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: 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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 6

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Can the Thunder avoid elimination tonight against the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Jenni Carlson, Anthony Slater and more from pregame to postgame.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Kawhi Leonard tasked with Russell Westbrook assignment

    By Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    The maneuver worked to some degree, in this way. Westbrook got up just 12 shots in 30:48 of playing time, though he still played well — 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting, seven assists, three steals, four rebounds.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC needs better defense from Reggie Jackson in Game 6

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    After defending Danny Green well back in Oklahoma City — earning high praise from both Scott Brooks and Kendrick Perkins — Jackson played a lead role in some team-wide breakdowns that allowed Green to get free for four threes. But his defense against Manu Ginobili was a bigger issue.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Does the Thunder need more out of Kevin Durant?

    Updated: Fri, May 30, 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 - 05/28 - Since the last time we talked to you, the Thunder has turned its series with the Spurs and its postseason hopes completely around. Serge Ibaka valiantly returned in Game 3 and Russell Westbrook destroyed the world in Game 4. Was it his best performance ever? Did the Thunder handle Ibaka's injury poorly?

  • OKC Thunder: Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili burns the Thunder in Game 5 win

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    On Thursday, Ginobili was the star. Needing only 21 minutes, he compiled 19 points, six assists and four rebounds. He hit seven of his nine shots. He hit three of his four threes. San Antonio outscored OKC by 15 points when he was on the court.

  • OKC Thunder: Lopsided swings provide strange backdrop to Thunder-Spurs series

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    The average margin of victory has been 20.4 points, with mop-up duty reigning in the fourth quarter of each game. The Thunder’s nine-point win in Game 3, which was 20 at one point but shrunk in a meaningless fourth, was the smallest. The others: 13, 17, 28 and 35.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 5

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Can the Thunder take the Western Conference Finals lead for the first time against the San Antonio Spurs? Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson expected to play in Game 5

    By Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    With Serge Ibaka back from his strained calf, it was only a matter of time before another injury popped up in this trying Thunder season, which has felt like whack-a-mole from a health perspective. Recently appointed starting shooting guard Reggie Jackson went down with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter Tuesday night, asking out of the game and hobbling to the locker room. He returned at the beginning of the second quarter and started the second half, jogging with a limp that seemed to limit him. But in the postgame locker room, he said he’d be good to go moving forward. And at practice Wednesday, coach Scott Brooks backed up that sentiment. “I spoke with him,” Brooks said. “He's feeling pretty good.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams lead a back line of rim protection that's key to OKC's success

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    In the first half of the first quarter of his first game back from a calf injury, Serge Ibaka rose up and tossed away a Tim Duncan short hook. But the ball went right back to the Spurs, who swung it around the perimeter and found Danny Green with an open lane to the hoop. Green drove into the teeth of OKC’s defense, spotted Ibaka closing and errantly flung a moonshot finger roll that clanged off the backboard and the side rim. Statement made. Ibaka was officially back, doing what he’s paid to do: Block shots, alter others, patrol the paint and shield the rim. And with its defensive anchor back in the fold, the Thunder was able to unleash its scariest and most overlooked team-wide skill — interior basket

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Was Game 4 Russell Westbrook's best performance ever?

    Updated: Wed, May 28, 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 - 05/22 - Game 1 was bad. Game 2 was worse.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:30 PM RT @NewsOK: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy LINK #okcthunder LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:30 AM Via @OKmattcarney: Russell Westbrook posing with Russell Westbrook holding a shirt with Russell Westbrook on it: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:45 AM Kevin Durant tells a funny story about his first meeting with a 10-year-old Steph Curry ("I thought he was white") - LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 06:36:24 PM CST RT @darrenrovell: Details on Under Armour's 10-year, $265M+ offer to Kevin Durant LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 06:27:12 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Report: Under Armour offers Kevin Durant (@kdtrey5) a mega-deal: LINK #okcthunder
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 20 2014 04:13:09 PM CST Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, potential NBA rule changes and his scoring prowess at 2K event: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:26:07 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/r4sT1j4jAm
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:53:15 PM CST New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:49:39 PM CST The Thunder Buddies podcast returns later today. Should be up within a couple hours.
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 19 2014 11:24:20 AM CST Eleven Thunder players have taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here are all the videos: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:29:24 PM CST Thunder-Clippers rivalry already getting good. Addition of Ballmer and Spencer Hawes (two outspoken/proud Seattle natives) only adds to it.
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:28:02 PM CST New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guaranteed a season-opening win over that 'old Seattle team' today -> LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 05:11:49 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: #OKCThunder announces preseason schedule. Includes games in Tulsa, Wichita: LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:08:44 AM CST The only two Team USA shirts at the Foot Locker in Santa Monica (via @Rcrauder): LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 16 2014 11:14:09 AM CST @gdubz44 So safe
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 14 2014 08:16:01 AM CST Story on the Thunder's recently released schedule: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:21 PM CST @mkimball011 Yep, they do, and OKC prefers Sundays during CFB season for obvious reasons.
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:21:34 PM CST Thunder have 18 Sunday games (11 at home) and only four Saturday games (1 at home -- the home opener).
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:46 PM CST Thunder schedule breakdown: -Six ABC games -Nine TNT games -Ten ESPN games -18 back-to-backs
Anthony Slater Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:12:50 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the…