes Kanter match is now official. The 4-year, $70 million offer sheet he signed with the Blazers is transferred over to the Thunder. And with it, OKC now has a roster filled to the brim. Some potential moves could change things in the coming weeks — Steve Novak and Perry Jones have reportedly been shopped […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Enes Kanter rank among highest paid NBA centers?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    With his recent big money deal, Enes Kanter became the third-highest paid player on the Thunder, making $16.4 million in the first year of his max deal. That number also vaults Kanter up into a tie with Greg Monroe for the sixth-highest paid center in the NBA.

  • Russell Westbrook releases his debut shoe to big crowd in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    During a recent trip to the famous Colette in Paris, Westbrook debuted his first signature shoe. He brought 40 pairs of the Westbrook 0’s to the boutique – 20 in the red colorway and 20 in the black colorway.

  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent "confident" his client will play in NBA next season

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    If the Thunder choose to match Enes Kanter's offer sheet -- which OKC is expected to do before Sunday's deadline -- it'll have the maximum of 15 players under guaranteed contract for next season.  It becomes a roster full to the brim with no immediate place for Josh Huestis, the 2014 first round domestic draft-and-stash pick who was thought to have a spot on this year's squad.  OKC has reportedly been shopping Perry Jones and Steve Novak. So there are ways the Thunder can still find a place for Huestis. And according to his agent Toby Bailey, that's something that's likely to get done. Bailey recently told the Great Falls Tribune, a publication near where Huestis grew up, that he believed his

  • Thunder officially sign 14th overall pick Cameron Payne to rookie deal

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

      In what was a formality, the Thunder has announced the signing of first round pick Cameron Payne. Per the NBA’s rookie scale, first round picks are slotted into pre-set salary figures based on their slot in the draft. Payne was selected 14th overall. The 14th pick on this season’s rookie scale is slated at […]

  • Report: Enes Kanter expected to sign offer sheet with Blazers; Thunder can match

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The silent stand-off between Enes Kanter and the Thunder has taken a surprising twist. Kanter traveled to Portland on Thursday afternoon and signed an offer sheet with the Trail Blazers, one of a select few teams that had enough cap room to meet Kanter’s monetary wishes. Portland is looking for a replacement for LaMarcus Aldridge. The offer […]

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What's the hold up in the Enes Kanter negotiations?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant partners with Nike to renovate basketball courts across the world

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    On Monday morning, in partnership with Nike, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant announced an initiative aimed at increasing “the number of high quality basketball courts accessible to underprivileged youth across the United States and internationally.” As a jump-off point, Durant’s charitable team will renovate and build courts in Oklahoma City, Washington D.C. and Berlin, Germany. Plans are to […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency situation

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A surprising name has been absent from the non-stop rumor mill – Enes Kanter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder sign undrafted free agent Michal Qualls to deal; expected to play with Blue

    BY ANTHONY SLATER AND ERIK HORNE   | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By the end of his junior season at Arkansas, Michael Qualls was viewed as a sure-fire second round pick. But during a pre-draft workout in Phoenix earlier this month, Qualls came down awkwardly on a dunk attempt and tore his ACL. He went undrafted. The Thunder might benefit from that unfortunate injury, signing Qualls to an undrafted free agent deal in recent days. Qualls won’t be on the Thunder roster next season. He’ll be around the facility rehabbing and, whenever ready, restart competition with the OKC Blue, the Thunder’s D-League team. Qualls is an athletic 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds last season for one of the SEC’s better teams.

  • NBA Free Agency Primer

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play.

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • OKC Thunder: Five Thunder-related storylines heading into free agency

    Anthony Slater Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    OKC Thunder: Five Thunder-related storylines heading into free agency Open season on the NBA marketplace strikes a minute after midnight on Wednesday with a batch of well-known pieces up for grabs. In the past, while a majority of the league shuffled its decks in July, the Thunder has remained relatively quiet. This season, that trend is a near certainty to continue. OKC has a roster loaded almost completely to the brim and its offseason focus is on retaining restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler. As free agency nears, let’s take a look at five Thunder-related storylines: 1. How much will it cost to bring back

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping the draft and previewing NBA free agency

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the family that guided Cameron Payne to this monumental moment

    BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    During Cameron Payne’s first season at Murray State, his mother, Leshawn, didn’t feel like herself in the stands. All throughout Cam’s formative basketball years, she’d captained his team’s cheer sections, with pom-poms as her weapon of choice. “In high school, when they went to the state, I was the lead parent and we won the cheer section of the tournament,” she recalls. “It was an actual award.” But college hoops provided a different platform and Murray State was an unfamiliar atmosphere. Leshawn and about 20 others would make the two-plus hour trip up from Bartlett, Tenn., for every home game, but as Cam started his college

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Cameron Payne recalls his memorable pre-draft workout in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Because Payne had a couple days before his next workout, he decided to stick around OKC for another day. He was introduced to the Thunder staff and toured the lush facility.

Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 11:03:04 PM CST Someone alert Russell Westbrook. Rocky is back at it (via @WillBrinson)
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 08:50:27 PM CST Is Pistol Pete drunk?
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 04:59:17 PM CST Our college football beat writers OSU: @kylefredrickson @jjhelsley OU: @jasonkersey @ryaber
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:05:20 AM CST RT @hillcienda: Good hoops talk between OKC Mayor @MickCornett and Oklahoman sportswriter @anthonyVslater
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 30 2015 05:23:03 PM CST RT @russwest44: My Mrs. ❤️ 8.29.15
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 06:18:09 PM CST Russell Westbrook will reportedly get married to his long-time girlfriend this weekend:
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:48:39 PM CST A better look
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:45:35 PM CST Enes Kanter: 6-foot-11 Sultan Kosen: 8-foot-3
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 24 2015 10:30:48 AM CST ICYMI- How Billy Donovan built Florida hoops into a national power:
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 23 2015 09:52:44 AM CST How Billy Donovan built a wavering program into a stable national power at Florida:
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 22 2015 07:19:09 PM CST Part 4 of the Billy Donovan series: How he built a national power at Florida -
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 03:41:40 PM CST Mildly interesting preseason schedule for the Thunder (particularly Enes Kanter). Things to know:
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 01:14:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Complete Thunder preseason schedule released:
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 12:49:51 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has announced its preseason schedule.
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 07:41:17 PM CST ICYMI: New Thunder podcast with Billy Donovan -
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 01:16:33 PM CST New Thunder podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street days, building a dynasty at Florida and more ->
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:36:33 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: From @anthonyvslater: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:25:02 PM CST Part 3 in our series on Billy Donovan -- Wall Street and his early coaching days:
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:51 AM CST @devotedhoops No problem, thanks for reading.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:31 AM CST How a small stint on Wall Street helped lead Billy Donovan into coaching: