Anthony Slater
Sports 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 notebook: Kevin Durant claims he's a better scorer when he is rebounding

    Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    The numbers back up Durant’s claim. In his career, per StatMuse, Durant is averaging 29.9 points per game when he grabs seven or more rebounds. But when Durant is held below seven rebounds, he’s only averaging 24.8 points – a pretty substantial 5.1 point per game dip.

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters talks about the trade and how he'll fit with the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Because of some minor injuries to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters was slated to start for the Cavs on Monday night. And even better: It was in his hometown of Philadelphia. “They were calling the starting lineup up,” Waiters remembered. “I’m in my hometown Philly, everybody come out to see me play. I’m […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Dion Waiters expected to join Thunder in Sacramento; status for Wednesday still unknown

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    It’s still unknown when Dion Waiters will make his OKC debut. With so many moving parts changing hands in this three-team deal — and with some bad weather on the East Coast complicating travel Tuesday morning — there remains some paperwork to be done and physicals to be passed.

  • OKC Thunder: Why the Dion Waiters deal is an OKC reclamation project

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    DION WAITERS — Is the newest Oklahoma City Thunder guard the talent who led Syracuse to the 2012 Elite Eight or the chunky freshman who played “no defense”? For all the talk about Dion Waiters’ scoring potential, Scott Brooks says he has different expectations: “He’s not just coming in here to shoot the ball. He’s going to have to defend and pass the ball.”

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What does the Dion Waiters trade mean for OKC?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 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 […]

  • Reggie Jackson recaps a whirlwind day: "(I thought) I was traded"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    The explosion of the information age allows anyone with an Internet connection to receive news at a constant rate. It’s great in so many ways. But it certainly has its occasional pitfalls. And Reggie Jackson experienced one on Monday evening. As he was on his way to the arena for the Thunder’s game with the Warriors, news started […]

  • Kevin Durant high on the Dion Waiters trade: "We're gonna make him feel wanted"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Late Monday night, a disappointed Thunder locker room was still in the process of digesting an ugly 117-91 loss to the Warriors. But at the same time, players were also still gathering all the facts surrounding the three-team trade that netted Dion Waiters as their new teammate. The deal actually didn’t become official until the game had actually […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Uninspired defense, struggling offense leads to blowout loss at Golden State

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Three minutes in, the Warriors were up six. Sixty seconds later, the lead had already ballooned to 11 – the start of what would be a long night in Oracle Arena for OKC, ending with a 117-91 blowout loss, the Thunder’s third in as many tries against the West-leading Warriors this season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant wins Player of the Week award for 19th time

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    In his return against the Suns, Durant dropped an unbelievable line of 44 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an overtime win. Then two nights later, he backed that up with 34 points and eight rebounds in a win over the Wizards. Combined, he shot 25-of-41 and 10-of-18 from three in the two games.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Fresh off a major three-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder take the floor against the Golden State Warriors. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Thunder acquires Cavs guard Dion Waiters as part of three-team deal

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City adds former Syracuse star, sends Lance Thomas to Knicks, future first-rounder to Cavaliers

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at the short but entertaining history of the Thunder-Warriors series

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    On Monday night, a fully healthy Durant and the Thunder visit Golden State. And two Fridays from now, the Warriors make a return trip to OKC, renewing what’s rapidly becoming one of the league’s most entertaining and competitive matchups.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has interesting connection with Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    After suffering a catastrophic knee injury, Livingston began his comeback with the Thunder organization.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Six burning questions for the new year

    Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    The new year comes with a familiar goal for the Oklahoma City Thunder — an NBA championship. OKC has been on the brink in the past, as close as three wins away in 2012. But it’s proved elusive. And despite some incredible talent, the task remains tall. As the Thunder continue its quest, we take a look at six burning questions.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: In win over Wizards, Kevin Durant and Thunder return to old form

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Despite a two-week absence – his second injury hiatus of the season – Durant has quickly recaptured his MVP form. He has 108 points on 54 shots his past three games, including 34 on 18 during Friday night’s 109-102 win over the Washington Wizards.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks explains why Serge Ibaka's 3s are up and post-ups remain rare

