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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




Anthony Slater Today at 3:27 PM Reggie Jackson threw down a crazy alley-oop in practice today. No video, but here's action shot via team Instagram: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:17 PM @AStilez Get your story straight and maybe I'll give you a follow back. The only dude you were schooling in those gyms was J-School lol
Anthony Slater Today at 3:00 PM @heathwblack Yep
Anthony Slater Today at 2:59 PM New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping later today. It was a lively one.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:26 PM The after-practice shooting contests between Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow are gonna be great. They were teeing it up today.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:08 PM Sad day in OKC: Steven Adams has shaved off the mustache.
Anthony Slater Today at 12:45 PM Andre Roberson working on a 3-point shot that must improve https://t.co/ZQURyXFyGO
Anthony Slater Today at 12:35 PM First day of Thunder training camp: Royal Ivey out on the court working with Reggie Jackson.
Anthony Slater Today at 11:29 AM RT @NewsOKSports: Kevin Durant is joining Russell Westbrook in the eyewear game: LINK LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 10:46 AM RT @NewsOKSports: Reggie Jackson reasons for wanting to be a starter stem from childhood: LINK (via @anthonyVslater) http…
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:20:29 PM CST ICYMI: Reggie Jackson with some candid comments about his desire to start (w/video) - LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 10:01:06 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: We went behind the scenes with Kevin Durant to see what media day is like for a reigning NBA MVP - LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:57:46 PM CST @gnilly97 Would be great. Hope to at some point.
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:56:40 PM CST @AyCeeArr Should be up on our site at some point tonight
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:48:41 PM CST Nothing beats Steven Adams' exit interview from last June though ---> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:47:52 PM CST Put Steven Adams in front of a camera and you receive gold. Here's the transcript of his Media Day interview -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:31:14 PM CST Reggie Jackson was candid and firm today: "I want to be a starter." He explains why -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:38:20 PM CST Kendrick Perkins: "I always say, we got the talent, it's about how fast we grow up"
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:07:47 PM CST Adams then told that most of that 68 percent were layups: "Well, that's offense"
Anthony Slater Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:07:31 PM CST Steven Adams asked if he could become an offensive player: "I shot 68 percent"