Darnell Mayberry
Sports 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.



  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time for Mitch McGary to strut his stuff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The day that Mitch McGary has looked forward to for weeks has finally come. And when the Thunder opens play in the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday afternoon, all eyes will be on him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC re-signs Kyle Singler

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

         On the opening day of free agency, the Thunder swiftly accomplished one of the two things it set out to do this summer.      The team agreed to re-sign restricted free agent Kyle Singler, coming to terms with the reserve forward on a five-year deal worth more than $24 million on Wednesday. The deal could keep Singler in Oklahoma City through the 2019-20 season, although the fifth year of the deal is a team option.      At first glance, the contract might appear to be a bit steep for a player who is projected to be the Thunder’s 11th man next season. But when compared to deals other players received around the league it begins to look more like fair market

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward close nearly $25 million

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward nearly $25 million

  • NBA: Brace yourself for an unpredictable free agency period

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket from $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal goes into effect.

  • OKC Thunder: Luke Ridnour, cash sent to Toronto for $2.85 million trade exception

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -- Oklahoma City has sent the contract of Luke Ridnour and cash to Toronto in exchange for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a Croatian player not likely to ever end up in Oklahoma City.

  • Billy Donovan hires Maurice Cheeks, Monty Williams to fill out Thunder staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Billy Donovan has fortified his biggest weakness the best way he could. The first-year Thunder coach went out and got exactly what he didn’t have. Experience. Two former NBA head coaches will be at Donovan’s side on the Thunder bench next season after the Thunder finalized its coaching staff with the hiring of Maurice Cheeks and Monty Williams as assistants. Cheeks, a former Thunder assistant on Scott Brooks’ staff for four seasons, and Williams bring a combined 14 years of NBA head coaching experience that is expected to aid Donovan in his transition from college to the NBA.

  • OKC Thunder: Maurice Cheeks to rejoin Thunder coaching staff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    THUNDER COACHES -- New Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan has filled out his coaching staff. The final addition is Maurice Cheeks, who was on the Thunder staff from 2009-2013 before being named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne coming to OKC ready to prove his worth

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    With the Thunder next season, Payne is projected to be the third string point guard behind starter Russell Westbrook and backup D.J. Augustin.

  • Live Coverage: 2015 NBA Draft

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Who will the Thunder take at No. 14? Follow live coverage of the NBA Draft with The Oklahoman and more writers from around the nation

  • Thunder trades Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte Hornets

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has been traded to Charlotte. In exchange for the fourth-year shooting guard, the Hornets are sending Oklahoma City veteran point guard Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Ridnour, however, has a non-guaranteed contract and will be waived at zero cost to the Thunder, effectively making the deal a salary dump for OKC. Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Thunder also needed to declutter its roster to open a spot for whatever player it might select in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, as well as make room for Josh Huestis, last year’s first-round selection. After releasing Ridnour, the team’s roster will stand at 14 players, one below the maximum

  • Thunder close to trading Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte

    By Darnell MayberryStaff writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After three rocky seasons in Oklahoma City, it appears that Jeremy Lamb’s time has come to an end. A move that has long been anticipated is creeping closer to completion, as the Thunder guard is on the verge of being traded. Oklahoma City has entered into advanced discussions with Charlotte to send the seldom-used reserve to the Hornets. For the Thunder, it’s a deal that would dump superfluous salary and open a roster spot that the team currently does not have. The Hornets would add shooting and depth in a player they’ve had their sights set on for quite some time. The talks were first reported Wednesday night by the Charlotte Observer and confirmed by The Oklahoman.

  • Trading the 14th pick a possibility for the Thunder in NBA draft

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    When Sam Presti talks about his team’s position in the upcoming NBA Draft, the Thunder general manager spends more time talking about vague scenarios and possibilities than actual prospects or team needs. He makes it a point to remind that there are a lot of options and opportunities, and that his job is to consider everything. “I think we probably have to look at how to add the most value to the organization with the draft pick, and that can come a lot of different ways,” Presti said. One of those ways is via trade. Oklahoma City could attempt to maximize the 14th overall selection Thursday night by packaging it and trying to move up in the draft. Several teams slotted in front of the Thunder — New

  • In their own words: Top NBA Draft prospects share the toughest players they faced last season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    We’re inside a week to the NBA Draft, and by now you probably are familiar with the most prominent prospects, the lottery-level talent and the players projected to be picked in the Thunder’s range. But who do this year’s best players feel were the best players they faced?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder draft preview: The Frank Kaminsky File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    THE FRANK KAMINSKY FILE Position: Power forward School: Wisconsin Height: 7-0 Weight: 231 Birthdate: April 4, 1993 Hometown: Lisle, Ill. 2014-15 stats: 18.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.5 bpg .547 FG, .416 3PT .780 FT Strengths: Has excellent size. Terrific shooter. Has a soft touch. Can play inside and out. High basketball IQ. Efficient. Mobile. Good passer. Good ball-handler. Great with the pump fake. Doesn’t make many mistakes. Unselfish. Weaknesses: Questionable defender. Lacks length. Not a great athlete. Doesn’t have much explosion. Has trouble finishing over longer, more athletic players. Needs to get stronger.

