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 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.

  • NBA DRAFT PREVIEW: THE JERIAN GRANT FILE

    Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: THE R.J. HUNTER FILE

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    NBA Draft prospect out of Georgia State could help Thunder as a long-range shooter

  • Thunder could be interested in giving R.J. Hunter the chance to make a name for himself

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    NBA Draft prospect wants to shed tainted reputation as a coach’s son

  • OKC Thunder: Monty Williams expected to become Billy Donovan's lead assistant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Yahoo Sports reported late Tuesday night that Williams, who was fired last month after five seasons with the Pelicans, has agreed to become Donovan’s top assistant. ESPN.com first reported Tuesday night that Williams likely would end up on the Thunder’s bench.

  • Questions and answers with Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    R.J. Hunter was in town Monday for a workout with the Thunder. Let him tell it, the workout went great. The former Georgia State shooting guard could be in play with the Thunder at the 14th pick, as he would provide additional size, length and shooting at the off-guard position. There are questions, however, about […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Monty Williams makes sense to add to staff

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Recently-fired Pelicans coach has the credentials that could be exactly what Billy Donovan needs in a lead assistant

  • Questions and answers with Murray State point guard, reported Thunder target Cameron Payne

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    The NBA Draft is one month from tonight, yet some apparently think the Thunder already has pinpointed its pick. According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, there is growing buzz among rival general managers that OKC has made a promise to Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick. It wouldn’t be the […]

  • OKC Thunder: Discussing Mitch McGary's rookie season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Mitch McGary.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Mitch McGary's rookie season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Mitch McGary’s rookie season was cut short by the injury bug. But when he got on the floor and played significant minutes, more often than not he was a force that teams had to account for. It resulted in an encouraging rookie campaign.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary's rookie season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Mitch McGary didn’t get a chance to get too comfortable in his rookie season. But he showed flashes of the potential that has made the Thunder think so highly of him.

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Mitch McGary

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    What they’re saying about Mitch McGary. Michigan coach John Beilein — “His motor is what stands out to me and just about everybody else. That is one thing that is extremely important for him going forward…And when he’s in great shape, he can play all day long.” Utah guard Trey Burke — “He’s definitely a hard worker, first and foremost. With his ability to move without the ball and set screens and catch and shoot the little 7-foot, 8-foot jump shot that he can hit, I think he brings a lot of versatility.” Thunder forward Nick Collison — “He wants to listen. He wants to get better. Everybody loves him. He’s got great energy. He’s a guy you want to have on your team.




Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 07 2015 11:27:12 PM CST Billy Donovan wants to make things easier for stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 07 2015 04:21:31 PM CST Those guys Durant and Westbrook will. :) RT @justin_danziger @DarnellMayberry if only his teammates could finish
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 07 2015 04:19:38 PM CST Mitch McGary is out here making some sick passes. His court vision and precision with the pass could be a real weapon.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 07 2015 01:08:56 PM CST Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 02:51:28 PM CST Mitch McGary finishes a great first half with a pretty coast-to-coast drive and dish.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 02:29:43 PM CST Durant, Morrow, Waiters and Reggie Jackson are all in attendance. It's just like old times.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 12:40:48 PM CST ICYMI: Mitch McGary has lost nearly 30 pounds - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 10:45:33 AM CST RT @DwyaneWade: I haven't been carried since my mother gave birth to me.. https://t.co/J4Mm4VKktL
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 10:08:54 AM CST RT @KDTrey5: Renovating courts all over the world with @Nikebasketball to help give kids the chance that I got. #KDCF LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 06 2015 09:31:35 AM CST RT @willwelch: Me, @russwest44, and his new Air Jordans shopping at Colette in Paris. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 08:57:19 PM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Restricted free agent guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to a five-year, $80M extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sour…
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 07:37:45 PM CST Mitch McGary has lost nearly 30 pounds - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 06:24:28 PM CST ICYMI: Kevin Durant visits summer league, says surgically-repaired foot is progressing on schedule LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 05:25:34 PM CST @JabariJYoung Talk some sense into @MyMikeCheck would you?
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 05:14:32 PM CST Man, somebody might get sued RT @anthonyVslater Kris Bryant 'KB' shirt outside Wrigley looking a lot like a 'KD' logo LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 05 2015 09:53:59 AM CST Kevin Durant shows up unexpectedly at Summer League, says surgically-repaired foot is progressing on schedule LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 04 2015 03:19:06 PM CST @thakaden No
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 04 2015 03:15:31 PM CST Mitch McGary getting a good test covering a stretch 4 in rookie Frank Kaminsky.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 04 2015 02:56:56 PM CST Kevin Durant interview on NBA TV
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 03 2015 09:56:41 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency negotiations: LINK

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