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.

Top Stories


  • What's at stake in Wednesday night's Thunder-Clippers game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Five games remain on the Thunder’s regular season schedule.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Kings

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Can the Thunder snap its road slump with a win against the Sacramento Kings tonight? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater jumps on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., answering your questions on Kevin Durant's scoring streak, the Thunder's playoff position, defending the 3-pointer and more. Join the conversation.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    It's 40 consecutive games and counting with 25 points or more for Kevin Durant. Can he pass Michael Jordan tonight against the Phoenix Suns? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins tonight against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around Twitter.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 106-94 win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s impressive 106-94 win over the Spurs on Thursday night: 1.

  • OKC Thunder: Inspired defense leads Thunder to another win over Spurs

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Oklahoma City finishes with 14 steals and 30 fastbreak points.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins, Reggie Jackson return

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Both Thunder players will play on a minutes restriction.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins back against Spurs

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Prior to Thursday's big game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced that Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins would all play. Perkins (groin) had missed 17 straight games leading into Thursday, and Jackson had missed the last two games with a back sprain. But both participated in a majority of Wednesday's practice. It was up in the air whether or not Westbrook would play Thursday against the Spurs or Friday against Houston Rockets on the road. Westbrook has been restricted to one half of back-to-back games for the rest of the regular season. Perkins will get the Westbrook treatment for the rest of the season in back-to-backs.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins are back for the Thunder tonight, as OKC tries to halt the San Antonio Spurs' 19-game winning streak. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • OKC Thunder: Does the Thunder have San Antonio's number?

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Spurs come to OKC riding a 19-game winning streak. But San Antonio is winless against the Thunder this season.

  • Thunder roundtable: Are the Spurs now the Western Conference favorites?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, previewing Thursday’s showdown between the Spurs and Thunder and looking down the road at a potential playoff matchup between the two: 1.

  • Thunder chat: Anthony Slater talks about the Spurs' streak, sitting Westbrook and Perry Jones' future

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Will the Thunder take down the streaking San Antonio Spurs on Thursday? What's the injury status of Perk, Thabo and Reggie. Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat to talk Thunder basketball. Here's the full transcript:

  • Thunder roundtable: What prospects should OKC fans keep an eye on during the Final Four?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Four questions for four writers, examining some of the potential prospects the Thunder front office potentially had its eye on this March: 1. Name a prospect Thunder fans should keep an eye on at the Final Four this weekend.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook to miss one of next two games

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    With three days off before a pair of vital late-season games against the Spurs and Rockets, now would seem as good a time as any for the Thunder to stretch Russell Westbrook out and play him on both ends of a back-to-back. But, according to Scott Brooks, it’s “safe to assume” that Westbrook will indeed rest one of the next two games. So with that established, the question becomes, which of the two? And the obvious answer would seem to be Friday at Houston, with his services likely needed more against the streaking Spurs, especially when considering the seeding implications. Plus, that would give Westbrook an extra day of rest before a tough game in Phoenix on Sunday.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who do you have winning the West?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our newly created 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.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder's improved ball security key to recent run

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    In four of the past five games, OKC has committed 14 or fewer turnovers, including 13 in the win Sunday over Utah.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 31 to keep streak going as Thunder beats Jazz

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points for the 38th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight games for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Seeking its sixth win in seven games, the Thunder hosts the Utah Jazz today at 2 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around Twitter.

  • Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson doesn't practice, status unknown for Sunday against the Jazz

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Scott Brooks called Reggie Jackson a game-time decision for Sunday’s 2 p.m. tip against the Utah Jazz. Jackson suffered a mid-back sprain at practice on Thursday and didn’t play in the Thunder’s win over the Kings on Friday.




Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 10:41:48 PM CST @RealDealRobbins @ESPN_FirstTake They use postgame interview questions?
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 08:50:55 PM CST @lpces99 Should say he's needed 53 shots for 69 points. Thanks for catching that.
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 07:59:31 PM CST Eddie Sutton created a problem. Now the Thunder -- his favorite NBA team -- must solve it: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 05:20:36 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast (LINK) is now on iTunes. Subscribe/listen here: https://t.co/iWqggzDjhs
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 05:06:13 PM CST @MCSportsShow Yeah. Just emailed you.
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 05:03:10 PM CST The cover of the sports section of today's @TheOklahoman: "Allen Wrench" -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 03:27:40 PM CST New Thunder podcast discussing the wild Game 2 and what adjustments Scott Brooks must make in Memphis -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 02:45:13 PM CST Kevin Durant clearly tired of Tony Allen questions: "It's not like I'm being totally locked down...It's not like I'm nonexistent."
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:59:42 PM CST "I might take Utah in a series over the Pacers right now. They're El Stinko De Maco" - @BerryTramel
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:56:12 PM CST @jayhoward32 Little of both. Strange shot selection, but a ton of that has to do with Memphis' physical style.
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:40:22 PM CST ICYMI: Video breakdown of why Tony Allen has been so effective guarding Kevin Durant -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:16:58 PM CST @KOCOCarson @MikeSherman Nope
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:05:56 PM CST Telling stat MT @ESPNStatsInfo The Thunder is 3-10 when attempting at least 30 3s, 57-14 when attempting fewer than 30.
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 11:39:00 AM CST Thunder Film Room Study: A video breakdown of why Tony Allen has been so effective guarding Kevin Durant-> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 11:03:38 AM CST Bovada giving Derek Fisher 9/1 odds to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 09:30:25 AM CST Postgame video analysis: @DarnellMayberry and I dissecting a tough Thunder loss -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 09:00:26 AM CST In both design and shot selection, the Thunder's late game offense was the problem during Monday's loss: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 02:30:46 AM CST Postgame video analysis with @DarnellMayberry and I -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:10:12 AM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: nuggets... LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Apr. 22 2014 01:03:22 AM CST @J_Stee 0-of-5 in 14 minutes