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.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Duke point guard, possible Thunder target Tyus Jones says he's the best pure point guard available in the draft

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    All season, Tyus Jones stepped up on the biggest stage to deliver as the point guard led Duke to the national championship.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Myles Turner has a worker's mentality

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

         When the Milwaukee Bucks interviewed prospects at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, they asked each player to select from a group of 20 predetermined attributes to describe their personalities.      The players were limited to four words that they felt best categorized themselves.      Myles Turner chose loyal, champion, confident and humble.      The selections said a lot about the type of person the former Texas center wants teams to know he is as the 2015 NBA Draft approaches.      “I have a worker’s mentality, and I think that needs to be known,” Turner said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder draft preview: The Myles Turner File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    THE MYLES TURNER FILE Position: Center School: Texas Height: 7-0 Weight: 239 Birthdate: March 24, 1996 Hometown: Bedford, Texas 2014-15 stats: 10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.3 spg, 2.6 bpg, .455 FG, .274 3PT .839 FT Strengths: Has great size and length for his position. Good rebounder. Quality shooter. Can stretch the floor. Elite shot blocker. Has great timing and anticipation. Weaknesses: Below average athleticism. Poor foot speed. Needs to get stronger. Struggles to hold his spot. Gets pushed around. Settles for long jump shots. Poor passer. How he could help the Thunder: Could provide the rare blend of outside shooting and shot-blocking from the big man.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC reportedly interested in drafting Murray State point guard Cameron Payne

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    For the third time in five years, the Thunder is said to have entered into a pre-draft arrangement with a player. In 2011, Oklahoma City reportedly promised Reggie Jackson he would be selected if he was still available when the team made its selection with the 24th overall pick. In 2014, the Thunder arranged a deal with Josh Huestis, telling the former Stanford forward he would be taken 29th overall if he agreed to spend his first season in the D-League. This year, the Thunder is linked to another pre-draft promise.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Cameron Payne File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    THE CAMERON PAYNE FILE Position: Point guard School: Murray State Height: 6-2 Weight: 183 Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1994 Hometown: Bartlett, Ind. 2014-15 stats: 20.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.8 spg, .449 FG, .373 3PT .783 FT Strengths: Good height for his position. Terrific scorer. Has great range. Great playmaker. Exceptional ball-handler. Smart pick and roll player. Crafty. Has a fantastic floater. Willing defender. Plays with great pace. Unselfish. Not afraid of the big moments. Left handed. Weaknesses: Average athleticism. Small

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Devin Booker File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    A look at Devin Booker's strengths, weaknesses, how he could help the Thunder and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Kentucky shooting guard and possible Thunder draft target Devin Booker could be a steal for OKC

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Booker, the former Kentucky shooting guard, is projected to go as high as No. 9 to Charlotte. But if he’s on the board when the Thunder selects 14th, Booker could be the team’s biggest draft-night steal since OKC selected Reggie Jackson 24th overall in 2011.

  • The Bobby Portis File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    THE BOBBY PORTIS FILE Position: Power forward School: Arkansas Height: 6-11 Weight: 246 Birthdate: Feb. 10, 1995 Hometown: Little Rock, Ark. 2014-15 stats: 17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg, .536 FG, .467 3PT .737 FT Strengths: Has ideal size and length for his position. Plays with great energy, especially in the open floor. Moves extremely well at his size. Active defensively. Good shooter from mid-range. Expanding his range out to the 3-point line. Exceptional offensive rebounder. Weaknesses: Inferior athleticism.

  • Energy, effort could make potential Thunder draft target Bobby Portis the perfect glue guy

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The former Arkansas power forward possesses a chiseled 6-foot-11, 245-pound frame but isn’t an explosive athlete. He doesn’t sky for highlight dunks or intimidate with monster blocked shots. He’s a better jump shooter than a low-post scoring threat, making him more of a finesse forward than a power forward. And still, Portis managed to dominate as a sophomore this past season.

  • Toughness, tenacity make former Virginia shooting guard and possible Thunder target Justin Anderson

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Anderson doesn’t just defend, he cherishes the challenge. It’s a mentality that has him on the verge of making his NBA dreams come true, potentially even hearing his name called as early as the 14th pick by the Thunder.

