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.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook holds Jordan event at Penn Square Mall, gives back to Boys & Girls Club

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    When Russell Westbrook and the Jordan Brand executives were mapping out the unveiling of Westbrook’s new commercial, the Thunder star insisted it take place in Oklahoma City in front of the “best fans in the world,” as Westbrook calls them. On Wednesday, he made that happen, appearing at a special event at Penn Square Mall in North OKC to show off his new “Ready to Fly” campaign. “It was real fun,” Westbrook said of the commercial, which received rave reviews. “I’m happy with the way it came out. Jordan team did a great job coming up with the idea. It was fun.” In the spot, Westbrook does a solid job playing a hard-nosed trainer. It’s the second piece of acting he’s had in the past month, after

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: ESPN's Brian Windhorst talks LeBron-Durant and Cavs-Thunder

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 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 - 12/10 (<–Click here) - With LeBron James and the Cavaliers invading Oklahoma City on Thursday, we are joined by ESPN national writer Brian Windhorst to discuss the intriguing matchup, his long history with LeBron and his altered outlook on the Thunder's season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Back from frustrating injury, Perry Jones provides Thunder a unique look

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Two nights after dropping a career-high 32 points on the Clippers, Perry Jones hit the 20-point plateau with a late-game dagger 3-pointer to clinch a big home win over the Nuggets.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant supportive of 'I Can't Breathe' protest T-shirts

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    While Kevin Durant hasn’t been seen sporting an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt like some of his fellow NBA standouts, the Thunder star said he admires Derrick Rose and others for standing up for what they believe in.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder holds seventh Target Holiday Assist charity event

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Thunder does approximately 75 community events per year featuring players, but throughout the organization there’s a general feeling that the Target Holiday Shopping Spree is the best.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomes the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks to town. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks attempting a new substitution pattern

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Following his sluggish 10-point outing in Philadelphia, Durant admitted his new substitution pattern was throwing him off a bit.

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks joins elite coaching group with his 300th win

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    On Sunday in Detroit, Scott Brooks became the 63rd coach in NBA history to reach 300 career wins. “300?” Brooks said, unaware of the milestone. “Well, that’s a great number if you’re a baseball player.” But it’s also a pretty elite group in the coaching world — particularly with how quickly Brooks has done it. […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 96-94 win in Detroit

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The Thunder beat the Pistons 96-94 in Detroit on Sunday. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Win’s a win – With news of Kevin Durant’s likely return leaking out right before this road trip, many expected a dominant three-game run from a Thunder team desperately needing to get its season back on track. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder escapes Pistons 96-94

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    The 7-13 Thunder moved within 41/2 games of the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant meets with Detroit kid who had his KD 7's stolen, gives him merchandise

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    The Pistons reached out to Durant and the Thunder to let them know what happened.

  • Kevin Durant meets with Detroit-area kid who had his KD 7’s stolen, gives him merchandise

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    AUBURN HILLS – About a week before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Anthony Cupp had his KD 7 shoes stolen. Money is tight in Cupp’s family. His mother – Janiesa Cupp – is still undergoing therapy after surgery to remove a tumor, which sucks up most of the finances. So Cupp mowed some lawns in his neighborhood to […]

  • Live coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Sunday's game between Oklahoma City and Detroit.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Red-hot Jeremy Lamb in the midst of best stretch of his young career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In his last four games, Jeremy Lamb has been explosive and consistent in his limited bench role: 21 points in 24 minutes against Utah, 13 in 21 against the Knicks, 15 in 15 against the Pelicans and 15 in 30 against the Sixers.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Rusty Kevin Durant struggling to adjust to new substitution pattern

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    With 2:40 left in Friday night’s win over the Sixers, Kevin Durant swooped in for a transition layup that had little meaning on the final result. But from an individual standpoint, it held plenty of significance. The hoop got Durant into double-figures for the 407th consecutive game. But the fact that it took the four-time scoring champ so long to reach that point highlighted what was one of his worst offensive nights in years. Durant’s 10 points were his lowest output since April 2009 and his 3-of-11 shooting line (29 percent) was his least efficient since March 2012. Part of that can be blamed on expected rust. It was his second game back after missing the opening month with a foot fracture.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Perry Jones makes return to lineup with lesser role

    Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    When Perry Jones last played a game – on Nov. 4 in Toronto – he was a starter and go-to scorer on a depleted Thunder roster. But upon returning from a 13-game absence on Friday night in Philadelphia, he found himself on the fringe of the rotation. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and others have returned, leaving Jones more as a break in case of emergency option than a must-play. “He might not play tonight,” coach Scott Brooks admitted pregame. “But he might.” The verdict: Jones did get in on Friday. He first entered for the final 55 seconds of the first half. Then he returned to start the fourth quarter for an extended run to get his rhythm. Jones missed his only shot in six minutes.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Sixers

    Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater provides coverage of Friday's Oklahoma City-Philadelphia game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Can the Thunder's bench continue to play like one of the NBA's elite?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    During an early stretch of the season filled with unbelievable injury attrition, many of OKC’s reserves got starter-type minutes. Now back in their more comfortable secondary roles, the early results seem to indicate that forced experience was fruitful.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant hoping to regain rhythm with teammates before it's too late

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    The Thunder’s next two games come against the bad 1-17 Philadelphia 76ers and the extremely disappointing 3-16 Detroit Pistons. It’s an ideal time for OKC to get it right – or risk falling too deep in a daunting Western Conference hole.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How long will it take OKC to right the ship?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 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 […]




Anthony Slater Today at 3:31 PM Russell Westbrook on his 3-point attempts: "I honestly need to stop taking as many" -> LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:02 PM Russell Westbrook averaged 2.6 three-point attempts in the Thunder's last eight wins. He's averaged 8.0 3PA in the last two losses.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:19 PM Russell Westbrook grows tired of the late-game criticism: "I don't want to hear it" -> LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:13 PM Kevin Durant (ankle) did not practice today. His status for the Portland game is still up in the air.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:21 PM Portland in Okc tomorrow RT @JabariJYoung: #Blazers say LaMarcus Aldridge has respiratory illness...is questionable for tonight
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 11:34:45 PM CST VIDEO: @DarnellMayberry and I break down the Thunder's home loss to the Pelicans - LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 10:42:03 PM CST Anthony Davis torched Serge Ibaka and the Thunder tonight. Recap from OKC: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 09:22:15 PM CST Serge Ibaka on Anthony Davis' 38 points: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 09:13:16 PM CST Russell Westbrook: "When we won 8 in a row, nobody said nothing about not passing. So I don't want to hear it now."
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 08:22:14 PM CST Anthony Davis combined for 63 points and 22 rebounds in the two Thunder-Pelicans matchups this year. Serge Ibaka combined for 12 and 11.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 08:18:28 PM CST The Thunder went scoreless in the final 3:45. In that time, Russell Westbrook went 0-of-6 shooting and turned it over once.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 08:16:10 PM CST Thunder lose at home to the Pelicans. Fall to 13-15 on the season.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 08:09:48 PM CST Third double-double of the season for Steven Adams. has 12 and 10 tonight.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 08:05:18 PM CST Anthony Davis with 38 and 10 now. Pelicans up two late.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 07:44:24 PM CST End 3Q: Thunder up 81-76 on the Pelicans. Outscored the Pelicans 33-23 in the third.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 07:31:45 PM CST Russell Westbrook has at least 20-5-5 in 11 of the 12 games since he's been back. 22 pts, 7 asts, 5 rebs tonight midway through 3rd.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 07:27:57 PM CST Nice spurt from Perry Jones. Has eight points in the quarter, 10 in the game. Thunder within one.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 07:01:19 PM CST Halftime: Thunder down 53-48 to the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook: 14 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds. ADavis: 21 and 7
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 06:56:10 PM CST Anthony Davis in 15 first half minutes vs OKC: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 9/12 FG. Best player on the floor.
Anthony Slater Sun, Dec. 21 2014 06:54:29 PM CST The result https://t.co/gJDb4kWT4j