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


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reaches out to welcome Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The gesture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Durant has long been lauded for his public appreciation of his teammates and team-building approach.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's latest draft class?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    There are some new recruits coming to Oklahoma City. Who are Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon? Get your Thunder draft questions in to Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Xavier point guard Semaj Christon likely headed to Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Former Xavier point guard Semaj Christon, selected by the Heat 55th overall and shipped to the Charlotte Hornets in the Shabazz Napier deal, has reportedly landed with the Thunder, with the outward compensation unknown.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sam Presti surprises again with first round selection of Stanford's Josh Huestis

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Toward the end of last year’s first round, the Thunder surprised most of the basketball world, selecting a lesser-known defensive specialist from the Pac-12 about 30 picks before he was projected to go. On Thursday night, Sam Presti went back to that same blueprint.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder select Michigan's Mitch McGary with the 21st overall pick

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    With the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Michgan center/power forward Mitch McGary. We’ll have full coverage on the selection later tonight and into tomorrow, but for now, here’s a comprehensive video breakdown of his game, via Draft Express:

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant unveils new commercial for his new KD 7 shoes

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    On Wednesday morning, Kevin Durant revealed the latest in his line of shoes: The KD 7′s, as shown above. And with the unveiling came a new commercial, labeling Durant as “The Badd35t”, as shown below:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ten prospects OKC could target in Thursday's NBA Draft

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Thunder General Manager Sam Presti holds the 21st and 29th overall picks in Thursday night’s draft and, with them, he will have plenty of options.

  • What the LeBron James news potentially means for the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    GMs, prepare your pitches. LeBron James, arguably the most coveted star in all of sports, is back on the free agent market. Every franchise would love to have him. But the reality is, from a financial and competitive standpoint, only a few would be able to make it work. And the Thunder isn’t one of them. There’s […]

  • NBA chat: Anthony Slater talks LeBron James, Thunder free agency and the trade exception

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat today to talk about LeBron James's impending free agency, the Thunder's chances of getting into the LeBronathon, and OKC's free agency options. Here's the full transcript:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should OKC do in the NBA Draft?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Loaded draft class gives Thunder plenty of options on Thursday night

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    In a dream scenario, the Mavericks would have failed to finish with a top-10 NBA record until 2018, when the pick would have become unprotected, and OKC could have lucked out with a lottery selection. But with a franchise like Dallas and a free-spending, win-now owner like Mark Cuban, that wasn’t likely to happen.

  • 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.




Anthony Slater Today at 12:33 PM Andy Dalton out there looking like AJ Green https://t.co/GHRbv2uqnM
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 19 2014 08:50:38 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Kevin Durant shows up at Westmoore-Norman North football game, shows off throwing arm -> LINK (via @an…
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 19 2014 08:07:15 PM CST Kevin Durant showing off his arm at a local high school football game: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 19 2014 03:47:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:55:47 AM CST @GeraldTracyCRFF Email me at aslater@opubco.com
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:53:38 AM CST @AndrewCCrow @DarnellMayberry my guess would be Lamb, Morrow then Roberson. Would be a good podcast talking point, though.
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 18 2014 02:03:26 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: We're talking Thunder LIVE. Join in with @MikeSherman @anthonyVslater @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 02:20:13 PM CST Michael Cage led the NBA in rebounding in 87-88. Grant Long led the NBA in personal fouls in 88-89. Former replaces latter as OKC color guy.
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 02:07:54 PM CST Here's @DarnellMayberry with some background on Michael Cage, the Thunder's newest television analyst -- LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 01:25:13 PM CST Thunder officially announce Sept. 30th as the start of training camp. Media Day Sept. 29th. NBA is coming.
Anthony Slater Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:24:31 AM CST ICYMI: New Thunder podcast -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 06:54:06 PM CST @JonMHamm @DarnellMayberry Thought so. Thanks.
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 05:22:44 PM CST @__NED__ Yeah just Celtic bloggers and others brainstorming. No substance.
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 03:52:17 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast: Who had the best/worst offseasons in the NBA? -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Sep. 16 2014 03:23:07 PM CST New Thunder podcast coming a little later today.
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 15 2014 01:25:54 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Kevin Durant paid homage to NBA legend Allen Iverson via Instagram: LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Sep. 14 2014 02:24:12 PM CST Jason Avant with the eurostep TD celebration https://t.co/19BbqnoqIY
Anthony Slater Sun, Sep. 14 2014 02:14:43 PM CST Great Mike Wallace one-handed TD (Also: this ref is bulk) https://t.co/iuPj1uLyz6
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 12 2014 09:13:15 PM CST Good read on an interesting subject RT @kylefredrickson: Dive into #OKstate QB Daxx Garman's backstory: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Sep. 12 2014 02:10:27 PM CST Wow, only 34. Foot injuries ended his career too soon RT @SportsCenter: Happy 34th Birthday, Yao Ming! #fbf » LINK