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.

  • Full Oklahoma City Thunder 2014-15 schedule is revealed

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Here is the schedule for the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2014-15 season. The team opens on Oct. 29 at Portland. 2014-15 Thunder Schedule: http://www.nba.com/thunder/schedule Here are some extra nuggets about the Thunder schedule. The Thunder will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season. OKC, for the 3rd time in 4 years on NYE, will play Phoenix. — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) August 13, 2014   Thunder vs Rockets (Westbrook vs Beverley): -Nov. 16 in OKC -Jan. 15 in HOU -Apr. 5 in OKC — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 13, 2014   Thunder have the second most nationally televised games behind the Clippers (via

  • Thunder chat: Anthony Slater talks potential deadline deals, NBA schedule and Durant distractions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Join Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. for some Thunder talk on the Power Lunch chat. We're chatting about Kevin Durant's minutes, Team USA, Kevin Love and the Thunder offseason. Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams helping to drum up interest in New Zealand basketball

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Adams has spent a large portion of his offseason back home, taking part in camps and trying to stir up basketball interest in New Zealand.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sebastian Telfair hopes time in China helps rejuvenate once-promising NBA career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s high school career was so celebrated that he was featured in a documentary titled, “Through the Fire.” Now, as a 29-year-old, Telfair has been through the professional fire, and he says he’s better for the experience.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on newsok.com/live. From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet Greek big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a short-tempered Baby Shaq

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In the past, the draft-and-stash method has been good to the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka coming over from Spain in 2009 and transforming into one of the franchise’s long-term cornerstones. And it’s something that’ll likely benefit OKC in the future, with both Tibor Pleiss and Alex Abrines expected to one day make an NBA jump. But that doesn’t […]

  • 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.




Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 06:52:31 PM CST RT @MrAnthonyMorrow: Thank you guys for all of the 'Get Well' tweets! I truly appreciate it. I'll be back even stronger' #PrayersUP #Thunde…
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 05:42:49 PM CST Russell Westbrook is judging a "Why Not?" public fashion show in North OKC tomorrow. Open to all. Details -> LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 05:12:20 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Important to note: with training camp invitee Lance Thomas making the cut, the Thunder's roster is at the 15-man max. …
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 05:06:53 PM CST @DarnellMayberry He puttin down 60-plus this year!!!
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:47:05 PM CST @OKCSpain Nah, just cause they prefer him as the Sixth Man
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:32:29 PM CST @samikard He's out with a sprained MCL
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:28:47 PM CST Starting lineup I'd expect on opening night: Westbrook, Roberson, PJ3, Ibaka, Adams. Bench: Jackson, Lamb, Collison, Perkins.
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:24:33 PM CST Injuries keep coming RT @DarnellMayberry: Anthony Morrow sustained a sprained MCL at Thursday's practice and will miss start of the season.
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 04:23:14 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has waived Michael Jenkins, Talib Zanna and Richard Solomon. Lance Thomas is now the lone training camp in…
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:02:17 PM CST @phatduckk Weird. Working on my end. Hopefully the issue is fixed.
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 01:29:37 PM CST RT @KDTrey5: Filmed all summer w/@HBO to make this! “The Offseason” trailer: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:08:44 AM CST Marcus Smart capped a nice preseason last night with 16 pts, 4 asts and 2 stls vs Brooklyn. The highlights: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Oct. 24 2014 09:36:34 AM CST ICYMI: Our Thunder season preview podcast -> LINK /// iTunes: https://t.co/r3HYv9sMGw
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 10:45:31 PM CST @DanForPrez @DarnellMayberry @BerryTramel I'm as confused as you are
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 08:42:25 PM CST Thunder roundtable: Who must step up most in Kevin Durant's absence? LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:47:41 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast (season preview) -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/r3HYv9sMGw
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:20:10 PM CST Here's a quick post on Nick Collison's trip to the World Series, including a photo of him at the game - LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:19:37 PM CST Nick Collison went to the World Series yesterday with his dad: "I've been a die-hard Royals fan...for three or four weeks"
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 04:09:18 PM CST @EmilleHoods Should be fixed
Anthony Slater Thu, Oct. 23 2014 04:03:43 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast. Our season preview: LINK