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.

  • NBA Finals: Catching up with former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins as he prepares for his fourth NBA Finals appearance

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The long-time OKC big man seemed to be at a career crossroads, facing an important question. Should he utilize the final two months of the season to join a team in need of big man help, allowing him a brief on-court showcase before navigating free agency this offseason, or hop on an established contender and likely ride the bench?

  • Added bonus of the Monty Williams hire – his established relationship with Kevin Durant

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The Thunder needed to add a heavy dose of NBA experience to its assistant coaching staff. And, apparently, they’ve done it, reportedly landing former Pelicans lead man Monty Williams to be the lead assistant. Williams is expected to help Billy Donovan navigate through professional waters for the first time. But he comes with another, potentially bigger, bonus […]

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan gives Florida softball team pep talk before WCWS

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Every year in late May, the college softball world descends upon Oklahoma City with the eight best teams battling it out for the Women’s College World Series. Often, Florida, a national softball power and the defending champs, is included among that group. The Gators are here again this year. And with Thunder coach Billy Donovan, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Jeremy Lamb.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams shows growth in his second NBA season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Steven Adams showed promise in unique situations. After guarding post men like Tim Duncan and Al Jefferson well earlier in the season, he was forced to match up with some stretch shooters — like Dirk Nowitzki and Marcus Morris — when playing alongside Enes Kanter.

  • Thunder season review: Steven Adams by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Steven Adams’ sophomore season came with more responsibility. And that led to more production.

  • Thunder season review: Steven Adams report card

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Grading Steven Adams’ 2014-15 season

  • Thunder season review: Steven Adams roundtable discussion

    From staff reports | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Three topics for three writers, dissecting Steven Adams’ 2014-15 season

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading Nick Collison's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NICK COLLISON — His influence in the locker room and defensive end remains substantial. It’s another on offense.

  • Nick Collison still has value for Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    In a mid-March home win over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks, arguably the Thunder's most impressive victory during a roller-coaster season, Nick Collison had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 24 minutes. With Serge Ibaka out, he'd quietly become imperative, playing his best basketball of the season at the most useful time. The Thunder was starting to build a nice cushion for the eighth spot. The Pelicans lost that same night, knocking them 21/2 games back of OKC. But toward the end of that Hawks win, Collison rolled his ankle badly. He left the arena on crutches. He ended up missing nine games. What was turning into a mini hot streak for the Thunder soon transformed into a season-crushing

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Nick Collison's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, dissecting Nick Collison's season:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook named All-NBA second team

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook recently completed the best season of his career, finishing fourth place in MVP voting. But his statistically dominant year wasn’t enough to earn him All-NBA First Team honors. For the fourth time in his career, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Stephen Curry and James Harden — the duo who finished 1-2 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones enters offseason facing unknown future

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Jones still has one year left on his relatively cheap rookie deal. Despite what would expectedly be a small role, Jones wouldn’t be eating up much cap space. But he would be taking up a roster spot. And that’s a bigger deal.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones' season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Following a flood of injuries, Perry Jones burst out for a fantastic five-game stretch to start the season. Then he got hurt. And upon return, he never really got much of an opportunity and didn’t perform when given the occasional look.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Perry Jones' 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Perry Jones had a bit more opportunity in his third NBA season, getting some brief spurts in the starting lineup due to the Thunder’s injury issues. But it didn’t prove to be all that more productive than his first two.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should the Thunder do with the 14th pick?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 20, 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: What kind of player can the Thunder get at the 14th pick?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The Thunder didn’t hit the lottery on Tuesday night. But the consolation prize isn’t a bad one. It’s official: OKC will have the 14th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 25th. In the coming weeks, their options at that slot will be dissected both internally and externally. But NBA history has […]

  • Sam Presti says Kevin Durant's recovery going well, but not yet at a "weight-bearing stage"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The Thunder has a new head coach for the first time in seven years. It has the 14th overall pick in next June’s draft. It has to deal with Enes Kanter’s impending restricted free agency. But Kevin Durant’s recovery from his latest foot surgery remains the most important storyline of this Thunder offseason. With him, OKC is […]




Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:05:20 AM CST RT @hillcienda: Good hoops talk between OKC Mayor @MickCornett and Oklahoman sportswriter @anthonyVslater https://t.co/BXmMUD8k06
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Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 06:18:09 PM CST Russell Westbrook will reportedly get married to his long-time girlfriend this weekend: http://t.co/JubUsReAxT
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:48:39 PM CST A better look https://t.co/Y4OML8Jb5K
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:45:35 PM CST Enes Kanter: 6-foot-11 Sultan Kosen: 8-foot-3 http://t.co/evDssBCTDn
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 24 2015 10:30:48 AM CST ICYMI- How Billy Donovan built Florida hoops into a national power: http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 23 2015 09:52:44 AM CST How Billy Donovan built a wavering program into a stable national power at Florida: http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 22 2015 07:19:09 PM CST Part 4 of the Billy Donovan series: How he built a national power at Florida - http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 03:41:40 PM CST Mildly interesting preseason schedule for the Thunder (particularly Enes Kanter). Things to know: http://t.co/Aj2P0R2iJr
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 01:14:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Complete Thunder preseason schedule released: http://t.co/QbjvnYbKfN http://t.co/9duT5aOoKT
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 12:49:51 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has announced its preseason schedule. http://t.co/GPNVxSRVGW
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 07:41:17 PM CST ICYMI: New Thunder podcast with Billy Donovan - http://t.co/55v4OS9rxb
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 01:16:33 PM CST New Thunder podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street days, building a dynasty at Florida and more -> http://t.co/55v4OS9rxb
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:36:33 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: From @anthonyvslater: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching http://t.co/BlKiA6fuLJ
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:25:02 PM CST Part 3 in our series on Billy Donovan -- Wall Street and his early coaching days: http://t.co/vkQtoxFLnX
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:51 AM CST @devotedhoops No problem, thanks for reading.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:31 AM CST How a small stint on Wall Street helped lead Billy Donovan into coaching: http://t.co/vkQtoxFLnX
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 08:24:05 AM CST Part 3 in our series on new Thunder coach Billy Donovan: http://t.co/vkQtoxFLnX
Anthony Slater Fri, Aug. 14 2015 06:30:16 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: A preview of Part 3 of @TheOklahoman's series on Thunder coach Billy Donovan: http://t.co/McZH5NVfCz http://t.co/J61d88…
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 13 2015 04:08:31 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: NEW Thunder Podcast: @anthonyVslater @DarnellMayberry on NBA schedules, Reggie's return to OKC http://t.co/1sQKmt9Un1 ht

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