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Justin Anderson File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    THE JUSTIN ANDERSON FILE Position: Shooting guard School: Virginia Height: 6-6 Weight: 231 Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1993 Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va. 2014-15 stats: 12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.7 spg, .466 FG, .452 3PT .780 FT Strengths: Has an NBA-ready body. Elite athleticism.  Excels in transition. Finishes above the rim. Good defender. Physical player. Draws contact on drives. Plays with great energy and effort. Solid shooter. Weaknesses: Limited as a ball-handler. Doesn’t create much offense for himself or others. Streaky shooter. Good at some of everything but not great at anything.

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Rondae Hollis-Jefferson file

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Breaking down potential Thunder draft target Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

  • OKC Thunder: Confidence could turn potential Thunder target Rondae Hollis-Jefferson into elite defender

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    If the Thunder drafted Hollis-Jefferson with the 14th overall pick in the June 25th draft, Oklahoma City wouldn’t be getting just an intriguing player, but the Thunder also would be getting an interesting personality.

  • Thunder guard Andre Roberson says Billy Donovan will be a great fit

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Andre Roberson joined Thunder campers Tuesday in Oklahoma City, where he helped lead drills for approximately 30 kids aged 10 to 16. When he finished, Roberson answered questions from the media and discussed his involvement in the camp, the arrival of Thunder coach Billy Donovan, his targeted development this summer and his anticipated role next […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Kelly Oubre File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    THE KELLY OUBRE FILE Position: Small forward School: Kansas Height: 6-6 Weight: 203 Birthdate: Dec. 9, 1995 Hometown: New Orleans, La. 2014-15 stats: 9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.1 spg, .444 FG, .358 3PT .718 FT Strengths: Possesses prototypical size and tremendous length. Great rebounder. Strong finisher. Excels in transition. Ef‌fective long-range shooter. Superb defensive instincts. Left-handed. Weaknesses: Still raw of‌fensively. Struggles with decision-making of‌fensively. Doesn’t create much of‌fense for himself or teammates. Not a good passer. Average ball-handler at best. Sometimes appears to be coasting. Takes questionable shots. Still has a light

  • Former Kansas forward Kelly Oubre could be too good for the Thunder to pass up

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Kelly Oubre wasn’t familiar with the phrase “Three and D” until last month. “I’ve never heard that,” Oubre insisted at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. The funny thing is the former Kansas blue-chipper might have the best tools of anyone in this year’s draft to turn into the type of terror who specializes in shredding defenses with his 3-point shooting at one end and hounding offensive players with his shutdown defense at the other. "Oh yeah,” Oubre said after digesting that description. “That’s something that I see myself being in the NBA.” If he’s still on the board when it’s the Thunder’s turn to select at pick No. 14 on June 25, Oubre might be too tantalizing to pass up.

  • Why the Thunder could pick former OU star Harvey Grant's son

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    NBA DRAFT PREVIEW — Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant is one of the oldest and most experienced players in the draft, putting him among the handful of prospects capable of helping a team starting on opening night.


    Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Could the Thunder could pick former OU star Harvey Grant’s son?

  • Stanley Johnson says Thunder think he is the best two-way player in the NBA Draft

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    The question is whether Johnson will be around for the Thunder to select with the 14th overall pick. Most mock drafts have Johnson being taken in the top 10. But if he falls, Johnson could bring the best blend of offense and defense that the Thunder has ever had at the starting shooting guard position.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Stanley Johnson file

    Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    THE STANLEY JOHNSON FILE Position: Shooting guard School: Arizona Height: 6-7 Weight: 245 Birthdate: May 29, 1996 Hometown: Fullerton, Calif. 2012-13 stats: 13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg, .446 FG, .371 3PT .742 FT Strengths: Has an NBA-ready body. Not afraid to use his powerful frame. Gets to the rim with ease. Capable 3-point shooter. Has great defensive potential. Fierce competitor. Has won big at all levels: high school, college and international. Terrific rebounder. Great at drawing fouls. Virtually unstoppable in transition. Weaknesses: Struggled to finish at the rim last season. Sometimes fell asleep on defense. Not overly explosive. Needs to improve decision-making

Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:20 AM @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.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:31:27 PM CST @JeradKW13 Depends on how they do it. I could see Presti trying to get creative with it, signing him midway through the year for example.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:30:23 PM CST @Mark50c OKC
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:30:11 PM CST @RamseyRivera How do you know?
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:29:46 PM CST @WiseWard100 @EatUpChuck Smh
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:28:42 PM CST @JoshofIsh What's your take?
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 09:54:45 PM CST @JoshofIsh You ain't the only one. Thanks for your support!!
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 02:34:08 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: On the Perry Jones trade and what it means for the Thunder and, potentially, Josh Huestis: http://t.co/Mwtql8KiKr