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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  • 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

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb realizes that defense is key to his NBA future

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    He’s a gifted scorer with a natural feel for the offensive end. But defense? That’s a different story. “At first,” Lamb admitted of his initial NBA days, “I didn’t care about defense at all.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    147 – Minutes played in his rookie season 1,538 – Minutes played in his second season 10.3 – Points per game he averaged on 46 percent shooting from November through January 5.8 — Points per game he averaged on 37 percent shooting from February through April. 46 – His shooting percentage in the Thunder’s 59 wins, nailing 40 percent of his threes. 36 — His shooting percentage in the Thunder’s 23 losses, hitting only 24 percent of his threes. 8 – DNPs in the first two rounds of the playoffs. 0 – DNPs in the San Antonio series, where he seemed to recapture a rotation spot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

  • 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?




Anthony Slater Today at 3:46 PM @NBA_Ant Interesting thought. I'd expect them to keep that 15th roster spot free for a potential in-season signing, if needed.
Anthony Slater Today at 3:45 PM @sborja72 I'm watching it on LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:40 PM Smooth Pau Gasol drive and kick for an open Serge Ibaka 15-footer. Spanish fans love it. Thunder fans can only dream.
Anthony Slater Today at 11:09 AM Of his 18 points, Serge Ibaka had five dunks and a three against Egypt yesterday. Video of it all -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 8:45 AM ICYMI: For Nike, Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made him worth the sky-high price tag - LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 10:15:47 PM CST RT @KingJames: Happy to have the homie @KDTrey5 stayin with the @Nike @nikebasketball family! Congrats my brother! Like Dj Khalid would say…
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 08:34:16 PM CST And a big thanks to @darrenrovell for providing his insight on that KD-Nike story (LINK)
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 08:32:47 PM CST Kevin Durant's extreme marketability and rising popularity made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 07:13:24 PM CST Officially official from the man himself RT @KDTrey5: Excited and humbled to sign back with the swoosh!
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 07:11:31 PM CST Back from a minor hamstring injury, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and eight rebounds in Spain's blowout of Egypt today.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 05:18:16 PM CST @moreno92297 @darrenrovell The same chance. I don't think his shoe deal, two years before FA, will (or would have) dictated his decision.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 05:12:59 PM CST RT @darrenrovell Kevin Durant has now officially signed with Nike. Deal runs through start of 2024 season.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 04:09:54 PM CST @gr8ball83 Missed yesterday's game with a sore hammy
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 04:07:40 PM CST Hamstring healthy RT @johnschuhmann Ibaka has three sky-walking dunks in the third quarter here in Granada. Spain up 30 on Egypt.
Anthony Slater Sun, Aug. 31 2014 10:09:56 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company to match Under Armour offer: LINK LINK
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}