Anthony Slater
Sports Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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-Spurs, by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    A look at the Thunder-Spurs game by the numbers: 21 — Made free throws from the Thunder on 22 attempts, including four clutch ones down the stretch from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. 16 — Rebounds for Enes Kanter, eight more than anyone else in the game. 0 — Made 3s from Danny Green, typically a Thunder killer, on five attempts. 1 — Career NBA win for Billy Donovan in as many tries, which earned him a "great job" from veteran Gregg Popovich postgame. 19 — Turnovers from the Thunder, a problem in the preseason which leaked into the regular season. 32 — Points from Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, a career-high. 33 — Points from Russell Westbrook, a game-high.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The Thunder is kicking off the 2015-16 NBA season tonight against San Antonio. Follow up-to-the-minute updates from The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Has Billy Donovan redefined a good last-second shot?

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer   | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The scene plays out across the league numerous times per season. An NBA game, in all its free-flowing creativity, unfolds at a frantic pace for more than 47 minutes, navigating toward the finish line with fastbreak dunks and transition 3s. Then in the final moments, it often slows to a near halt. There's either a batch of timeouts and a parade of free throws or, if the game is tied, a last-second shot that's preceded by a strategic milking of the clock. With the infusion of advanced stats, the NBA has become a league obsessed with efficiency. Organizations build their team around it; players gain or lose monetary value because of it.

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 NBA season tonight at home against San Antonio. Talk about the start of the season with Thunder writer Anthony Slater at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: The highly anticipated return of Kevin Durant excites everyone but KD himself

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Kevin Durant is trying to put the nightmare that was last season behind him, a quick and forgettable detour on his road to the Hall of Fame.

  • OKC Thunder: Revamped Spurs set for first LaMarcus Aldridge test in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Double-double monster LaMarcus Aldridge left Portland and spurned both Los Angeles and New York to sign a max deal with San Antonio in July. His first official game for the Spurs comes Wednesday night in OKC – an opener with loads of intrigue from both sides of this respectful rivalry.

  • Thunder journal: Mitch McGary expected to play against Spurs

    By Anthony Slater and Erik HorneStaff Writers | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    McGary missed the Thunder's final two preseason games last week, but is all-go for the season opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Steven Adams comment on their creative Halloween costumes

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Steven Adams showed up to the Thunder's Halloween party this past weekend pumped up, figuring his version of the Joker from Batman -- face paint, nurse outfit and all -- would win the contest for best costume. "I was fully committed," Adams said. But upon arrival, Adams ran into a Russell Westbrook version of himself and soon realized second place was the best possible result. The Thunder's point guard dressed as the Thunder's center and stole the show. "Well played," Adams admitted. "Top form. Good from him." Westbrook's attention to detail was particularly impressive.

  • OKC Thunder: What Kevin Durant has said about his upcoming free agency

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Ever since LeBron James opted for a return to Cleveland back in the summer of 2014, all free agency eyes have shifted to Kevin Durant. Even though it was still two years away, Durant was the next big fish on the board. Will he stay in Oklahoma City? Will he bolt to a big market? Or will he, similar to LeBron, choose to go home and play in Washington? For the past 15 months, there's been plenty of speculation, rumors and reaction. With the most crucial nine months still ahead until the decision, there's still a ton of factors yet to play out. But Durant hasn't shied away from addressing the subject and shooting down rumors.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook featured in another Mountain Dew commercial

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Another NBA season means another batch of NBA-related commercials featuring the Thunder's two international stars. Russell Westbrook's latest comes from Moutain Dew, debuting Tuesday. It features a lot of Westbrook gliding around in his 'Powerstance.

  • Russell Westbrook dresses as Steven Adams at the Thunder's annual Halloween party

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Nick Collison's birthday is on Monday. In celebration, he held a Halloween party that's become a tradition the past couple of years. Most of the costumes were pretty creative, with Nick Collison as Forrest Gump, Mitch McGary as a member of Average Joe's from the movie Dodgeball and Steve Novak in an ape costume. But the winner of best costume, clearly, goes to Russell Westbrook, who went as Thunder center Steven Adams, tattoos, long hair and all. Here he is standing next to Adams, who was dressed as the Joker from Batman: Halloween brothers! — Steven Adams (@RealStevenAdams) October 25, 2015 Here is a collection of some of the

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan remembers his former coach Flip Saunders

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    The Thunder’s preseason schedule lined up a fitting coincidence, pitting Billy Donovan, in his NBA debut, against Flip Saunders, his friend and former coach. But by the time the game rolled around earlier this month, Saunders’ fight with Hodgkin lymphoma had forced him away from the Timberwolves. Sam Mitchell was the interim coach. Donovan wasn’t able to see Saunders during the Thunder’s trip to Minnesota. “Sam just said he wasn’t doing well,” Donovan said. “He didn’t give me a timetable, he just said that he wasn’t doing well. And I could tell from just talking to him, it was pretty serious.

  • Thunder roundtable: Bold predictions for the upcoming NBA season

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson, Staff Writers | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    Beat writers Anthony Slater and Erik Horne join columnists Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson for a Thunder roundtable.

