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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, breaking down Enes Kanter’s 2014-15 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter report card

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The grades are in for Enes Kanter, with the report card reflecting his day-and-night style of play on the opposite sides of a basketball court.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The offensive statistics were always great for Enes Kanter. The defensive statistics, which can be harder to dig up, weren’t as friendly. Here’s a quick look at his season by the numbers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Thunder guard Andre Roberson.

  • Serge Ibaka's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Serge Ibaka’s sixth professional season was his most unique. He became a high-volume 3-point shooter and faced some injury issues he’s never experienced. Here’s a quick look by the numbers: 3 – Ibaka’s missed games the previous four seasons. 18 – Ibaka’s missed games this season, the final 18 after an early March knee scope. 53.3 – Ibaka’s career field goal percentage. 47 – Ibaka’s field goal percentage this season, mainly due to an uptick in 3-point attemtps. 205 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka this season. 123 – 3-point attempts for Ibaka his previous five seasons in the NBA. 2.4 – Blocks per game for Ibaka this season, his lowest mark since 2010-11, but still good

  • OKC Thunder: Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    SERGE IBAKA — Depending upon his activity with the Spanish national team this summer, Ibaka may not play a competitive basketball game for nearly seven months. And that may be just what Ibaka needs.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka's 2014-15 report card looks different before, after All-Star break

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Like the Thunder’s roller-coaster season, you can cut Serge Ibaka’s into different segments. He struggled early, peaked at times and then, like everyone else, faced an injury setback. Here are the quick grades: PRE ALL-STAR BREAK: C With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing a good chunk of the early season, Serge Ibaka was thrust into a leading role. And he, like the Thunder, struggled to adjust. His offensive game has always been as a play-starter, not finisher. He doesn’t create shots for himself, but rather cashes in assists from those around him at an extremely efficient rate. Without his two primary playmakers out there to suck away attention and feed him good looks, Ibaka got a bit lost early.

  • OKC Thunder: First images of the signature Kevin Durant 'KD 8' shoes leaked

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    As these playoffs have shown, despite his team being at home and his foot being in a boot, Kevin Durant’s market appeal remains high. The Thunder star is currently being featured in national advertisements by Sonic and Sprint, which commonly air during postseason games. And on Monday morning, the first images of his next signature sneaker […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook hands his brother diploma after graduation at UCO

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    It’s graduation season for many across the country and in the metro. That includes Ray Westbrook, the brother of Russell Westbrook who graduated from UCO on Saturday afternoon. Russell not only attended the ceremony, but, it seems, handed Ray his diploma as he walked across the stage. From Ray’s Instagram account: From Russell’s Instagram account, […]

  • Thunder roundtable: What is the most important aspect of this offseason?

    COMPILED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the Thunder’s upcoming offseason.

  • Report: Florida assistant Anthony Grant to join Billy Donovan's Thunder staff

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    In Friday’s paper, we took a look at some possible candidates to join Billy Donovan’s soon to be compiled coaching staff. You can read that by clicking here. Among those listed was Anthony Grant, a long-time assistant and friend of Donovan’s. Late Thursday night, a report from The Gainesville Sun said Grant would “definitely” follow Donovan to Oklahoma […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Familiar faces could join Billy Donovan's staff

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    In addition to two holdovers from the Scott Brooks era, some of Billy’s Boys are possible.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan has emotional farewell in Gainesville, heading back to OKC

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Following his introductory press conference in Oklahoma City last Friday, Donovan told The Oklahoman he was flying back to Gainesville that night. Donovan wanted to give the people there a proper goodbye and scheduled the farewell presser “out of respect for the people who covered our program for 19 years.”

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you assess the Billy Donovan hire?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 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 […]

  • Chat Recap: Anthony Slater answers your Thunder questions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat, taking a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire, the NBA Playoffs, and the MVP voting. Here's the recap:

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan has a track record of success dealing with personalities like Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Billy Donovan will be coaching a New Zealander, a Turkish player and a Congo native who knows five different languages. But above all, everyone is interested in how he’ll handle the delicate task of managing the emotionally charged Russell Westbrook, something his predecessor (Scott Brooks) did remarkably well.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan answers the first of likely many questions about Kevin Durant's looming free agency

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Aboutt 20 minutes into his first press conference as head coach of the Thunder, he was already peppered with the question that’ll soon define and engulf the next 15 months of his career. How do you deal with Kevin Durant’s impending free agency?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan will have farewell press conference in Florida

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Donovan is flying back to Gainesville for a few days to tie up some loose ends and hold a farewell press conference, likely to take place on Monday.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press at an […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.




Anthony Slater Today at 3:43 PM Thunder to face Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker in Oklahoma City on October 9th: http://t.co/oAKoeBZUyg
Anthony Slater Today at 3:25 PM Enes Kanter's former Turkish team to play the Thunder in OKC on October 9th https://t.co/yQdt8ijGC7
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 11:04:58 AM CST Serge and Bill Clinton https://t.co/aTXUAra7AA
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:49:53 AM CST @EmanStacks1 He will be with the Blue next season rehabbing
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:35:30 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: Hey, Thunder fans. Need your feedback! http://t.co/KQgrWgpjD8
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:13:34 AM CST NBA schedule expected out sometime in August https://t.co/tjuxlEozsD
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:10:55 AM CST Steven Adams will not compete with the New Zealand national team this summer: http://t.co/vJXv0d3FBg
Anthony Slater Mon, Jul. 27 2015 08:47:45 AM CST Could Mike Miller land with the Thunder? Why it sounds intriguing but doesn't really make sense-> http://t.co/jCF4vpVloT
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:36:41 PM CST Could Mike Miller land with the Thunder? Why it sounds intriguing but doesn't really make sense -> http://t.co/jCF4vpVloT
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 08:27:30 PM CST Here's a Q&A with Mike Miller from last month on his relationship with Billy Donovan: http://t.co/0zcAGyyqiV
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 08:25:34 PM CST Roster spot may not be there, but Miller is extremely close with Billy Donovan and friendly with KD https://t.co/yBntXVBTV5
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 04:16:49 PM CST RT @sam_amick: The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for…
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 04:16:46 PM CST RT @sam_amick: On Team USA front, I'm told Kevin Durant - who pulled out last summer before the FIBA World Cup - will visit Vegas minicamp …
Anthony Slater Sun, Jul. 26 2015 11:11:59 AM CST Thunder offseason roundtable: http://t.co/PODnnKzCTp
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 23 2015 05:59:17 PM CST Beach workout out in LA for the Thunder: https://t.co/KZntTdArVH
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 23 2015 04:47:03 PM CST @jgg512 Probably late next week
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 23 2015 04:38:11 PM CST Pair of short Thunder videos -Orange jerseys?: http://t.co/bJSwrIvHsk -UCLA workouts: http://t.co/7xtYDFi52l
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 23 2015 12:57:06 AM CST RT @RealStevenAdams: I love my friends... http://t.co/qBY8lFCYNn
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 22 2015 10:56:25 PM CST RT @PeabodyJ: @royceyoung @anthonyVslater I created this 2 months ago based on rumors I heard. Looks close: http://t.co/Lv7yJpP2zt http://t
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 22 2015 10:26:10 PM CST Is the Thunder getting orange jerseys: http://t.co/CVVbH1iHZz (h/t @AndrewMLind) http://t.co/6JxfqNOSWg

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