Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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.

  • Steven Adams fires back at Andre Igoudala after derogotory tweet about New Zealand haka dance

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    It's been far too long since we've seen a good Steven Adams tussle. The NBA offseason, sadly, comes with no flying elbows, no overzealous box-outs and no angry retaliations at the uber-aggressive young center. But fear not, Adams is here to provide a bit of an appetizer while we desperately wait another month for preseason hoops. On Tuesday afternoon, the New Zealand national team performed its traditional haka dance before its FIBA game against the United States. Video of it made the national rounds (watch here), with a confused James Harden looking on. After USA's 98-71 romp, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala shot out a playful tweet, jabbing at the dance. It read: "New Zealand

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Under Armour made a strong push, offering up a deal reportedly in the $265 million to $285 million range, plus incentives, over 10 years. But on Sunday morning, ESPN reported that Nike decided to match it. Durant is now under control through the start of the 2024 season.

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder's D-League program acting as a career springboard for players, coaches and support staff

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    More than any other NBA franchise, the Thunder has steadily utilized its D-League program the past six years. And it’s produced a ton of success stories.

  • OKC Thunder hires Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to be D-League head coach

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to lead its D-League team.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tells story of his first meeting with Steph Curry

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Durant was among a star-studded NBA panel, answering questions alongside Steph Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis at NBA 2K’s Uncensored event. Durant talked about a variety of topics, including his decision to withdraw from Team USA, the idea of coaching challenges being implemented in the NBA and where his scoring prowess […]

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 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 - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups.

  • VIDEO: All the Thunder players who have accepted ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you would have explained the concept of the Ice Bucket Challenge, then had me predict the first two Thunder players to take part in the now-viral Internet trend, the guess would have been simple. Steven Adams and Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's two massive and fun-loving big men who seem to enjoy the quirky moments of life. But a couple weeks since this well-intentioned fad has hit the web and invaded Instagram pages across the sporting world, neither Thabeet or Adams have released a video. And they are in the minority among Thunder players. Eleven different guys on the OKC roster have had cold water dumped on their head for the ALS charity.

  • OKC Thunder: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guarantees season-opening win over 'old Seattle team'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Steve Ballmer ushered in his ownership era with the Clippers in style on Monday afternoon, staging an offseason pep rally in Staples Center for his new fanbase. During it, Ballmer was introduced to the crowd with an Eminem song, before delivering a wild and eccentric speech in which the energetic billionaire made his fare share of bold […]

  • Full Oklahoma City Thunder 2014-15 schedule is revealed

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Here is the schedule for the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2014-15 season. The team opens on Oct. 29 at Portland. 2014-15 Thunder Schedule: Here are some extra nuggets about the Thunder schedule. The Thunder will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season. OKC, for the 3rd time in 4 years on NYE, will play Phoenix. — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) August 13, 2014   Thunder vs Rockets (Westbrook vs Beverley): -Nov. 16 in OKC -Jan. 15 in HOU -Apr. 5 in OKC — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 13, 2014   Thunder have the second most nationally televised games behind the Clippers (via

  • Thunder chat: Anthony Slater talks potential deadline deals, NBA schedule and Durant distractions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Join Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. for some Thunder talk on the Power Lunch chat. We're chatting about Kevin Durant's minutes, Team USA, Kevin Love and the Thunder offseason. Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams helping to drum up interest in New Zealand basketball

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Adams has spent a large portion of his offseason back home, taking part in camps and trying to stir up basketball interest in New Zealand.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sebastian Telfair hopes time in China helps rejuvenate once-promising NBA career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s high school career was so celebrated that he was featured in a documentary titled, “Through the Fire.” Now, as a 29-year-old, Telfair has been through the professional fire, and he says he’s better for the experience.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet Greek big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a short-tempered Baby Shaq

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In the past, the draft-and-stash method has been good to the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka coming over from Spain in 2009 and transforming into one of the franchise’s long-term cornerstones. And it’s something that’ll likely benefit OKC in the future, with both Tibor Pleiss and Alex Abrines expected to one day make an NBA jump. But that doesn’t […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's offseason moves?

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

Anthony Slater Today at 9:35 PM @DrSwishh --> @EyeAmTruth
Anthony Slater Today at 9:24 PM Thunder finish the preseason with four straight double-digit losses by a combined 85 points. Regular season begins next Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:23 PM @JABrown350 @DarnellMayberry Nope. I think he's settled with Roberson in the starting lineup. No Jones.
Anthony Slater Today at 9:12 PM Perry Jones showing the length on an and-1, then gives Rudy Gobert a stare down
Anthony Slater Today at 8:17 PM @WilNorton Nah, out with a heel contusion
Anthony Slater Today at 8:08 PM Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison a combined 4-of-6 from three in the first half.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:58 PM Serge Ibaka showing some nice footwork and a lefty finish
Anthony Slater Today at 7:48 PM Nick Collison's first 10 minutes of the presesason: corner three, wing three, smooth drive and finger roll. 3/3, 8 pts. Also: What?
Anthony Slater Today at 7:44 PM @ThunderMob405 Nope. Heel contusion.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:29 PM RT @Tjonessltrib: Dante Exum in the game. First possession defensively, Westbrook posts him up for two. First possession offensively, cooki…
Anthony Slater Today at 7:26 PM Kevin Durant is at the Thunder's game against Utah tonight. Sitting in a suite.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:23 PM Nick Collison just entered. Making his preseason debut after returning from an ankle sprain.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:18 PM Enes Kanter just drilled a corner three, then did one of the stranger celebrations I've seen. Looked like he was unpeeling his face.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:15 PM @Adoutey5 Nope. Out with a 'heel contusion'
Anthony Slater Today at 7:14 PM Serge Ibaka wing threes are gonna be a thing this year. Especially with Durant out. Just nailed one a second ago.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:11 PM The Steven Adams stache is slowly reemerging.
Anthony Slater Today at 7:07 PM Nope. But good news: Last time Thunder fans deal with that this year RT @Thunder_Trey @anthonyVslater not on tv again?
Anthony Slater Today at 7:05 PM Third straight game Scott Brooks has gone with this starting lineup. I'd expect to see it on opening night LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 5:57 PM @erickstorey62 Nope
Anthony Slater Today at 5:21 PM Scott Brooks said Reggie Jackson (wrist) "didn't feel comfortable" after their workout yesterday. Still expects him to be ready for opener.