  • OKC Thunder: The Thunder and the NBA are trying to be more careful about concussions

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer   | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    As far as NBA teams go, the Thunder was a bit ahead of the precautionary curve. OKC’s trainer, the well-respected Joe Sharpe, was one of the leading researchers who helped establish the league’s current concussion protocol.

  • VIDEO: Thunder players combine for another entertaining Edmond Hyundai commercial

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    As has become an annual tradition, a trio of Thunder players have combined for an entertaining Edmond Hyundai commercial. It's not as memorable as Serge Ibaka on helium or Kendrick Perkins' kid making a cameo. But a faux dating game featuring Nick Collison, Andre Roberson and a singing Mitch McGary is worth the watch.

  • Thunder Journal: Extra week gives Thunder crucial prep time

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer   | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    On Thursday, the Thunder returned to practice, going with a long session deep into the afternoon. They’ll do the same on Friday and then, after a day off this weekend, begin preparation for the opener next Wednesday against the Spurs in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Thunder signs former Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    The Thunder is linking up with a familiar face for Oklahoma State sports fans. Former OSU forward and fan favorite Michael Cobbins signed with the team on Thursday night. The Thunder's roster is filled to the brim with 15 guaranteed guys. So Cobbins will almost certainly be shifted to the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder's D-League team, for the season. But it's a solid place for Cobbins to start a pro career, just up the road from Stillwater. He also played for the Thunder's summer league team this past July. OKC also signed Mustapha Farrakhan to a similar deal. Farrakhan is a University of Virginia product who has played in the D-League previously.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan interested in Team USA job, but believes there are better candidates

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    Duke's Mike Krzyzewski will coach Team USA's basketball team at the 2016 Olympics. After the games, though, he plans to step down from his position. That has many wondering who his successor will be, with reports that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the leading candidate. But the Thunder's Billy Donovan -- who has strong ties to the national hoops program through his work with the younger teams -- has also been floated out there as a possible replacement. After Thursday's practice, Donovan was asked about the eventual opening. He confirmed an interest, but said he believes there are better candidates. Here's the quick Q&A: Would you ever be interested in coaching Team USA? Billy

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What's the Thunder's salary cap future look like with Kevin Durant's free agency looming?

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 - 10/22 (<–Click Here) -- Civilian capologist Jon Hamm joins the show to discuss Kevin Durant's contract options. Why is it a bad idea to sign an extension? What's a 1+1 player option deal? What else looms over the Thunder as 2016 approaches? We talk about it all. Archive Thunder Buddies - 10/15 -- Three preseason

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    We're a little under a week away from the Oklahoma City Thunder's season opener vs. San Antonio. Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. to talk about the upcoming season.

Anthony Slater Today at 6:22 PM If he stays healthy, Kobe Bryant's final road game in the NBA will be in Oklahoma City -- April 11, 2016.
Anthony Slater Today at 5:51 PM Scheduling quirk: Thunder's FIRST multi-game road trip starts tomorrow: at ATL, at MIA. No 3+ game trips until January.
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 09:04:40 PM CST First half Bedlam recap or Semaje Perine highlight? Both
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 08:00:57 PM CST Mike Gundy makes his own style. Pretty sure he's wearing baseball batting gloves right now.
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:20:33 PM CST Issue uploading the new Thunder podcast onto iTunes. So only way to listen right now is through this link:
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:18:39 PM CST Pre-Bedlam listening: New Thunder podcast recapping Reggie Jackson's unpleasant return to OKC + more ->
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 12:36:16 PM CST 3v3 post-practice battle going on right now: McGary, Payne and Singler vs Huestis, Novak and Royal Ivey.
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 12:22:53 PM CST Thunder big men working on backdoor passing, different offensive moves
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 09:58:39 AM CST @gnilly97 @DarnellMayberry Soon
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 09:51:10 AM CST New Thunder podcast dropping within the hour.
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 09:14:18 AM CST End of my question about Drummond is where KD called him Detroit's "best player" and KCP their "2nd best player"
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 08:55:35 AM CST Postgame video analysis of the Thunder's win over Detroit + some great interviews with Westbrook/Van Gundy/more:
Anthony Slater Sat, Nov. 28 2015 08:51:28 AM CST It was an unpleasant homecoming for Reggie Jackson. Recap from OKC with some telling postgame quotes:
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 11:48:17 PM CST Stan Van Gundy, never afraid to roast his team, killed Detroit's rebounding against OKC tonight
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 11:41:23 PM CST It was an unpleasant homecoming for Reggie Jackson. Recap from OKC:
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 10:37:34 PM CST Thunder defense a quiet key tonight. Pistons held to 32 points on 11-of-46 shooting (24%) in the second half.
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 10:13:15 PM CST Here's the exchange between @ErikHorneOK and Russell Westbrook on Reggie Jackson: "Who?"
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 10:10:42 PM CST Reggie Jackson on boos cont... "They wouldn’t boo me if I didn’t do anything and build some memories here."
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 10:10:19 PM CST Reggie Jackson on the boos: "I love to be hated. It’s flattering, the greatest honor of them all. It’s love and spite all at the same time."
Anthony Slater Fri, Nov. 27 2015 10:03:38 PM CST Kevin Durant called Andre Drummond the Pistons "best player" and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Detroit's "second best player" CC: Reggie Jackson.