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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Adverse experience should be beneficial for Scott Brooks and the Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    With the shot clock ticking toward single-digits and a play needing to be made, Kendrick Perkins swung the ball to his small forward and set up a simple 5-3 pick-and-roll. The only problem was – because of the Thunder’s well-documented health issues – Nick Collison happened to be that small forward. “It was borderline comical, borderline insanity and borderline exciting,” Scott Brooks joked of the situation. “…I was on the sideline and I was saying to myself: ‘I cannot wait to see what happens with this pick.’” It didn’t result in any points. But the big-to-big play was run correctly, Brooks said. And these days, that qualifies as a minor win. Injuries have gutted the roster. Occasional foul

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson highly critical of himself after overtime loss to Brandon Jennings and the Pistons

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Brandon Jennings outdueled Reggie Jackson in the battle of the point guards, scoring 25 of his game-high 29 points after halftime and leading the Pistons to a 96-89 overtime win.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka not worried about his dip in shot-blocking

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Serge Ibaka’s threes are up this season. Way up. He’ll soon eclipse a career-high for makes in a season. But his blocks — maybe Ibaka’s most important statistical category — are down.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to take on the Detroit Pistons. Follow our live coverage with Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more from around the web.

  • PHOTO: Thunder Christmas Day jersey released, to have first names on back

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The NBA traditionally goes with some kind of unique jersey for its Christmas Day games. Last year it was sleeves, this year it’ll be first names on the back of each player’s jerseys. Below is a look at the Thunder’s threads. OKC will be playing the defending champion Spurs on Christmas in San Antonio. Tip is at […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five things to know about the Blue's Semaj Christon

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Former Xavier player Semaj Christon be starring for the OKC Blue — the city’s new D-League franchise that begins play on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. Tip is at 7 p.m. And in advance, here are five things to know about the recently turned 22-year-old who will likely serve as the team’s starting point guard:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is Anthony Morrow the Thunder's missing link?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 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 - 11/13 (<--Click here) - This opening month has been about treading water and accumulating wins whenever possible. That's just what the Thunder did on Thursday night. How big a win was it? How important will the Anthony Morrow signing prove to be? Is Jeremy Lamb gonna even remain in

  • VIDEO CLIP: Russell Westbrook to guest star on Nickelodeon show this Saturday

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is an outspoken Taylor Swift fan, presented at the Teen Choice Awards last year and dons outfits that occasionally look like they’re picked out by a colorful eighth grader. So, of course the Thunder superstar is guest starring on a Nickelodeon show this coming weekend. On Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT on Henry […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 109-94 win over the Celtics

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Behind a monster second half, the Thunder beat the Celtics 109-94 in Boston on Wednesday night, improving to 3-6 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Breakout 2nd half – The first six quarters of this road trip were an offensive disaster. OKC shot 33 percent in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night, […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The Thunder looks to get its first road win of the season tonight against the Boston Celtics. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 85-78 loss in Milwaukee

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Thunder lost 85-78 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, slipping to 2-6 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Subpar performance – If you gauged the confidence level of Thunder fans before each of the eight games so far this season, this is probably the one most felt best about. Coming off a nice home win over surprising […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is after its first two-game winning streak of the season, against rookie phenom Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Huestis content with unique career path, unconcerned about outside skepticism

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    The Thunder’s second selection – 29th overall – became the NBA’s first domestic first round draft-and-stash case. The details were revealed through The Oklahoman. Then criticism rained in from the outside NBA world.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Trio leads Thunder past Kings 101-93

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    On this night – during this important 101-93 early-season win over the surprising Sacramento Kings – at journeymen trio was part of a key late-game Thunder lineup.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Mark Cuban wonders if Thunder should tank for No. 1 draft pick

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The Mavs owner wondered aloud on Sunday if OKC should take a page out of the 1997 Spurs book. San Antonio was a Western Conference Finalist the year before but, because of a batch of injuries, including a season-ender to David Robinson, finished 20-62 and got the first overall pick. It turned into Tim Duncan.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs Kings

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Saturday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Thunder notebook: Anthony Morrow may return from knee injury as early as Sunday

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Slowly, the healthy bodies are starting to trickle back into the Thunder lineup. Jeremy Lamb returned on Friday night from a back injury and played pretty well. Anthony Morrow went through his first full practice on Saturday and could return as early as Sunday against the Kings. The veteran sharpshooter has missed the season’s first six game with a sprained MCL. “Getting better, but we don’t know for sure yet,” Scott Brooks said. Morrow was the Thunder’s key offseason addition, expected to inject some much-needed spacing into the Thunder lineup. He’ll likely be most effective when alongside the two star playmakers he signed in Oklahoma City to play beside.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb returns, provides silver lining in another tough Thunder loss

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Jeremy Lamb had six points at the end of the first quarter, 10 by halftime and 17 at the end of the night, second on the team behind Reggie Jackson. And he did it on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Ish Smith excited about opportunity with the Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    With at least four players out for an extended period, the Thunder was able to sign the journeyman point guard using the hardship exception. Smith was in training camp with Houston, before being released right before the season.




Anthony Slater Today at 10:13 PM Motivated Thunder gear up for intriguing matchup with the 21-3 Warriors: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 6:23 PM @samikard @DarnellMayberry Yep. Good call.
Anthony Slater Today at 3:49 PM Serge Ibaka climbing up blocks leaderboard. Had 7 last night, 58 on season (4 behind ADavis). Ibaka's led NBA 4 straight seasons.
Anthony Slater Today at 3:39 PM We also discuss that Wilson Chandler Thunder rumor on the podcast: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 3:30 PM New Thunder podcast discussing Russell Westbrook's MVP case and @DarnellMayberry's fears in life -> LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:36 PM Mitch McGary out two to three weeks with periostitis in his left tibia: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:25 PM McGary missed the first month of the season with a fractured foot, finally made his season debut Sunday, now this. Rough rookie year.
Anthony Slater Today at 2:24 PM Mitch McGary is out for the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia. His court activity will be lowered.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:34 PM ICYMI: Five observations from the Thunder's win in Sacramento - LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:22 PM @bomani_jones Same amazing athlete, much smarter/controlled style
Anthony Slater Today at 1:18 PM Key stat within Russell Westbrook's efficiency improvement: Took a career-high 4.7 3s per game last year. Has cut it to 2.8 this season.
Anthony Slater Today at 1:01 PM Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant congratulates Kobe on his points milestone, unaware of his own: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 9:00 AM Five observations (plus Vines and more) from the Thunder's win in Sacramento last night: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 4:10 AM Five observations from the Thunder's win in Sacramento: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 2:27 AM Russell Westbrook walking into that MVP conversation like... https://t.co/Q3OsS6IYeV
Anthony Slater Today at 1:45 AM Probably the best pass of Serge Ibaka's career https://t.co/l66o0Tgyhm
Anthony Slater Today at 1:24 AM Quick Thunder-Kings analysis video w/comments from Brooks, KD: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:23 AM Quick Thunder-Kings recap: LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 1:11 AM RT @sergeibaka9: Big Fellas! #avecclasse Steven's face tho lol!!! LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 12:56 AM Steven Adams was icing the upper left side of his left calf/knee area postgame. Minor limp, but not expected to be serious.