  • OKC Thunder: Age is nothing but a number to National College Player of the Year, potential Thunder draft target Frank Kaminsky

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    If Kaminsky is still available at the 14th pick in next week’s NBA Draft, the Thunder could be the team that takes him. He’d offer an intriguing inside-outside attack that OKC has never had.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder draft preview: The Sam Dekker File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    THE SAM DEKKER FILE Position: Small forward School: Wisconsin Height: 6-9 Weight: 219 Birthdate: May 8, 1994 Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisc. 2014-15 stats: 13.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.5 spg, .525 FG, .331 3PT .708 FT Strengths: Prototypical size for his position. Great athlete. Good agility. Versatile. Can play multiple positions offensively. Can guard multiple positions defensively. Tough competitor. Efficient offensive player. Weaknesses: Inconsistent shooter. Doesn’t create much offense. Could be caught in between positions at the next level. Average ball-handler. How he could help the Thunder: Dekker might be everything the Thunder thought it was getting in Kyle Singler last

  • Former Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker fits the Sam Presti profile

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

           Sam Dekker fits the Sam Presti profile.      He’s long. He’s athletic. He’s versatile.      There’s just one thing that could keep the Thunder general manager from selecting the former Wisconsin standout small forward with the 14th overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft.      Kyle Singler.      Presti and the Thunder might already feel it has its version of Dekker in Singler, who OKC is hoping to re-sign as a restricted free agent this summer.      Then again, maybe the Thunder views Dekker as a potential better version of Singler, and a better value, too.      Dekker has drawn comparisons to Utah forward Gordon Hayward, a comparison Dekker embraces.

  • Versatility could make former Kentucky forward, possible Thunder draft target Trey Lyles a major problem

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    He’s a rare breed, a player who mixes size with skills and smarts.




Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 02 2015 04:40:54 PM CST New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments http://t.co/BKa0AwyqMp
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 01 2015 04:50:32 PM CST @MartyMacsWorld Ahem, Norfolk State stand up!! :)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 31 2015 09:42:18 PM CST Nancy Lieberman on her move to NBA assistant coach: "If you’re qualified you can have an opportunity" -- http://t.co/IlOOZmsNuj
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 31 2015 12:41:36 PM CST @EyeAmTruth Is that your house?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:34:53 PM CST Sam Presti statement on the signing of Josh Huestis. http://t.co/5ZELMhtCQx
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:12:56 PM CST My story on Josh Huestis from earlier this month - http://t.co/U05QunrauY
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:07:29 PM CST RT @ShamsCharania: Josh Huestis, the No. 29 pick in 2014, has signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league s…
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 29 2015 11:20:30 AM CST @JoshofIsh Just recorded a special edition. Look for it Monday.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 28 2015 03:38:46 PM CST We know three Thunder preseason games: Fenerbahce Ulker in OKC on Oct. 9, Mavs in Tulsa on Oct. 13 and at Utah on Oct. 20.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 28 2015 01:23:02 PM CST The Thunder will play a preseason game at Utah on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. central.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 24 2015 12:48:09 AM CST RT @indystar: Know your rights during police encounters: http://t.co/jDso9BChVL http://t.co/yUiUqcXHgK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 17 2015 10:02:21 AM CST Kevin Durant is coming back next season, and I can't wait!! http://t.co/ElqZzJsaVl (h/t @Teddy_P15)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 17 2015 10:02:01 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: Why a mom wanted her daughter to go to KD's camp -- and how we offered an assist: http://t.co/rossuC6NTg
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 16 2015 10:33:49 AM CST Dion Waiters thinks OKC has everything it needs to win a title next season http://t.co/2AzaJWf2Ld
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 03:22:11 PM CST RT @SiriusXMNBA: "[Durant] is progressing well..he is running which is stage three of that process" @okcthunder GM Sam Presti #NBA
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 11:36:55 AM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: I mean, this seems appropriate. https://t.co/82o0czdLOC
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 10:28:13 AM CST The Thunder retain Enes Kanter, as the ghost of James Harden looms over the team http://t.co/aY06HQjVug via @YahooSports
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:34:49 PM CST @JoshofIsh I'm looking forward to the pod because Slater agreed, Berry disagreed and I was in the middle.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:33:30 PM CST @Hubbs0412 can trade for a player for up to that amount without having to send out matching salaries.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:32:29 PM CST @clay_clay_ he's ready but might be a year away on this team.

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