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 roundtable: Discussing D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    From The Oklahoma Sports staff | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Oklahoman Sports staff discusses Augustin’s attributes and what the Thunder should do about a backup point guard in the future.

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    D.J. Augustin graded high on shooting and fitting in. But the only thing lower than his defensive grade is the Thunder’s defensive rating when he was on the court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's absence on defense an underrated part of decline

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Durant is not Serge Ibaka, one of the league’s elite rim protectors. But the Thunder’s defense sputtered before Ibaka missed the final 18 games with a knee scope.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Kevin Durant's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 season:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Kevin Durant's season

    anthony slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Kevin Durant didn’t repeat as the NBA’s MVP. But his season had a large impact on the Thunder’s. In a year defined by injuries in Oklahoma City, Durant’s constant health problems were the most crippling. Here’s a report card look at his 2014-15 campaign:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    When he was on the court, Kevin Durant remained one of the league’s most potent scorers. But, again, that was only when he was on the court. Here’s a look at his season by the numbers:

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to talk some Thunder offseason, the NBA playoffs, the NBA Draft Combine and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Offensively gifted Enes Kanter has a lot of defensive work ahead of him

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Kanter has already established himself as one of the league’s most polished offensive big men. He has creative post moves, crafty footwork, can step out and hit jumpers consistently and has a natural ability to catch, maneuver and finish as the dive man on pick-and-rolls. But then his defense is discussed. And a wrench is thrown in the conversation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, breaking down Enes Kanter’s 2014-15 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The grades are in for Enes Kanter, with the report card reflecting his day-and-night style of play on the opposite sides of a basketball court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The offensive statistics were always great for Enes Kanter. The defensive statistics, which can be harder to dig up, weren’t as friendly. Here’s a quick look at his season by the numbers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Thunder guard Andre Roberson.

  • Serge Ibaka's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Serge Ibaka’s sixth professional season was his most unique. He became a high-volume 3-point shooter and faced some injury issues he’s never experienced. Here’s a quick look by the numbers: 3 – Ibaka’s missed games the previous four seasons. 18 – Ibaka’s missed games this season, the final 18 after an early March knee scope. 53.3 – Ibaka’s career field goal percentage. 47 – Ibaka’s field goal percentage this season, mainly due to an uptick in 3-point attemtps. 205 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka this season. 123 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka his previous five seasons in the NBA. 2.4 – Blocks per game for Ibaka this season, his lowest mark since 2010-11, but still good

  • OKC Thunder: Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    SERGE IBAKA — Depending upon his activity with the Spanish national team this summer, Ibaka may not play a competitive basketball game for nearly seven months. And that may be just what Ibaka needs.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka's 2014-15 report card looks different before, after All-Star break

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Like the Thunder’s roller-coaster season, you can cut Serge Ibaka’s into different segments. He struggled early, peaked at times and then, like everyone else, faced an injury setback. Here are the quick grades: PRE ALL-STAR BREAK: C With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing a good chunk of the early season, Serge Ibaka was thrust into a leading role. And he, like the Thunder, struggled to adjust. His offensive game has always been as a play-starter, not finisher. He doesn’t create shots for himself, but rather cashes in assists from those around him at an extremely efficient rate. Without his two primary playmakers out there to suck away attention and feed him good looks, Ibaka got a bit lost early.

  • OKC Thunder: First images of the signature Kevin Durant 'KD 8' shoes leaked

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    As these playoffs have shown, despite his team being at home and his foot being in a boot, Kevin Durant’s market appeal remains high. The Thunder star is currently being featured in national advertisements by Sonic and Sprint, which commonly air during postseason games. And on Monday morning, the first images of his next signature sneaker […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook hands his brother diploma after graduation at UCO

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    It’s graduation season for many across the country and in the metro. That includes Ray Westbrook, the brother of Russell Westbrook who graduated from UCO on Saturday afternoon. Russell not only attended the ceremony, but, it seems, handed Ray his diploma as he walked across the stage. From Ray’s Instagram account: From Russell’s Instagram account, […]

  • Thunder roundtable: What is the most important aspect of this offseason?

    COMPILED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the Thunder’s upcoming offseason.

  • Report: Florida assistant Anthony Grant to join Billy Donovan's Thunder staff

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    In Friday’s paper, we took a look at some possible candidates to join Billy Donovan’s soon to be compiled coaching staff. You can read that by clicking here. Among those listed was Anthony Grant, a long-time assistant and friend of Donovan’s. Late Thursday night, a report from The Gainesville Sun said Grant would “definitely” follow Donovan to Oklahoma […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Familiar faces could join Billy Donovan's staff

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    In addition to two holdovers from the Scott Brooks era, some of Billy’s Boys are possible.




Anthony Slater Sun, May. 24 2015 09:25:18 PM CST LeBron poster https://t.co/addCRiQnzu
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 22 2015 09:21:53 PM CST The LeBron bot is twitching out https://t.co/p5pdcP3eZR
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 22 2015 12:20:50 PM CST @DarnellMayberry @NewsOK You shall refer to me as 'video star' from here on out
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:44:49 PM CST @BrianCoog95 lol vacation is pretty nice
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:39:22 PM CST When James Harden heard I wasn't a breakfast defector... https://t.co/AAdYwPuaPx
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:29:20 PM CST He seems to think the foul may have been on Corey Brewer https://t.co/8qZ8km4jYx
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 12:50:07 PM CST ICYMI- Our latest Thunder podcast: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:43:05 AM CST Russell Westbrook named All-NBA 2nd Team for the fourth time in his career: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:30:10 AM CST Russell Westbrook named All-NBA 2nd team. Fourth time he's been second team. Curry/Harden the 1st-team guards.
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 10:29:29 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 02:54:45 PM CST New Thunder podcast: What should OKC do with the 14th pick? LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 11:59:13 AM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Scott Brooks passing on New Orleans and Denver coaching interviews, likely sitting out next season. http://…
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 09:46:43 AM CST OKC has the 14th pick. A look at the players who have been drafted in that range recently -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 09:14:45 PM CST @AuthorDebCowan Conference call after the lottery
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 09:00:02 PM CST @61gabester Nice catch, thanks
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 08:52:29 PM CST Sam Presti said the hope is to have Kevin Durant back on the court at "the end of the summer" LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 08:45:32 PM CST Sam Presti said Kevin Durant is not "at a weight-bearing stage" but is moving in the right direction as far as his recovery.
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 08:44:31 PM CST Sam Presti said all options on the table: trading up, back or out of the #14 pick. Or using it.
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 08:42:59 PM CST Sam Presti on not winning the lottery: "Russell is not banned, but that shirt won't be making another appearance."
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 08:22:09 PM CST The Thunder officially has the 14th pick. A look at the players who have been drafted in that range recently -> LINK

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