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.

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  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Postseason: B+ Hard not to give Russell Westbrook an A in this category. But that would require an unblemished run and, if you’ll remember, it started bumpy. Westbrook was bad at the start of the Memphis series, a key reason OKC was on the brink of early elimination. But he changed his style in Game 6, adjusting to the defense, playing smart and dominant with a controlled energy. From there, he took off, finishing the playoffs averaging 26.3 points, 8.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds. Rebounding: A Maybe his most underrated skill. Westbrook changes the game in this area. Just listen to what Doc Rivers said during the Clippers series: “I don’t think I’ve ever come into a series where my biggest fear is point guard

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's postseason raises expectations for the OKC point guard

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    In 19 playoff games, Westbrook exploded for 26.3 points, 8.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds per night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Hasheem Thabeet

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabeet.

  • Report: Derek Fisher to accept Knicks coaching position

    anthony slater | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher will become the next head coach of the New York Knicks, according to various reports. Fisher, 39, just completed his final season in the NBA as a reserve point guard for the Thunder. The 19-year-veteran shares a common link with Phil Jackson, president of the Knicks who coached Fisher on five NBA championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater will be on the Power Lunch chat, talking Thunder offseason and the upcoming NBA Draft. Questions or comments? Join in at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Pre All-Star break: A – After struggling throughout camp and the preseason, there was a lingering worry in OKC that Jeremy Lamb wasn’t ready for an expanded role in Year 2. But immediately, he put that concern to bed, scoring 16 points in his second game and shining throughout the first half of the season. He had big games (22 points vs Houston, four important threes at Miami) and noted growth throughout the opening months, rewarding Sam Presti’s offseason trust. Post All-Star break: D – In his first post All-Star break game, Lamb went 1-of-9 in an abysmal performance against the Heat. It was only a sign of things to come. After scoring double-digits 26 times the first 31/2 months, Lamb only did it four times in the final

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb realizes that defense is key to his NBA future

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    He’s a gifted scorer with a natural feel for the offensive end. But defense? That’s a different story. “At first,” Lamb admitted of his initial NBA days, “I didn’t care about defense at all.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    147 – Minutes played in his rookie season 1,538 – Minutes played in his second season 10.3 – Points per game he averaged on 46 percent shooting from November through January 5.8 — Points per game he averaged on 37 percent shooting from February through April. 46 – His shooting percentage in the Thunder’s 59 wins, nailing 40 percent of his threes. 36 — His shooting percentage in the Thunder’s 23 losses, hitting only 24 percent of his threes. 8 – DNPs in the first two rounds of the playoffs. 0 – DNPs in the San Antonio series, where he seemed to recapture a rotation spot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

  • OKC Thunder: International players Tibor Pleiss and Alex Abrines might have future with Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Both are talented and remain well-regarded in NBA circles. They are expected to have a future in the league. But the question becomes how soon? When will Abrines or Pleiss be ready to make the jump?

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Sam Presti 'not considering' using the amnesty on Kendrick Perkins

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    But before the last season of his contract — the last chance OKC can wipe (but still pay) his $9.1 million salary from the books — Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters at his exit interview on Thursday that’s it’s not likely to happen.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins explains why Thunder was not ready to take championship step

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    As a guy who has survived in this league because of brute strength and an underrated knowledge of the game, Perkins knows Oklahoma City’s main weakness. He says it’s mentality.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson wants to start, Thunder is non-committal

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    For the team, it might be better to keep Jackson coming off the bench. Get him 30 minutes a night, give the second-unit a primary playmaker and then keep him out there with the starters in crunch time. But that’s looking more and more like a harder sell to Jackson.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's next for the Thunder with the offseason looming?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 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 - 05/30 - Kevin Durant's postseason offensive numbers are still solid, but the regular season MVP hasn't had the same all-around impact as we saw a couple months ago. Does OKC need more out of him? Does he have another level to go? Is Scott Brooks secretly a robot. We discuss.

