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


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Explaining the Igor Ibaka situation; when will he be eligible?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Igor Ibaka, the brother of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, carries a surname that adds immediate intrigue around these parts. But starring for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Igor was in the early stages of a college career quickly gaining steam. But now, it seems, there will be more of an interest in Igor statewide. News surfaced on Tuesday night – first reported by Rivals site Juco Junction and later confirmed by The Oklahoman – that Igor intends to play for Oklahoma State in the 2015-16 season. Igor impressed during a December game attended by The Oklahoman’s Anthony Slater, blocking a few shots, throwing down a dunk and flashing a smooth looking jumper, rare in most big men and similar in form to his brother.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook by the numbers

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

    88 – Percent from the free-throw line in the playoffs, making 145 of his 164 free throws. Kevin Durant, widely considered the best in the league in that category, went 132 of 163. 7.3 – Rebounds per game in the postseason for Westbrook, a career-high for a point guard who has led the league in that category three out of the past four seasons. 0 – Players in the past 50 seasons who have averaged at least 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds like Westbrook did in these playoffs. 3 – Triple-doubles for Westbrook in the playoffs, three more than anyone else in the league. 36 – Regular season games missed for Westbrook this season, the first time in his career he’d missed a regular season

  • 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




Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 08:16:49 PM CST All I can think about every time someone tries to describe Tyreek Hill's speed... https://t.co/t1Kv4DbUDg
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 07:47:33 PM CST @davidubben Kendall Hunter on fast forward
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 07:44:38 PM CST Tyreek Hill = Kendall Hunter. The speed, the elusiveness, the size, the #24.
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 04:52:20 PM CST Crazy behind-the-back catch by Nebraska receiver https://t.co/6Zup5mAtE0
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 03:27:46 PM CST {Team USA outscores Finland 29-2 in the second quarter} {Tom Thibodeau scolds them at halftime for blown assignment that led to two points}
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 03:24:43 PM CST Team USA (up 60-18 at halftime) held Finland to 0-of-17 shooting in the second quarter. Shot chart: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 03:06:38 PM CST Serge Ibaka out for Team Spain today with a sore hamstring, per @juanhv.
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 10:56:49 AM CST Lee Corso chugging some of Stone Cold's beer https://t.co/qmHOaNkO35
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 30 2014 12:37:45 AM CST Dude drops interception, hurts his own teammate, then celebrates over him lol https://t.co/on1g94sQwT
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:00:49 PM CST We're talking Thunder hoops, KD endorsements right now, right here: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 27 2014 03:08:07 PM CST RT @darrenrovell No Durant shoe deal is done. Nike still has until next Thursday at midnight to match Under Armour offer.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 27 2014 12:00:13 AM CST @jrexgame Yeah, may have had to do with the alley-oop. Adjusting to throw. Looked quick on the break.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 05:00:16 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: I'm gonna miss you @HasheemTheDream! My brother for life!
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:36:03 PM CST In 2007, Presti used an $8.1 trade exception to acquire Kurt Thomas and a couple first round picks from the Suns. One became Serge Ibaka.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:35:04 PM CST The Thunder has let two trade exceptions expire in the last calendar year, but Sam Presti has used one before (next tweet).
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:33:13 PM CST Updated story on the Thabeet trade, which was more about roster/financial flexibility than the trade exception: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:32:13 PM CST @ASternlicht35 Not much. This was more about roster and financial flexibility.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:05:39 PM CST Trade of Hasheem Thabeet doesn't necessarily mean Thunder is going to add someone. OKC likes roster flexibility. Currently at 14.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:01:19 PM CST Story on the Thunder trading Hasheem Thabeet to Philly for a $1.25 million trade exception and a phantom pick - LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:00:08 PM CST With emergence of Steven Adams and drafting of Mitch McGary, Hasheem Thabeet became expendable.