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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder announces signing of Anthony Morrow

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Some much-needed sharpshooting has officially arrived in Oklahoma City. The Thunder finally announced the expected signing of Anthony Morrow on Wednesday afternoon, a deal that is worth $10 million over three years, with the final season nonguaranteed. Morrow is a career 43 percent 3-point shooter who shot 45 percent from deep last season in New […]

  • OKC Thunder officially announce the signing of Sebastian Telfair

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    A move that’s been known about for weeks was made official on Tuesday. The Thunder has signed veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair to a one-year non-guaranteed veteran minimum deal. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Sebastian to the Thunder organization and Oklahoma City community,” Sam Presti said in a press release. “His […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Once again, Perry Jones loses important offseason time to a health issue

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    As he angles for opportunity and needs to show improvement, Perry Jones will be on the mend for an important developmental period.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC, Grant Jerrett reportedly agree on 'multi-year deal'

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Grant Jerrett agreed to terms with OKC on a “multi-year deal,” according to Real GM. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The Thunder moves have started in free agency. Anthony Morrow in. Caron Butler and Thabo Sefolosha out. Talk about the OKC offseason with Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow has paved a unique NBA path to Oklahoma City

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Anthony Morrow entered the 2008 Orlando Summer League expected to be little more than a roster-filler for the Miami Heat. But a shoulder injury to the already established Daequan Cook cracked the door. And Morrow busted it in.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC reportedly misses out on free agent target Pau Gasol

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    On Friday afternoon, Pau Gasol tweeted that he was ‘very close to making a decision’. Then, a few hours later, two reports surfaced that Gasol had narrowed his choices down to a pair of teams — the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

  • How does the LeBron James to Cleveland news impact the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    In a thoughtful and moving open letter through Sports Illustrated, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland and sent the sports world into a frenzy. Instantly, the Cavaliers become the most compelling team in the NBA — a title contender led by the game’s biggest talent in the midst of a legendary story of redemption. […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Free agency is in full swing. Will the Thunder get Pau Gasol or chase another top free agent? Ask Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who has impressed you in summer league?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder remains interested in Mike Miller

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Miller went on a Memphis radio station on Wednesday afternoon and revealed that the Thunder is one of five teams – Denver, Houston, Memphis and the Clippers are the other four – pursuing his services. And just hours before, he sent out an Instagram photo of him and Kevin Durant hanging out in Los Angeles, offering a peek into the Thunder’s recruitment plan.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Could Pau Gasol be a potential fit with the Thunder?

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Reports from the L.A. Times indicate that Oklahoma City is among four teams Lakers center Pau Gasol, a two-time champion and four-time All-Star, will chat with in the near future.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How should Sam Presti and the Thunder attack free agency?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Thunder free agency targets, Tibor Pleiss and the potential impact of Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis. All topics today for Thunder writer Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OKC Thunder draftee Josh Huestis has solid support system

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Huestis’ adoptive mother has been there every step of the way on journey to the NBA.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reaches out to welcome Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The gesture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Durant has long been lauded for his public appreciation of his teammates and team-building approach.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's latest draft class?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    There are some new recruits coming to Oklahoma City. Who are Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon? Get your Thunder draft questions in to Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Xavier point guard Semaj Christon likely headed to Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Former Xavier point guard Semaj Christon, selected by the Heat 55th overall and shipped to the Charlotte Hornets in the Shabazz Napier deal, has reportedly landed with the Thunder, with the outward compensation unknown.




Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 10:52:44 PM CST Five observations from the Thunder's preseason finale against Utah - LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:35:44 PM CST @DrSwishh --> @EyeAmTruth
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:24:36 PM CST Thunder finish the preseason with four straight double-digit losses by a combined 85 points. Regular season begins next Wednesday.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:23:14 PM CST @JABrown350 @DarnellMayberry Nope. I think he's settled with Roberson in the starting lineup. No Jones.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:12:47 PM CST Perry Jones showing the length on an and-1, then gives Rudy Gobert a stare down https://t.co/jKpn5Y0HZw
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 08:17:25 PM CST @WilNorton Nah, out with a heel contusion
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 08:08:35 PM CST Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison a combined 4-of-6 from three in the first half.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:58:28 PM CST Serge Ibaka showing some nice footwork and a lefty finish https://t.co/ITKm9TauB9
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:48:03 PM CST 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 Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:44:10 PM CST @ThunderMob405 Nope. Heel contusion.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:29:54 PM CST RT @Tjonessltrib: Dante Exum in the game. First possession defensively, Westbrook posts him up for two. First possession offensively, cooki…
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:26:59 PM CST Kevin Durant is at the Thunder's game against Utah tonight. Sitting in a suite.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:23:19 PM CST Nick Collison just entered. Making his preseason debut after returning from an ankle sprain.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:18:42 PM CST 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 Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:15:09 PM CST @Adoutey5 Nope. Out with a 'heel contusion'
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:14:21 PM CST Serge Ibaka wing threes are gonna be a thing this year. Especially with Durant out. Just nailed one a second ago.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:11:36 PM CST The Steven Adams stache is slowly reemerging.
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:07:30 PM CST Nope. But good news: Last time Thunder fans deal with that this year RT @Thunder_Trey @anthonyVslater not on tv again?
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 07:05:44 PM CST Third straight game Scott Brooks has gone with this starting lineup. I'd expect to see it on opening night LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, Oct. 21 2014 05:57:08 PM CST @erickstorey62 Nope