Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.


Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.


He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.


Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.


Top Stories


  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    It's Thunder vs. Grizzlies in the first round. Talk about the matchup and what the Thunder needs to fix headed into the postseason with Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder rallies past Detroit, clinches No. 2 seed in West

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left, and after a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a jump ball in Detroit’s end with 1.8 seconds left, he won a tip over Greg Monroe. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings managed a 30-foot heave at the

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    staff reports | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The Thunder wraps up the regular season against the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Monday's loss at New Orleans

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    “Pelican, pelican, flyyyyyy pelican…” Worst loss in franchise history.

  • OKC Thunder: Nick Collison ejected after shoving match with Pelicans' Austin Rivers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows.

  • OKC Thunder: Patchwork Pelicans stun Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The Thunder still had something to play for. But for whatever reason, Oklahoma City never played like it Monday night in New Orleans. The end result was a shocking one, a 101-89 defeat to the depleted Pelicans inside Smoothie King Arena.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    It's the final away game of the regular season for the Thunder in New Orleans against the Pelicans. Follow our live coverage at 7 p.m. with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Sunday's loss at Indiana

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Would have been cool if the Thunder won out… How glad are you going to be that the Thunder lost this game if it ends up being what helps the Pacers knock off the Heat?

  • OKC Thunder: Pacers take down Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    By the time Kevin Durant walked out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, his two costly and uncharacteristically bad crunch-time misses not only overshadowed his 38-point performance, but they also suggested that there was something more in play with Durant’s recent shooting struggles.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder will not improve on winning percentage

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    It was a good run.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pacers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder begins its final road swing of the regular season against the Indiana Pacers at noon. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around Twitter.

  • Will OKC Thunder meet Indiana in the NBA Finals?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Thunder visits Pacers on Sunday, in a matchup OKC hopes happens again in June.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC tops short-handed New Orleans Pelicans

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-94 on Friday night to clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Friday's win over New Orleans

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The Pelicans can’t catch a break… The outcome was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder plays the New Orleans Pelicans in its second-to-last regular season home game of the season. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks does not plan on resting Kevin Durant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Durant will continue to play 38, 39 minutes a game until the playoffs begin.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Wednesday's win against the Clippers

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Big win by the Thunder… The finish wasn’t pretty, but the Thunder got the job done.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder takes down Clippers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Oklahoma City moved closer to locking up the No. 2 seed by winning at Los Angeles.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant viewed his 25-point scoring streak as a distraction

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant explained that he didn’t feel comfortable with the attention the streak brought because it took away from his team.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers clash for the final time this regular season. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from Twitter.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:00 PM RT @anthonyVslater: Playoff Google Hangout going on right now. Talking Thunder-Grizzlies: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Today at 10:02 AM RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Kevin Durant joins Wilt Chamberlain & Michael Jordan as the only players to lead the NBA in points in 5 straight seasons
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:58 AM RT @tfrank14: Let's clear up myth; draft tiebreaks are done via random drawings, NOT a coin flip; those drawings will be tomorrow afternoon
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:53 AM RT @NewsOKSports: Also, @DarnellMayberry will be on the Power Lunch chat at 11 talking Thunder playoffs. Plan accordingly.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 10:41:21 PM CST Game 1: Saturday at 8:30 on ESPN; Game 2: Monday at 7 on TNT; Game 3: Thursday at 7 on TNT; Game 4: Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 on ESPN
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:59:14 PM CST The Thunder will play Memphis in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 is Saturday in OKC. Time will be announced soon. Full sked tonight.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:47:28 PM CST Kevin Durant finishes the season with a career-best 32-point scoring average.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:44:34 PM CST Kevin Durant finishes with the season with a career-best 32 point scoring average.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:39:16 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater More good news, Thunder fans: OKC has just secured Dallas' first round pick. Will be 21st, 22nd or 23rd overall.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:38:25 PM CST Mavs-Grizzlies just went into overtime.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:37:01 PM CST Thunder clinches the 2 seed and will play the winner of Dallas-Memphis on Saturday in OKC. Time TBD.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:35:04 PM CST Final: Thunder 112, Pistons 111. Kevin Durant finishes with 42 points in 45 minutes.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:33:10 PM CST Kevin Durant, with one of this most aggressive drives ever, dunks over Greg Monroe and gives OKC a 112-111 lead with 16.5 seconds left.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:31:10 PM CST Brandon Jennings looks scared of Russell Westbrook. Been that way since he was in Milwaukee.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:30:20 PM CST Pistons 111, Thunder 110 with 28.9 seconds left in Oklahoma City. #LeaguePassAlert
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:18:36 PM CST Four Pistons have scored at least 20 points. One of them has scored 30, rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:08:06 PM CST Line of the night from @anthonyVslater after watching KCP ball out: "I need to re-do my All-Rookie Second Team."
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 09:05:20 PM CST New chant..."Where is Thabo?"
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 08:58:15 PM CST Kyle Singler is two shy of tying his career high of 22 points.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Apr. 16 2014 08:53:07 PM CST After three, the Pistons lead the Thunder, 87-79.