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.

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on Russell Westbrook and the media, Thunder trades and all the Serge Ibaka 3s

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on Monday, from the Thunder's involvement in the trade market to Russell Westbrook and the media. Here's the recap.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 127-99 blowout of Orlando

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s highlight-filled 127-99 blowout of the Magic: 1. First half showcase – In the Thunder’s first three January road games — bad losses to the Warriors, Kings and Rockets — slow starts were a massive issue. OKC was outscored 102-59 combined in those three first quarters, with each early deficit eventually proving […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook submits his case for dunk of the year

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Thunder’s blowout of Orlando on Sunday night was chalked full of highlight plays. But one certainly flew above the rest. Literally. In the middle of the third quarter, Russell Westbrook soared for a fastbreak reverse slam with a loud splash of style. My personal opinion — It was the best dunk of his career. Check out […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Orlando Magic in the first game of a five-game road trip. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook continues his Marshawn Lynch-like interview tactics

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Russell Westbrook has never been great with the media. He doesn’t delve into detail with his answers. He’s not particularly forthcoming. He occasionally pops off, most notably with a meme-worthy “What???” in Utah a couple seasons ago. But he typically gave proper answers to questions. Not anymore. Westbrook has apparently grown tired of the media and adopted […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook outplays Steph Curry, shines in Thunder win

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Following a convincing loss to the Thunder – in which his Warriors gave up a season-high in points – Golden State coach Steve Kerr was asked which of OKC’s stars was the most impressive. Was it Serge Ibaka, the talented big man who caught a rhythm and finally was given the ball in fourth quarter, leading to 14 of his career-high tying 27 points coming in the final nine minutes? Or was it Kevin Durant, the reigning MVP who looked every bit the part, calmly dropping in a game-high 36 points on an unbelievable 14-of-18 shooting? Or could it have been Russell Westbrook, the polarizing point guard who compiled the first NBA game of at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists since Rajon Rondo in March

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins at the center of Brook Lopez-to-Thunder trade rumors

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Brook Lopez rumors swept through Oklahoma City on Friday morning, to the point that it seemed likely the Nets center would be joining the Thunder by the time you could hit refresh on your Twitter feed. But it never happened. Reports eventually surfaced that the Nets backed off the deal, preferring to stand pat – for now – on any Lopez trade talks. But in the crossfire of the trade rumors were Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb, reported to be the main pieces heading to Brooklyn if the trade was completed. “They’re human beings, so it’s tough hearing your name in trade talks,” Kevin Durant said. “But we also know it’s a business. You know what you’re getting into. We got a lot of veteran guys that can

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-101 loss in Houston

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 112-101 loss in Houston on Thursday night: 1. Nightmare first quarter: Coming off a five-day break, there was a sense — or at least an internal hope — that the Thunder would come back refreshed and in rhythm. For about three possessions, it looked that way. OKC was up […]

  • Report: Thunder in trade discussions to possibly land Brook Lopez

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As the Thunder stumbled in Houston on Thursday night, continued trade rumors swirled around the struggling team. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that OKC is in discussions to potentially land Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in a 3-team deal that would send Charlotte guard Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn and Jarrett Jack and Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte. But […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews one of the NBA's best rivalries against the Houston Rockets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking a look at each NBA team's record since Thanksgiving

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Thabo Sefolosha’s Atlanta Hawks beat the Celtics last night. In itself, not a remarkable feat. But for the still underrated Hawks, it was their 10th straight win and 24th in the past 26th games. That’s right: The ATLiens are the hottest team in basketball, currently 31-8 and at the top of the Eastern Conference by […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: ESPN's Dave McMenamin talks Dion Waiters, Cavs struggles and more

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 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 roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at a bit of a crossroads, sitting at 18-19, on the outside of the playoffs looking in and needing to play far better in the second half. So this seems as good a time as any to check in with one of our occasional roundtables.

  • OKC Thunder: Ish Smith's surprising skill set, team-first mentality earns him guaranteed contract with Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Ish Smith’s skill set goes far beyond being a human blur, now, apparently, including a sudden vertical leap that showed up after that injury his junior year.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Would it be wise for OKC to trade Reggie Jackson?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 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 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Rare five-day break comes at needed time for the Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Following Friday night’s win over the Jazz, OKC now has five days off before its next game against the Rockets next Thursday — essentially serving as a second All-Star break.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks goes with Dion Waiters over Reggie Jackson down the stretch

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The ingrained Thunder sixth man who has long clamored for a starting role could always fall back on the fact that he was closing. But not on this night. Coach Scott Brooks was utilizing his new tool. And it was hard to blame him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka starting program to aid chronically ill teens

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Through the new Serge Ibaka Foundation, the Thunder power forward is participating in a new support group that is aimed at encouraging teens with chronic illnesses at The Children’s Hospital at OU’s Medical Center.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Can the Thunder stop its losing streak? OKC returns home to take on the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.




Anthony Slater Today at 12:28 AM Turbulent Thunder season hits low-point in loss to the Knicks. Story from OKC: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:02 AM Suns beat the Wizards, jump to 3.5 games up on OKC for the #8 seed. Terrible night for the Thunder.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:11:58 PM CST Kendrick Perkins: "We gotta get our s*** together"
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:39:56 PM CST RT @royceyoung: Kevin Durant's brother with his thoughts: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:23:43 PM CST The Knicks entered tonight 0-10 against last year's West playoff teams. Now 1-10. Just a terrible loss for the Thunder.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:23:32 PM CST Final: Knicks beat the Thunder 100-92. Oof.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:20:08 PM CST Lance Thomas out here throwing daggers now.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:17:01 PM CST Pretty incredible block by Russell Westbrook https://t.co/Tw4gkAgpEv
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:11:21 PM CST Knicks up 12 with 2:28 left. Thunder will need a miracle to avoid a disaster loss.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:04:19 PM CST Russell Westbrook has more than double the points (34) that the rest of the four Thunder starters have combined (16).
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:01:14 PM CST I'm expecting a slightly high Russell Westbrook usage rate in the final five minutes. He may need to go for 40+.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:55:56 PM CST Two straight Tim Hardaway Jr. 3s. Knicks up 7 -- their biggest lead of the night. Uh oh.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:50:13 PM CST Lance Thomas has more points (12) than everyone on the Thunder not named Russell Westbrook.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:41:35 PM CST End 3Q: Thunder trail the Knicks 68-67. Big 12 minutes coming up. A game OKC can't afford to lose.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:38:38 PM CST Lance Thomas getting buckets on his former team.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:27:29 PM CST Solid stretch of basketball from Russell Westbrook: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:26:30 PM CST Russell Westbrook has nine points in the last 80 seconds.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:07:51 PM CST @ChackoBeast I'm at the game in NYC. It's the tiny TV they have sitting next to me at MSG.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:03:45 PM CST Interesting: The Thunder only took three 3s in the first half. And the only one they made was that wild Westbrook heave.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:02:17 PM CST Russell Westbrook made this https://t.co/k7WWU3gMJm

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