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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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson hoping to pair an outside shot with dynamic defensive skill

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A productive stint in the starting lineup also gave Roberson the platform to showcase his biggest weakness. Andre Roberson is an NBA shooting guard without a shot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Andre Roberson

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Grading Andre Roberson’s season: Defense: A- – At his exit interview, Roberson recalled a rough start up in Toronto, when DeMar Derozen abused Roberson on his way to a big night. But that was really his only lackluster defensive performance. When Thabo Sefolosha was out, Roberson was inserted as the defensive stopper and he produced, slowing the likes of Kyle Korver, Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks. Disruptive on the perimeter and energized at all times, Roberson is already a plus-defender in this league. Shooting: D – It’s tough to be a shooting guard in the NBA with no threat of a shot. Roberson is trying to develop one, hoisting it up when he’s left wide open, working on it after practice and vowing to reconstruct it

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A closer look at Andre Roberson’s season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Title-hungry Nick Collison knows his NBA clock is ticking

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    At the start of next season – which will be the final year on his current contract – Collison will be 34. He’s out of his prime and on the downward slope toward retirement.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Nick Collison

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Grading Nick Collison’s season: Corner three: C – Each day after practice, as a select group of players split off for individual work, Nick Collison always migrated toward the corner. He’d work on a variety of jumpshots, but always finish off in that popular 3-point destination, trying to master the corner three. And he implemented it into the game this season, making six threes, four more than he converted in his previous nine years. But he needed 22 attempts to do it. Intriguing addition to his game, but still needs more refining. Defense: B- – For a post defender, Collison is a bit undersized, leaving him to be occasionally exploited by some of the league’s best low-block scorers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: By the Numbers on Nick Collison

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    16.7 – Minutes per game in the regular season, a career-low. 10.3 – Minutes per game in the postseason, a career-low. 55.6 – Collison’s field goal percentage this season, just a tick above his career 54.2 percent average. He’s never shot worse than 50 percent in a season. 6 – Three-pointers made this season — four in the regular season and two in the playoffs — as Collison added a corner shot. 2 — Three-pointers made by Collison, combined, in his first nine seasons. +328 – Collison’s cumulative plus/minus this season. 832 – Games played by Collison in his career, including both the regular and postseason, all with the Thunder/Sonics organization.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 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 - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • 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.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:30 PM RT @NewsOK: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy LINK #okcthunder LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:30 AM Via @OKmattcarney: Russell Westbrook posing with Russell Westbrook holding a shirt with Russell Westbrook on it: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:45 AM Kevin Durant tells a funny story about his first meeting with a 10-year-old Steph Curry ("I thought he was white") - LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 06:36:24 PM CST RT @darrenrovell: Details on Under Armour's 10-year, $265M+ offer to Kevin Durant LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 06:27:12 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Report: Under Armour offers Kevin Durant (@kdtrey5) a mega-deal: LINK #okcthunder
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 04:13:09 PM CST Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, potential NBA rule changes and his scoring prowess at 2K event: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:26:07 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/r4sT1j4jAm
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:53:15 PM CST New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:49:39 PM CST The Thunder Buddies podcast returns later today. Should be up within a couple hours.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 11:24:20 AM CST Eleven Thunder players have taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here are all the videos: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:29:24 PM CST Thunder-Clippers rivalry already getting good. Addition of Ballmer and Spencer Hawes (two outspoken/proud Seattle natives) only adds to it.
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:28:02 PM CST New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guaranteed a season-opening win over that 'old Seattle team' today -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 05:11:49 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: #OKCThunder announces preseason schedule. Includes games in Tulsa, Wichita: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:08:44 AM CST The only two Team USA shirts at the Foot Locker in Santa Monica (via @Rcrauder): LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 16 2014 11:14:09 AM CST @gdubz44 So safe
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 14 2014 08:16:01 AM CST Story on the Thunder's recently released schedule: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:21 PM CST @mkimball011 Yep, they do, and OKC prefers Sundays during CFB season for obvious reasons.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:21:34 PM CST Thunder have 18 Sunday games (11 at home) and only four Saturday games (1 at home -- the home opener).
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:46 PM CST Thunder schedule breakdown: -Six ABC games -Nine TNT games -Ten ESPN games -18 back-to-backs
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:12:50 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the…