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 notebook: Kevin Durant day-to-day with more right foot soreness

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, Durant sat out Saturday night against the Hornets. It was his 28th missed game of the season, spread out into four segments.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's new pieces mesh well in win in Charlotte

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Hornets 110-103 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its new players, but no Kevin Durant against the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Q&A: New Thunder point guard D.J. Augustin excited about joining OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    D.J. Augustin has an established and well-known relationship with one Thunder player. He was a college teammate of Kevin Durant at Texas and remains a close friend. But KD isn’t the only OKC player Augustin knows well. In his first four seasons in the NBA, Augustin played for the Charlotte Bobcats. In the offseason, Charlotte native […]

  • Q&A: Enes Kanter appreciative of the Thunder's interest in Turkey

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    When the Thunder traveled overseas last preseason — for games in Istanbul and Manchester — it was a great chance for the team to mesh and the individuals to get more cultured. Nearly two years later, that brief overseas trip is still proving beneficial. When Enes Kanter arrived in OKC on Friday afternoon, he was […]

  • Q&A: New Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak ready to take leadership role in OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    As Enes Kanter battled big man coach Mark Bryant in a post-shootaround tussle in the post on Saturday morning, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cheered their new center on from the sideline. But across the court, new Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak was taking Bryant’s side, chiding Kanter, Durant and Westbrook in the process. “Let’s go $100 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant excited about adding D.J. Augustin

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Augustin – Kevin Durant’s former college teammate at Texas – was drafted ninth overall by Charlotte in 2008.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How would you grade the Reggie Jackson trade?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 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 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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Shorthanded but energized Thunder rolls past Mavericks

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    During the Thunder’s 104-89 win over the Mavs — which vaulted OKC into a tie for the eighth seed with Phoenix — Serge Ibaka dominated the interior, compiling 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook says he and Kevin Durant don't need to be consulted on trade decisions

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    “Not my job,” Westbrook said. “My job is to come out and play. We have a great general manager, great owner and great coach who have done a great job thus far putting this team together. So I’m pretty sure they know what’s best for us.”

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The new-look Oklahoma City Thunder plays for the first time following the All-Star break against the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant opens up about the James Harden trade, free agency and his relationship with the media

    Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    It's been quite the interesting week in the world of Kevin Durant. The Thunder's beloved superstar popped off at the media a couple times over All-Star weekend, then had some revealing comments in a GQ article that posted Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, following the Thunder's second post All-Star break practice, Durant met with the media. And it became clear he had plenty to get off his chest. Here is the candid Q&A. Story in GQ created some buzz, specifically the quote about your players not being as good in the past. What specifically did you mean? I think my words were misinterpreted a little bit. I read that this morning and felt bad, but I was just talking in terms of how the public views

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What is Reggie Jackson's relative value as we approach the trade deadline?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    As the clock ticks toward the NBA trade deadline, Reggie Jackson’s name remains one of the hottest on the market.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Your guide to the NBA trade deadline

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The NBA’s trade deadline strikes at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon. Will the Thunder be active? What will their Western Conference competitors do? We look at five burning questions, four teams to watch and four players to keep an eye on as the deadline approaches.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Reviewing the All-Star break and previewing OKC's final 29 games

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 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 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 […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on Steven Adams' progress, the trade deadline and Kevin Durant's media comments

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater talked on numerous topics, from the trade deadline, to Mitch McGary rumors to Steven Adams' injury rehab progress. Here's the recap.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook sets All-Star record with 27 first half points

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Kevin Durant entered the night with an NBA-high streak of four straight All-Star games with at least 30 points. But with Durant on a minute limit because of his lingering injuries, there was a scoring void left in the West’s lineup. Russell Westbrook gladly filled it. The Thunder’s other superstar went off for 27 points […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook's new Mountain Dew commercial released

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    A few days ago, Russell Westbrook and Mountain Dew announced a multi-year partnership, with the promise of a commercial to be released over the weekend. Here it is (also featuring his brother Ray Westbrook):

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    The NBA All-Star break is here. Care to make any NBA second-half predictions? Join Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. as he answers your questions on the Thunder and the league.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Should Kevin Durant compete in the All-Star game?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 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 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 […]




Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:08:59 PM CST Suns and Pelicans both lose tonight, expanding the Thunder's cushion for #8. Updated standings: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:22:29 PM CST @dandeieso One
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 08:37:36 PM CST By far the best fan reaction from that Whiteside-Len tussle -> https://t.co/RBca8mBrJV
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 08:34:59 PM CST No one more pumped about the WWE match than these courtside bros https://t.co/NQWTSQd3BT
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 08:31:27 PM CST Wrestling match in Miami!!! Hassan Whiteside vs Alex Len https://t.co/BVPANnYEfq
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 04:53:02 PM CST Thunder didn't practice today. Expect updates on the status of Westbrook, Durant and Adams tomorrow afternoon.
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 02:37:09 PM CST Coach* lol RT @anthonyVslater: Scott Brooks named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:37:37 AM CST The Pelicans winning five straight without Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson is the most impressive NBA story going.
Anthony Slater Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:40:26 AM CST Five observations from the Thunder's win in Los Angeles last night - LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 11:09:19 PM CST Five observations from the Thunder's win in Los Angeles includes deeper look at Enes Kanter in the post: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:19:36 PM CST @Justin_Osburn01 I'd guess that RW plays and KD doesn't. We'll know better early this week though.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:07:30 PM CST @Jake_Trotter Or a playoff series
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 09:49:36 PM CST Five observations from the Thunder's win in Los Angeles tonight: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 09:37:15 PM CST D.J. Augustin's assist-to-turnover ratio since joining the Thunder: 23-to-7.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:54:50 PM CST Nice win for the Thunder without Durant and Westbrook: 108-101 over the Lakers. Next up: Sixers at home on Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:43:34 PM CST Serge Ibaka with the monster block and finger wag https://t.co/iPkWgKZ4Ag
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:38:38 PM CST Jeremy Lamb with 14 points on seven shots in 12 minutes.
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:30:48 PM CST Jeremy Lamb block to the and-1 finish https://t.co/vXJvgi84cK
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:15:41 PM CST Jeremy Lamb wants you to know this was an offensive foul https://t.co/P8hkhxmVDm
Anthony Slater Sun, Mar. 01 2015 07:06:07 PM CST 16 of the Thunder's 18 third quarter points have been scored by the Augustin/Singler/Kanter trio. Sam Presti fist-pumps.

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