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


  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: San Antonio must solve its Serge Ibaka problem

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Far more than an emotional lift, the once hobbled Ibaka didn’t even flash a limp on Tuesday, leading a transformative defensive effort that has stonewalled the Spurs attack.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 4

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Can the Thunder even the Western Conference Finals at 2-2 with the San Antonio Spurs? Follow our live coverage of Game 4 with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Bashful Serge Ibaka can no longer avoid star spotlight

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    Right as Kevin Durant began his interview, a Thunder PR staffer escorted a limping Serge Ibaka to an adjacent spot 20 feet away, announcing that the power forward was available for interviews. Cue the avalanche.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 26, 2014

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater jumps on the Power Lunch chat to talk Thunder-Spurs and Serge Ibaka's return to the series. Join the conversation at 11 a.m.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 106-97 Game 3 win over San Antonio

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s much-needed 106-97 win over San Antonio on Sunday night: 1. Serge’s banner night – Despite five seasons of steady growth, balanced and improved end-to-end play, spectacular defensive games and consistently productive offensive nights, Serge Ibaka has floated in the background nationally. Even locally, despite being nearly as important, he has never […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson injects some offensive life into starting lineup

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    For the first time in his career, Reggie Jackson started alongside Russell Westbrook. He replaced the previously ineffective Thabo Sefolosha and injected some needed offensive punch into the lineup.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins' quick fouls lead to early playing time for Steven Adams

    By Ryan Aber and Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s already altered lineup took an even different look eight minutes into Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 3

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Serge Ibaka is back in the starting lineup as the Thunder looks to get back into the Western Conference Finals tonight in Oklahoma City. Follow our live coverage from pregame to postgame with the NewsOK Sports team and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's going on with Thabo Sefolosha?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    In a contract year, Sefolosha’s shooting percentages have fallen, and his typically reliable defense hasn’t been the same.

  • Q&A: Serge Ibaka talks about his calf injury, his hope to return for Game 3

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, May 24, 2014

    Following the Thunder's practice on Saturday afternoon -- in which Serge Ibaka didn't participate -- the injured Thunder forward spoke to the media for the first time since going down with a strained calf. Ibaka hasn't started running or jumping, but has done some light court work and remains hopeful that he'll be healthy enough to give it a go on Sunday night. Here's everything Ibaka had to say: Q.  I think everybody wants to know how the calf is feeling. Ibaka: Well, day‑to‑day, feeling better every day. Kind of surprised, but I just thank God everything is going differently the way the doctor told me last time. I'm just happy right now. Q.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:35 PM RT @NewsOK Thunder arena getting new floor; 'Peake upgrades total $2.4 million LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:53 PM 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
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:08:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: The latest update on Thunder TV analyst Grant Long's resignation (via @darnellmayberry): LINK
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:12 PM CST RT @CodyStavenhagen: Arena: "As of right now, they are not wearing it.They actually would have had to have told us that some time ago, and …
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:34:02 PM CST Through the NBA, @CodyStavenhagen confirmed the Thunder won't wear gold tabs on the back of their jerseys to honor Sonics title.
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 20 2014 01:45:38 PM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: A must reader for Thunder/NBA fans. Great stuff by @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 19 2014 10:27:57 PM CST Pick makes more sense RT @DarnellMayberry: Why Josh Huestis might become the first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:41:20 PM CST Random thought: Wonder if OKC would ever use D-league as a rehab assignment (ala MLB). Returning from bad calf? Get 20 mins in for 66ers.