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Entering Friday night, Serge Ibaka’s 41.2 percent clip from the 3-point line was first on the Thunder and 19th in the entire NBA. But despite some incredible success this season – more made 3s and a better percentage than players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Morrow and Chris Bosh – some have suggested Ibaka’s increase in outside shots might be taking away from his interior offensive development. “I get that and I understand that, but a lot of times that can be confusing,” coach Scott Brooks said. “…The back-to-the-basket shot is not a great shot. The good ones in the league aren’t shooting a high percentage. But a lot of people don’t want to look at that.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Wizards

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    It's an elite point guard battle between Russell Westbrook and John Wall as the Washington Wizards come to town. How will Kevin Durant fare in his second game back? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks opts to play Kevin Durant over minute restriction in overtime

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    With Russell Westbrook out and OKC in need of a win, Brooks played Durant the entire overtime, leaving him at 40 for the game.

  • Russell Westbrook goes Marshawn Lynch in postgame presser: "It was a good win for us"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    With seven seconds left in the first half on Wednesday night, Russell Westbrook received a controversial second technical foul for taunting the Suns bench. He was ejected. But the Thunder ended up winning anyway. And when Westbrook was asked about the ejection postgame — and the sequence leading up to it, which included his first technical […]

  • OKC Thunder: Strange first half sequence highlights wild Thunder win over the Suns

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    With 32 seconds left in the first half, after some extended jawing with Markieff Morris, Russell Westbrook took the inbounds pass with some clear intentions. Always energized and now motivated, Westbrook beelined to the hoop for a chance at some brief redemption. But after overshooting the layup into the hands of Suns center Alex Len, Westbrook’s next mission was to get it back. And to do so, he hounded the unaware 7-footer, spooking him into throwing a wild elbow, which sent Westbrook to the floor and set off one of the wilder end-of-half sequences you’ll ever see. An agitated Westbrook rose to his feet to confront Len, but his Thunder teammates were already ahead of him.

Anthony Slater Today at 9:49 PM Word from the team is Kevin Durant will see how the toe feels tomorrow (shootaround, pregame) before determining status.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:41 PM Kevin Durant (sprained toe) remains day-to-day with possibility he can play against Knicks tomorrow.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:24 PM At least he's being honest RT @AlbertBreer: Marshawn Lynch answering every question: "I'm here so I won't get fined."
Anthony Slater Today at 11:05 AM The Thunder is scheduled to fly to NYC around 1 pm CT today. Sounds like a high probability game vs Knicks will be a go on Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Today at 10:18 AM VIDEO: @DarnellMayberry and I break down the Thunder's win over Minnesota - LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 7:30 AM Steven Adams revealed more about his recurring migraines and had some great quotes about guarding Nik Pekovic -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:39 AM RT @hiliteGENESIS: Latest Thunder Analysis w/ @DarnellMayberry and @anthonyVslater ---> Check out LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:44:47 PM CST He called it his "Terminator" look RT @hiliteGENESIS: Just Steven Adams being Steven Adams in postgame tonight. LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:29:45 PM CST Minor concern: Steven Adams said he been getting sporadic but "random" migraines since he was 14. Been trying to figure out "trigger points"
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 11:28:59 PM CST The always hilarious Steven Adams talks migraine headaches and guarding Nikola Pekovic -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 10:48:06 PM CST Steven Adams on Nikola Pekovic vs Kendrick Perkins: "It was like watching two bears attack each other. It looked amazing."
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:46:48 PM CST Scott Brooks opening statement to the media: "I'm surprised you guys stayed"
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:31:41 PM CST Thunder now 2.5 games back of Phoenix for #8.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:31:22 PM CST Thunder beat the Wolves 92-84 and now let's never speak of this game again.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:16:25 PM CST Nice efficient night from Reggie Jackson: 14 points on 5/7 FG.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:07:13 PM CST In a race with very little competition, Serge Ibaka has been OKC's best player tonight: 13 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:59:32 PM CST Second time this season Dion Waiters has had at least 10 points and five assists in a game, first with OKC.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:52:55 PM CST Thunder and Wolves shot a combined 12-of-42 in the third quarter. OKC won it 17-16.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:49:09 PM CST Flip Saunders stiff-arming his assistant was one of the top three highlights of this game. Which says a lot.
Anthony Slater Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:47:42 PM CST Serge Ibaka with 13 points, 14 rebounds tonight. One of the few things going right for OKC.