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


  • OKC Thunder works sign-and-trade deal to send Thabo Sefolosha to Atlanta

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Thunder turned Sefolosha’s departure into an asset, acquiring a a trade exception of slightly more than $4 million from the Hawks.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe joins Derek Fisher's New York Knicks staff

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Brian Keefe has joined Derek Fisher's staff with the New York Knicks. It is the second Thunder staffer Fisher has taken with him. Josh Longstaff, a video analyst and player development coach, also joined Fisher's staff.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Anthony Morrow, OKC completes its checklist of offseason needs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anthony Morrow, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward, fills a pressing need for the Thunder with his shooting ability and should bolster the team’s depth on the wing. He’s a career 42.8 percent shooter from 3-point range and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance in 76 games last season with New Orleans.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with Thunder

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The Thunder may have found its shooting help. Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to sign with Oklahoma City. The Thunder has been rumored to be chasing the 6-foot-5, six-year veteran, and news came through Saturday that the 42 percent career 3-point shooter is coming to OKC. Morrow scored 8.4 points per game and shot 45 percent from 3-point range in 76 games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013-14.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Perry Jones has 20 points in summer league finale

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Perry Jones had to get back to having fun. So said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “The first couple of games I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, telling myself that I have to do well,” said Jones. “And Darko talked to me before (the last) game and he told me that I need to just smile a little more. Just have fun out there. I’m doing something I love to do. Just have fun. Don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. And I took what he said and I ran with it.” The advice helped lead to Jones assembling his best game in the Thunder’s Orlando Pro Summer League finale on Friday. Jones scored a team-high 20 points in the Thunder’s 103-98 win over Miami. He made seven of 11 shots and

  • LeBron James is returning to Cleveland — but he never really left

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James put Akron on the map 13 years ago, when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated packaged as “The Chosen One.” Now he’s appointed himself to be the man to bring glory back to the region.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson won't come cheap

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

    Thunder guard can become a restricted free agent next summer. And as this year’s free-agent class has shown, players with his skills can command big money.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: It doesn't look like OKC will be using its trade exception

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The trade exception that the Thunder received last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota is set to expire Friday, and it appears Oklahoma City will let the deadline pass without making a trade.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Thunder summer league guard Michael Stockton learned early on not to worry about outside expectations

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Michael Stockton might be best known as the son of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. But Michael has carved out a productive career in his own right.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams working on low-post game

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Thunder center’s free-throw shooting also needs some work.

  • OKC Thunder: NBA sets salary cap for 2014-15

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The salary cap for the 2014-15 season will increase to an all-time high $63.065 million, the NBA announced Wednesday. The tax level has been set at $76.829 million. Both go into effect Thursday, the day the league’s moratorium period ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making trades. The Thunder’s payroll next season is roughly $70.9 million, which leaves Oklahoma City approximately $5.8 million shy of surpassing the tax threshold. That means the Thunder can sign a free agent with the full mid-level exception ($5.305 million) and remain under the tax. Oklahoma City also has a $6.6 million trade exception that expires Friday.

  • Q&A: OKC Thunder guard Semaj Christon

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Semaj Christon was selected with the 55th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. After a series of trades, he eventually landed with the Thunder. It’s unlikely that Christon will join the Thunder next season. But he’s making his best case this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: For those of us who didn’t get to see you much in college, can you describe your game to us? A: Physical guard. Like to get in the paint. Try to kick out most of the time for my players to hit open shots. And (I) can guard, can defend. Would it be accurate to say that you’re kind of a score-first point guard more than a pass-first point guard? Nah, if I get in there and I’m open I shoot it. If I’m not, I pass it. You

  • Q&A: Miami guard Shabazz Napier

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Shabazz Napier won two national championships at Connecticut, capturing one as a freshman and another as a senior this past season. He went on to become the 24th pick by Charlotte in this year’s NBA Draft but was traded on draft night to Miami. Napier is now looking to learn the NBA game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: What’s it like to go from national championship game to your next competitive game is summer league? A: That’s the biggest thing. I haven’t played competitively. I’m with a new team, and it’s kind of tough because I have to understand my teammates on the fly.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary shows ball-handling skills in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Mitch McGary has impressed as much with his ball-handling and passing at the Orlando Pro Summer League as he has with his rebounding and hustle. It’s become one of the biggest surprises surrounding the 21st overall pick out of Michigan. On several possessions, McGary has pulled down defensive rebounds and initiated the fast break not with an outlet pass but by pushing the ball himself in transition. On occasion, he’s kept it the entire way, penetrating the painted area and dumping off to a fellow big man or kicking it out to shooters.

  • OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb hopes to use summer league as a springboard

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Thunder guard working on his game, not knowing what his role will be in his third NBA season.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who has impressed you in summer league?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Darnell Mayberry is talking Thunder live from Orlando at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat. Questions about Summer League, free agency or potential trades? Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks reportedly meets with Pau Gasol

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    ESPN.com reported late Monday night that Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with free agent Pau Gasol on Monday as part of the team’s continuing efforts to recruit the former Lakers center to Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones playing with confidence, aggressiveness in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Perry Jones got the night off in the Thunder’s 98-84 win over Brooklyn on Monday, but he showed enough in those first two days to make you think his motor might no longer be a concern.

  • Q&A with Brooklyn Nets' Markel Brown: Former Oklahoma State standout off and running at summer league

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was selected 44th overall in this year’s NBA Draft, and after a series of trades eventually landed with the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA career is off to a good start after a couple of promising performances in the Orlando Pro Summer League. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about his memories of draft night and his experiences thus far in the NBA. Q: Take us back to draft night. When you heard your name, where were you and what was that feeling like? A: I was actually at my aunt’s house back in Louisiana with a select few of my family members. The moment hearing my name called, it was so surreal.




Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 07:07:21 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:17:19 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping later today.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:59:16 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Ready to talk #okcthunder? Join @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:32:38 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Log on at 11 a.m. and join #okcthunder writer @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:51:24 PM CST @OhMyGolie Nothing has changed.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 17 2014 02:25:12 PM CST @OhMyGolie Tell me how you really feel.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:17:18 PM CST Think he got this before KD won the MVP or nah? LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:03:56 PM CST RT @dcsportsbog: Obviously someone has a Durant Redskins jersey LINK (via @BSposa)
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 14 2014 01:11:35 PM CST Single-game tickets for all Thunder home games in 2014-15 will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:00 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 06:35:30 PM CST @Letsgocubs13 LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:56:12 PM CST RT @johnschuhmann: Wow. Thunder go from Portland to L.A. to OKC to Brooklyn to Toronto in the first 7 days of the season. Incredible.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:36:20 PM CST @LifeofJuanTwo At Houston on the 15th, home against Golden State on the 16th.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:30:37 PM CST Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to OKC only once this season, Tuesday, March 24.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:17 PM CST Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will make his NBA debut with Boston in OKC on Wednesday, March 18.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:01 PM CST @ryanwoods_ Doubt it. Was thinking about that the other day. But don't expect something better.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:11:55 PM CST Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the game.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:09:29 PM CST The Thunder will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season. OKC, for the 3rd time in 4 years on NYE, will play Phoenix.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 03:41:15 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Here's @DarnellMayberry's updated story looking at some of the marquee games on the Thunder's schedule: LINK