Anthony Slater
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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder might have lost Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb to injury

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    With Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb going down at Monday's practice, it's starting to get hard to keep track of all the Thunder's injuries.

  • Thunder center Kendrick Perkins on starting: "It really don't even matter"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins enters his 12th NBA season surrounded by some personal unknown. He doesn’t know if he’ll start. He doesn’t know how much he’ll play. Facing a contract year, he doesn’t even know where he’ll be next season. “Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous,” Perkins admitted. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be, what the playing time […]

  • A look at what's new in the NBA this season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Expedited replay reviews are just one of the changes the league has made.

  • A very Thunder Halloween Part II: Check out the costumes of OKC's players

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    As is becoming tradition right before each season, Nick Collison threw a birthday/Halloween party on Saturday night. Last year, Serge Ibaka stole the show by dressing as Akeem from Coming to America, which you can see by clicking here. This year, the costume champ was probably Russell Westbrook. Complete with a full mustache, Westbrook dressed as the cop from […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Camp invitee Lance Thomas makes roster

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The rash of Thunder injuries has created an opportunity for Lance Thomas. Because of a severe lack of depth entering the season — Kevin Durant, Mitch McGary, Grant Jerrett and Anthony Morrow are all expected to miss time — OKC is keeping around one of its training-camp invitees.

  • Russell Westbrook to judge 'Why not?' public fashion show on Saturday in North OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Russell Westbrook has long been known for his bold fashion choices. Now he’ll be judging the attempts of others. On Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Westbrook will be out at the U.S. Cellular store at 2130 W Memorial Road near Quail Springs Mall, overseeing what is being labeled as the ‘Why Not Fashion […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Kendrick Perkins all expected to be ready for the opener

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Perkins missed the entire preseason with a groin injury. Jackson missed five games with a wrist contusion. Lamb missed the final two with a heel issue.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Oklahoman writers examine some storylines for upcoming season

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, examining some Thunder storylines entering the upcoming season. 1. __________ needs to step up most in Durant's absence? Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) – Reggie Jackson. All eyes will be on Russell Westbrook. But we know what the Thunder will get from him. And we also know he can't do it alone. He'll need as much help as he can get. But the guy who has to help him most is the next most talented offensive player, and that is now Jackson. Anthony Slater (beat writer) – Agreed. Gotta be Jackson. Westbrook already does so much for this team. Can’t really expect his numbers to take that much of a bump. Same with Serge Ibaka. They are secure in their roles. But Jackson should suddenly

  • Thunder forward Nick Collison attends World Series: "I've been a die-hard Royals fan...for three or four weeks"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Nick Collison is like a lot of Midwesterners these days — swept up in Royal madness. So with the Thunder on an off-day this past Wednesday, the Iowa native and former KU Jayhawk hopped on a quick flight up to Kansas City. He met his father at Kauffman Stadium for Game 2 of the World […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Updated: Thu, Oct 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 - 10/23 (<--Click here) - The regular season is days away, meaning our over/under season preview has returned. How many 3s will Serge Ibaka make? Will Mitch McGary crack the rotation? How many technicals will Russell Westbrook get? What will Darnell be wrong about this year? We discuss.

  • Thunder notebook: Despite injuries, Thunder still likely to keep only 14 on roster

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Because of a rash of injuries – 11 guaranteed roster guys missed some or all of the preseason due to various ailments – coach Scott Brooks labeled this a “dream team” for undrafted rookies hoping for any kind of opportunity.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five observations from the Thunder's preseason finale

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Perry Jones had 20 points and Russell Westbrook added 14 points and 11 assists for Oklahoma City, which struggled in its final preseason game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook thinks the preseason should be shorter

