Anthony Slater
Sports 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: Discussing Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, breaking down Enes Kanter’s 2014-15 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The grades are in for Enes Kanter, with the report card reflecting his day-and-night style of play on the opposite sides of a basketball court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The offensive statistics were always great for Enes Kanter. The defensive statistics, which can be harder to dig up, weren’t as friendly. Here’s a quick look at his season by the numbers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Thunder guard Andre Roberson.

  • Serge Ibaka's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Serge Ibaka’s sixth professional season was his most unique. He became a high-volume 3-point shooter and faced some injury issues he’s never experienced. Here’s a quick look by the numbers: 3 – Ibaka’s missed games the previous four seasons. 18 – Ibaka’s missed games this season, the final 18 after an early March knee scope. 53.3 – Ibaka’s career field goal percentage. 47 – Ibaka’s field goal percentage this season, mainly due to an uptick in 3-point attemtps. 205 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka this season. 123 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka his previous five seasons in the NBA. 2.4 – Blocks per game for Ibaka this season, his lowest mark since 2010-11, but still good

  • OKC Thunder: Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    SERGE IBAKA — Depending upon his activity with the Spanish national team this summer, Ibaka may not play a competitive basketball game for nearly seven months. And that may be just what Ibaka needs.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka's 2014-15 report card looks different before, after All-Star break

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Like the Thunder’s roller-coaster season, you can cut Serge Ibaka’s into different segments. He struggled early, peaked at times and then, like everyone else, faced an injury setback. Here are the quick grades: PRE ALL-STAR BREAK: C With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing a good chunk of the early season, Serge Ibaka was thrust into a leading role. And he, like the Thunder, struggled to adjust. His offensive game has always been as a play-starter, not finisher. He doesn’t create shots for himself, but rather cashes in assists from those around him at an extremely efficient rate. Without his two primary playmakers out there to suck away attention and feed him good looks, Ibaka got a bit lost early.

  • OKC Thunder: First images of the signature Kevin Durant 'KD 8' shoes leaked

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    As these playoffs have shown, despite his team being at home and his foot being in a boot, Kevin Durant’s market appeal remains high. The Thunder star is currently being featured in national advertisements by Sonic and Sprint, which commonly air during postseason games. And on Monday morning, the first images of his next signature sneaker […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook hands his brother diploma after graduation at UCO

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    It’s graduation season for many across the country and in the metro. That includes Ray Westbrook, the brother of Russell Westbrook who graduated from UCO on Saturday afternoon. Russell not only attended the ceremony, but, it seems, handed Ray his diploma as he walked across the stage. From Ray’s Instagram account: From Russell’s Instagram account, […]

  • Thunder roundtable: What is the most important aspect of this offseason?

    COMPILED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the Thunder’s upcoming offseason.

  • Report: Florida assistant Anthony Grant to join Billy Donovan's Thunder staff

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    In Friday’s paper, we took a look at some possible candidates to join Billy Donovan’s soon to be compiled coaching staff. You can read that by clicking here. Among those listed was Anthony Grant, a long-time assistant and friend of Donovan’s. Late Thursday night, a report from The Gainesville Sun said Grant would “definitely” follow Donovan to Oklahoma […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Familiar faces could join Billy Donovan's staff

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    In addition to two holdovers from the Scott Brooks era, some of Billy’s Boys are possible.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan has emotional farewell in Gainesville, heading back to OKC

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Following his introductory press conference in Oklahoma City last Friday, Donovan told The Oklahoman he was flying back to Gainesville that night. Donovan wanted to give the people there a proper goodbye and scheduled the farewell presser “out of respect for the people who covered our program for 19 years.”

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you assess the Billy Donovan hire?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • Chat Recap: Anthony Slater answers your Thunder questions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat, taking a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire, the NBA Playoffs, and the MVP voting. Here's the recap:

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan has a track record of success dealing with personalities like Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Billy Donovan will be coaching a New Zealander, a Turkish player and a Congo native who knows five different languages. But above all, everyone is interested in how he’ll handle the delicate task of managing the emotionally charged Russell Westbrook, something his predecessor (Scott Brooks) did remarkably well.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan answers the first of likely many questions about Kevin Durant's looming free agency

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Aboutt 20 minutes into his first press conference as head coach of the Thunder, he was already peppered with the question that’ll soon define and engulf the next 15 months of his career. How do you deal with Kevin Durant’s impending free agency?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan will have farewell press conference in Florida

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Donovan is flying back to Gainesville for a few days to tie up some loose ends and hold a farewell press conference, likely to take place on Monday.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press at an […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:23 PM Kris Bryant 'KB' shirt outside Wrigley looking a lot like a 'KD' logo LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 10:35 AM Good update on Kevin Durant via @DarnellMayberry -> LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 02:18:14 PM CST RT @NBATV: Billy Donovan and @KDTrey5 are cheering the @okcthunder on as they take on the Hornets right now on NBA TV #NBASummer LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 01:08:56 PM CST Blazers a team with cap space and now a potential need that could configure an expensive offer sheet with Enes Kanter, if interested.
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 08:05:51 AM CST Follow @DarnellMayberry all week long. He's in Orlando for summer league.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 03:54:53 PM CST @ttaylor_ross You have flexibility to keep your own players, but can't use it on open market. Similar for Thunder w Kanter.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 03:46:00 PM CST Nope. Clippers don't have the cap flexibility https://t.co/ZZKC4LYCiJ
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 09:55:31 AM CST Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency negotiations: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 10:22:15 PM CST @criznazy53 Eliminates a potential suitor
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 08:55:42 PM CST @OKCNightCourt Minimal now. They are chasing Robin Lopez. But if that fails, it could ramp up.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 08:54:07 PM CST Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency situation: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 05:50:47 PM CST Kevin Durant: Better at shooting jumpers than swinging golf clubs LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 04:02:40 PM CST Cameron Payne, as expected, will not play in Summer league. Thunder taking cautious approach with his healing finger.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 10:25:29 AM CST Desperate Knicks may hike the price, but OKC committed to matching https://t.co/UL0kQ8Iklm
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:10:33 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Why the Kyle Singler deal isn't as bad as you might think - LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:53:04 PM CST @j10payne D-League
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:44:13 PM CST Re-signing of Singler puts OKC roster at 14. Kanter would make 15. One (or more) of PJ3/Novak/Huestis trio won't be on team next year.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:38:35 PM CST Even as he struggled post-trade last February, Thunder brass maintained its affinity for Kyle Singler. $$$howed it today.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:38:06 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Can confirm @WojYahooNBA report that the Thunder has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with restricted free agen…
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:35:37 PM CST More years than expected https://t.co/Pyl3VKzx6N

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