Anthony Slater
Sports 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.

  • Russell Westbrook talks Billy Donovan and his community award with NBA TV

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    During his appearance at the Draft Lottery in New York City, Russell Westbrook joined NBA TV’s GameTime show. It was the first time he’s spoken publicly since the firing of Scott Brooks and the hiring of Billy Donovan. Westbrook, donning a colorful shirt that looked like a bowl of fruity pebbles — still relatively tame by […]

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Statistics that defined the Thunder’s back-up point guard’s time in OKC

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: D.J. Augustin hopes to settle into his role as the Thunder's backup point guard

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    In his 28 games with the Thunder, Augustin provided a steady hand in an unsteady time, playing all 28 games after the trade, averaging 24.2 minutes, 7.3 points and a solid 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, while also maintaining extreme professionalism. And he’s embraced his role.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Discussing D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    From The Oklahoma Sports staff | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Oklahoman Sports staff discusses Augustin’s attributes and what the Thunder should do about a backup point guard in the future.

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    D.J. Augustin graded high on shooting and fitting in. But the only thing lower than his defensive grade is the Thunder’s defensive rating when he was on the court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's absence on defense an underrated part of decline

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Durant is not Serge Ibaka, one of the league’s elite rim protectors. But the Thunder’s defense sputtered before Ibaka missed the final 18 games with a knee scope.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Kevin Durant's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 season:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Kevin Durant's season

    anthony slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Kevin Durant didn’t repeat as the NBA’s MVP. But his season had a large impact on the Thunder’s. In a year defined by injuries in Oklahoma City, Durant’s constant health problems were the most crippling. Here’s a report card look at his 2014-15 campaign:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    When he was on the court, Kevin Durant remained one of the league’s most potent scorers. But, again, that was only when he was on the court. Here’s a look at his season by the numbers:

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to talk some Thunder offseason, the NBA playoffs, the NBA Draft Combine and more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Offensively gifted Enes Kanter has a lot of defensive work ahead of him

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Kanter has already established himself as one of the league’s most polished offensive big men. He has creative post moves, crafty footwork, can step out and hit jumpers consistently and has a natural ability to catch, maneuver and finish as the dive man on pick-and-rolls. But then his defense is discussed. And a wrench is thrown in the conversation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, breaking down Enes Kanter’s 2014-15 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The grades are in for Enes Kanter, with the report card reflecting his day-and-night style of play on the opposite sides of a basketball court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The offensive statistics were always great for Enes Kanter. The defensive statistics, which can be harder to dig up, weren’t as friendly. Here’s a quick look at his season by the numbers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Thunder guard Andre Roberson.

  • Serge Ibaka's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Serge Ibaka’s sixth professional season was his most unique. He became a high-volume 3-point shooter and faced some injury issues he’s never experienced. Here’s a quick look by the numbers: 3 – Ibaka’s missed games the previous four seasons. 18 – Ibaka’s missed games this season, the final 18 after an early March knee scope. 53.3 – Ibaka’s career field goal percentage. 47 – Ibaka’s field goal percentage this season, mainly due to an uptick in 3-point attemtps. 205 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka this season. 123 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka his previous five seasons in the NBA. 2.4 – Blocks per game for Ibaka this season, his lowest mark since 2010-11, but still good

  • OKC Thunder: Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    SERGE IBAKA — Depending upon his activity with the Spanish national team this summer, Ibaka may not play a competitive basketball game for nearly seven months. And that may be just what Ibaka needs.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka's 2014-15 report card looks different before, after All-Star break

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Like the Thunder’s roller-coaster season, you can cut Serge Ibaka’s into different segments. He struggled early, peaked at times and then, like everyone else, faced an injury setback. Here are the quick grades: PRE ALL-STAR BREAK: C With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing a good chunk of the early season, Serge Ibaka was thrust into a leading role. And he, like the Thunder, struggled to adjust. His offensive game has always been as a play-starter, not finisher. He doesn’t create shots for himself, but rather cashes in assists from those around him at an extremely efficient rate. Without his two primary playmakers out there to suck away attention and feed him good looks, Ibaka got a bit lost early.

  • OKC Thunder: First images of the signature Kevin Durant 'KD 8' shoes leaked

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    As these playoffs have shown, despite his team being at home and his foot being in a boot, Kevin Durant’s market appeal remains high. The Thunder star is currently being featured in national advertisements by Sonic and Sprint, which commonly air during postseason games. And on Monday morning, the first images of his next signature sneaker […]




Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 11:03:04 PM CST Someone alert Russell Westbrook. Rocky is back at it https://t.co/n8kffaqOVb (via @WillBrinson)
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 08:50:27 PM CST Is Pistol Pete drunk? https://t.co/SJwe8cUd3S
Anthony Slater Thu, Sep. 03 2015 04:59:17 PM CST Our college football beat writers OSU: @kylefredrickson @jjhelsley OU: @jasonkersey @ryaber
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:05:20 AM CST RT @hillcienda: Good hoops talk between OKC Mayor @MickCornett and Oklahoman sportswriter @anthonyVslater https://t.co/BXmMUD8k06
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 30 2015 05:23:03 PM CST RT @russwest44: My Mrs. ❤️ 8.29.15 http://t.co/oTFRCww2ty
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 06:18:09 PM CST Russell Westbrook will reportedly get married to his long-time girlfriend this weekend: http://t.co/JubUsReAxT
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:48:39 PM CST A better look https://t.co/Y4OML8Jb5K
Anthony Slater Thu, Aug. 27 2015 01:45:35 PM CST Enes Kanter: 6-foot-11 Sultan Kosen: 8-foot-3 http://t.co/evDssBCTDn
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 24 2015 10:30:48 AM CST ICYMI- How Billy Donovan built Florida hoops into a national power: http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 23 2015 09:52:44 AM CST How Billy Donovan built a wavering program into a stable national power at Florida: http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Sat, Aug. 22 2015 07:19:09 PM CST Part 4 of the Billy Donovan series: How he built a national power at Florida - http://t.co/LJOXzpIWGU
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 03:41:40 PM CST Mildly interesting preseason schedule for the Thunder (particularly Enes Kanter). Things to know: http://t.co/Aj2P0R2iJr
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 01:14:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Complete Thunder preseason schedule released: http://t.co/QbjvnYbKfN http://t.co/9duT5aOoKT
Anthony Slater Tue, Aug. 18 2015 12:49:51 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has announced its preseason schedule. http://t.co/GPNVxSRVGW
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 07:41:17 PM CST ICYMI: New Thunder podcast with Billy Donovan - http://t.co/55v4OS9rxb
Anthony Slater Mon, Aug. 17 2015 01:16:33 PM CST New Thunder podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street days, building a dynasty at Florida and more -> http://t.co/55v4OS9rxb
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:36:33 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: From @anthonyvslater: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching http://t.co/BlKiA6fuLJ
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 10:25:02 PM CST Part 3 in our series on Billy Donovan -- Wall Street and his early coaching days: http://t.co/vkQtoxFLnX
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:51 AM CST @devotedhoops No problem, thanks for reading.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 16 2015 11:48:31 AM CST How a small stint on Wall Street helped lead Billy Donovan into coaching: http://t.co/vkQtoxFLnX

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