  • OKC Thunder: Full transcript of Steven Adams' hilarious exit interview

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Before his 21st birthday, Steven Adams has already established himself as one of the quirkiest and most naturally entertaining interviews in the NBA. He’s got a dry New Zealand sense of humor and a willingness to yuck it up with the media, telling entertaining anecdotes and using unique mannerisms. Following his first NBA season, in the […]

  • OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher still mulling retirement, coaching

    Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    The way he spoke, the emotion in his voice, the sentimental goodbye feeling of his words, painted him as a 39-year-old at the beginning stages of a realization of what’s to come – a lengthy and historic playing career that’s likely over.

  • OKC Thunder: Frustrated Thabo Sefolosha unsure about future in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    With the benched Sefolosha heading toward free agency this summer, all signs would seem to point to his departure from OKC.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Gregg Popovich with kind words for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    “As far as Russell and Kevin are concerned, they’re class acts,” Popovich said. “I mean, they know how to lose and they know how to win. I say that in a complimentary way. A lot of people lose and can’t handle it, but they were class acts.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Third quarter proves fatal in Thunder's season-ending loss

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    Already down seven, San Antonio would be without All-Star point guard Tony Parker in the second half with an ankle injury. But the Spurs didn’t blink. And the Thunder imploded — crumbling in a third quarter of doom that will define OKC’s season-ending 112-107 Game 6 loss on Saturday night.




Anthony Slater Today at 8:10 AM Video: @DarnellMayberry and I discuss Kevin Durant's free agency comments - LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:12 AM RT @sam_amick: Interesting stuff on Durant reaction in OKC: @BerryTramel column & video from @DarnellMayberry & @anthonyVslater - LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:43 AM Seems pretty good RT @BillShaikin: Clayton Kershaw since June 1: 10-0, 0.94 ERA, 8 BB, 104 K.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 31 2014 03:51:54 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George play one-on-one at USA Basketball camp: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 31 2014 02:00:12 PM CST Talking Thunder hoops right now with @DarnellMayberry and @MikeSherman right now. Join us: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 30 2014 11:42:20 PM CST Kevin Durant with a few kind words for Paul George: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 30 2014 01:35:10 PM CST RT @NewsOK Thunder arena getting new floor; 'Peake upgrades total $2.4 million LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 30 2014 12:53:48 PM CST RT @jadande: A reminder that market size doesn't dictate endorsements RT @darrenrovell: Kevin Durant endorses 10 brands, no NBA player has …
Anthony Slater Tue, Jul. 29 2014 11:02:20 PM CST Giants game LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:03:53 PM CST Downtown SF from the water LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Jul. 29 2014 01:54:37 PM CST @HayloHaylz His interview potential is endless
Anthony Slater Tue, Jul. 29 2014 01:28:41 PM CST Another classic Steven Adams quote -> RT @HayloHaylz: Don't be a dick Steve! LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:00:08 AM CST Kevin Durant and new teammate Sebastian Telfair getting in a late-night workout in Vegas: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:34:17 PM CST RT @NBA: Former teammates catch up at @usabasketball practice... @nyknicks Coach @derekfisher & @russwest44 LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:12:58 PM CST Kevin Durant's Team USA shoes (via @NBA): LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:10:08 PM CST #52? RT @NBA: KD's ready to go for his first @usabasketball practice https://t.co/MQLwq6CKS8
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 28 2014 01:17:30 PM CST Grant Jerrett made 43% of his corner threes last season, including 7/14 from the right corner. His NBADL shot chart: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 28 2014 01:15:55 PM CST Grant Jerrett is a project. But his potential to become a sharpshooting stretch four led OKC to sign him long-term - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:38 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: @dmasonart why did we all scream on him like that lol. That was a sick dunk man! Miss ya bro
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:09:36 PM CST RT @dmasonart: Had to hunt this one down for #TBT! Been a while since a BBall #TBT so let's make it a #OkcThunder… LINK