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Thunder’s preseason schedule came to an end on Tuesday night. And if you ask star point guard Russell Westbrook, it came a few games too late. “Shorten the preseason,” Westbrook said. “The preseason needs to be shortened for sure. I just think that it’s too long, seven games. It should be three or four games and then get ready for the season.” Of late, some NBA stars have advocated for the shortening of the 82-game regular season. LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki were at the forefront of that. But Westbrook disagrees. “I’m cool with that,” Westbrook said of the regular-season length. “That’s fine with me. I like playing basketball, actually I love playing basketball. I have no problem playing 82

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up its preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant becomes underwear endorser for Neff Headwear

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s current inactivity on the court isn’t affecting his momentum in the business world. The Thunder superstar partnered with another company on Tuesday afternoon, with Neff Headwear announcing Durant as its newest endorser. “We teamed up with NBA superstar and global icon Kevin Durant to create an exclusive designer underwear collection,” the company wrote […]

  • Transcript of Kevin Durant's first meeting with the media since his injury

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    For the first time since the first significant injury of his life, Kevin Durant spoke with the media on Tuesday morning. Here is the transcript: What’s your frame of mind coming out of surgery? It was good. It was different experience for me, never been injured before. Throughout this whole process, the Thunder’s been great […]

  • Live Coverage: Kevin Durant Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant speaks with the media at 9:30 a.m. from the Thunder practice facility. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Russell Westbrook has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that he will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves Preseason in Tulsa

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Oklahoma City's preseason game against Minnesota in Tulsa.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams' improved offensive touch leads to breakout preseason, high expectations

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Steven Adams returned to training camp this year a much improved offensive player. He showed flashes last season, but his production was inconsistent and limited. This season, the difference has been clear.

Anthony Slater Today at 10:12 AM Thunder 12-point underdogs at the Clippers tonight. First time I can remember them being double-digit dogs since inaugural season in OKC.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:00 AM Five observations from the Thunder's 106-89 season-opening loss in Portland: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:41 AM @brookdewayne51 Roberson should remain starter. OKC wants him to get comfortable there. But RJax should log heavy minutes. Less for PJ3.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:18 AM Five observations (and lots of Vines) from the Thunder's 106-89 season-opening loss in Portland: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:03 AM Blazers drop the Thunder 106-89. Russell Westbrook was great -- 38 points, 6 assists -- but didn't get much help.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:57:49 PM CST Blazers outscoring the Thunder 26-8 in the fourth quarter, lead up to 16. It's ovaaaaaah.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:53:31 PM CST @zisanford @DarnellMayberry Depends on who is playing well. Adams has been brutal tonight.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:52:22 PM CST Eight combined turnovers from Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Rough night for the Thunder frontline.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:47:20 PM CST @thomas_reese Return probably sometime in December
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:46:24 PM CST @thomas_reese Ankle surgery this offseason
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:42:42 PM CST I kinda like Lance Thomas' game. Wouldn't be surprised if, even when others return, he remains on the roster.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:32:02 PM CST Solid job to end the third by a depleted second unit. OKC up 77-75 heading to the fourth. Westbrook should be back soon.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:27:08 PM CST @royceyoung I prefer the Coney Island clearout
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:26:15 PM CST Danger lineup in a close game for OKC: Telfair, Jones, Thomas, Collison, Perk
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:20:03 PM CST Russell Westbrook flexin on em
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:18:16 PM CST Russell Westbrook's 33 points the most of any player in the NBA's first two nights. Still 18 minutes left.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:15:54 PM CST Lance Thomas a better option than Perry Jones right now. May have seen the last of PJ3 tonight.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 11:02:47 PM CST By the way, what a great outlet pass by Nick Collison on that end-of-half Westbrook slam. Kevin Love-esque.
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 10:56:20 PM CST Dudes in OKC gonna be rolling to the YMCA tomorrow like... LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Oct. 29 2014 10:48:47 PM CST Thunder up 54-49 on Portland at half. -Westbrook: 26 points, 5 assists, 7/13 FG -Lillard: 0 points, 2 assists, 0/5 FG