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


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Steven Adams' rookie season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    After his reinsertion into the rotation late in the Memphis series, Adams was spectacular in spurts and key in some of OKC’s biggest wins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Perry Jones III fit in next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    25-11 – The Thunder’s record with Jackson as a starter this season. 1,047 – Points scored by Jackson in his third year, 533 more than his first two years combined. 32 – Game 4 points from Jackson in Memphis, more than any non-Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook Thunder player (OKC era) has ever scored in a postseason game. 37 – 3-pointers made by Jackson in his first two seasons combined, converting only 22 percent. 83 – 3-pointers made by Jackson in his third season, converting 34 percent. 85 – Steals in the regular season, averaging 1.1 per game. 5 – Steals in the playoffs, averaging 0.3 per game. 89.

  • OKC Thunder: Now established, Reggie Jackson eyes defensive improvements heading into next year

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Thunder guard was forced into a variety of roles this season, but knows the part of his game that must improve.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackon's season report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Grading Reggie Jackson’s third season: Starting stint: B Dating back to the 2013 Rockets series, Jackson did an admirable job filling in for one of the most irreplaceable talents in the NBA. Without Russell Westbrook, the Thunder played understandably worse. But not that much worse, going 25-11 without their All-Star point guard this season. And some of that was due to Jackson, who didn’t overcompensate or press when thrust into a tough situation. He ran the show, remained steadily productive, took over in brief stretches and allowed Kevin Durant to do his thing. OKC doesn’t get near 59 wins without him being able to switch roles.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking stock of Reggie Jackson's season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson: 1. Reggie Jackson's third season in the NBA was ... Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) — Eventful. He went from starting point guard to sixth man to starting point guard to sixth man to starting shooting guard. He had ups and downs along the journey, but in staying humble in his successes and focused in his struggles, he revealed a lot about who he is and where he is going in this league. Can’t wait to see what he does next year, when he should finally find comfort in his fourth season. Anthony Slater (beat writer) — A roller coaster. A few weeks in, Jackson was already being pumped as the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

  • Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown among those who have worked out for Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    With a pair of late first round picks in the June 26th draft, the Thunder is doing its due diligence of late, working out several potential prospects. And among those to perform in front of the OKC brass was former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, a source told The Oklahoman. The high-flying four-year guard, who transformed into […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Was Caron Butler the right choice for OKC, and will he be back?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    THUNDER ROUNDTABLE — The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Caron Butler.




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
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 11 2014 02:37:24 PM CST @ErikHorneOK @JonMHamm It's one of the many songs I plan to perform on next season's The Voice