Anthony Slater
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.

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  • PHOTOS: Thunder center Steven Adams adds Polynesian tattoo to his right forearm

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Back in 2005, when Chris Birdman Anderson was part of the Oklahoma City Hornets, he was already quirky. But his now tattoo-filled body was just in the early stages of its first coat of arm paint: He was 26 then. This is him just a few years later, looking like he had a bad run-in with a box of […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha's solid Thunder career likely ends with a dud

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Following a regular season littered with injuries and an extended shooting slump, Thabo Sefolosha’s struggles worsened in the playoffs.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Thabo Sefolosha's 2013-14 season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    One season after a career year behind the arc — making 108 threes on 42 percent shooting — Sefolosha completely lost his stroke.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha scored only two points in what was likely his final playoff series with the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The NBA offseason is officially here. What does the Thunder need to do to catch up to the Spurs? Anthony Slater will be on at 11 a.m. talking OKC offseason and the NBA Finals wrap-up. Join the conversation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Who should start at center, Kendrick Perkins or Steven Adams?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kendrick Perkins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams' breakout postseason vital for his development

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Over the Thunder’s final 14 playoff games, Adams played 310 minutes, 53 more than starter Kendrick Perkins and the fifth most on the team, behind only Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's Steven Adams' ceiling in the NBA?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Steven Adams:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams' season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    A closer look at Thunder rookie Steven Adams’ numbers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Steven Adams' rookie season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    After his reinsertion into the rotation late in the Memphis series, Adams was spectacular in spurts and key in some of OKC’s biggest wins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Perry Jones III fit in next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    25-11 – The Thunder’s record with Jackson as a starter this season. 1,047 – Points scored by Jackson in his third year, 533 more than his first two years combined. 32 – Game 4 points from Jackson in Memphis, more than any non-Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook Thunder player (OKC era) has ever scored in a postseason game. 37 – 3-pointers made by Jackson in his first two seasons combined, converting only 22 percent. 83 – 3-pointers made by Jackson in his third season, converting 34 percent. 85 – Steals in the regular season, averaging 1.1 per game. 5 – Steals in the playoffs, averaging 0.3 per game. 89.

  • OKC Thunder: Now established, Reggie Jackson eyes defensive improvements heading into next year

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Thunder guard was forced into a variety of roles this season, but knows the part of his game that must improve.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackon's season report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Grading Reggie Jackson’s third season: Starting stint: B Dating back to the 2013 Rockets series, Jackson did an admirable job filling in for one of the most irreplaceable talents in the NBA. Without Russell Westbrook, the Thunder played understandably worse. But not that much worse, going 25-11 without their All-Star point guard this season. And some of that was due to Jackson, who didn’t overcompensate or press when thrust into a tough situation. He ran the show, remained steadily productive, took over in brief stretches and allowed Kevin Durant to do his thing. OKC doesn’t get near 59 wins without him being able to switch roles.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking stock of Reggie Jackson's season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson: 1. Reggie Jackson's third season in the NBA was ... Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) — Eventful. He went from starting point guard to sixth man to starting point guard to sixth man to starting shooting guard. He had ups and downs along the journey, but in staying humble in his successes and focused in his struggles, he revealed a lot about who he is and where he is going in this league. Can’t wait to see what he does next year, when he should finally find comfort in his fourth season. Anthony Slater (beat writer) — A roller coaster. A few weeks in, Jackson was already being pumped as the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

  • Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown among those who have worked out for Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    With a pair of late first round picks in the June 26th draft, the Thunder is doing its due diligence of late, working out several potential prospects. And among those to perform in front of the OKC brass was former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, a source told The Oklahoman. The high-flying four-year guard, who transformed into […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Was Caron Butler the right choice for OKC, and will he be back?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    THUNDER ROUNDTABLE — The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Caron Butler.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Explaining the Igor Ibaka situation; when will he be eligible?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Igor Ibaka, the brother of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, carries a surname that adds immediate intrigue around these parts. But starring for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Igor was in the early stages of a college career quickly gaining steam. But now, it seems, there will be more of an interest in Igor statewide. News surfaced on Tuesday night – first reported by Rivals site Juco Junction and later confirmed by The Oklahoman – that Igor intends to play for Oklahoma State in the 2015-16 season. Igor impressed during a December game attended by The Oklahoman’s Anthony Slater, blocking a few shots, throwing down a dunk and flashing a smooth looking jumper, rare in most big men and similar in form to his brother.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    88 – Percent from the free-throw line in the playoffs, making 145 of his 164 free throws. Kevin Durant, widely considered the best in the league in that category, went 132 of 163. 7.3 – Rebounds per game in the postseason for Westbrook, a career-high for a point guard who has led the league in that category three out of the past four seasons. 0 – Players in the past 50 seasons who have averaged at least 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds like Westbrook did in these playoffs. 3 – Triple-doubles for Westbrook in the playoffs, three more than anyone else in the league. 36 – Regular season games missed for Westbrook this season, the first time in his career he’d missed a regular season




Anthony Slater Today at 2:34 PM RT @NBA: Former teammates catch up at @usabasketball practice... @nyknicks Coach @derekfisher & @russwest44 LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:12 PM Kevin Durant's Team USA shoes (via @NBA): LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:10 PM #52? RT @NBA: KD's ready to go for his first @usabasketball practice https://t.co/MQLwq6CKS8
Anthony Slater Today at 1:17 PM Grant Jerrett made 43% of his corner threes last season, including 7/14 from the right corner. His NBADL shot chart: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:15 PM Grant Jerrett is a project. But his potential to become a sharpshooting stretch four led OKC to sign him long-term - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:38 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: @dmasonart why did we all scream on him like that lol. That was a sick dunk man! Miss ya bro
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:36 PM CST RT @dmasonart: Had to hunt this one down for #TBT! Been a while since a BBall #TBT so let's make it a #OkcThunder… LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:08:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: The latest update on Thunder TV analyst Grant Long's resignation (via @darnellmayberry): LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:12 PM CST RT @CodyStavenhagen: Arena: "As of right now, they are not wearing it.They actually would have had to have told us that some time ago, and …
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:02 PM CST Through the NBA, @CodyStavenhagen confirmed the Thunder won't wear gold tabs on the back of their jerseys to honor Sonics title.
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 20 2014 01:45:38 PM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: A must reader for Thunder/NBA fans. Great stuff by @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 19 2014 10:27:57 PM CST Pick makes more sense RT @DarnellMayberry: Why Josh Huestis might become the first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:41:20 PM CST Random thought: Wonder if OKC would ever use D-league as a rehab assignment (ala MLB). Returning from bad calf? Get 20 mins in for 66ers.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:38:29 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: Pretty cool RT @royceyoung: Thunder announce they're relocating the 66ers to Oklahoma City.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:37:34 PM CST Thunder already shuffles younger players back and forth to the D-League at record rates. This will make it even easier.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:34:42 PM CST Full story RT @NewsOK: MORE on #OKCThunder's D-League franchise moving to OKC from Tulsa LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:32:29 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: #OKCThunder talking to city about having its D-League franchise play at the Cox Center, moving from Tulsa starting w/upcom…
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:32:09 PM CST Thunder's D-League affiliate, the 66ers, relocating to OKC. Will make it an even smoother partnership for the franchise.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 10:25:15 AM CST #OKstate fans, give @kylefredrickson a follow. He's @NewsOKSports' new OSU beat writer.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 17 2014 10:04:29 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: Humbled and excited to announce I'm joining @NewsOKSports team as the Oklahoma State football beat writer: LINK