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.



  • 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: Mitch McGary's rookie season raises excitement about his potential

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

    The bruising power forward out of Michigan established himself as a fan favorite for his energy and passion and showed he could soon be a double-double machine.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb wants a fair, honest-to-goodness chance

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After three largely fruitless NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, he doesn’t seem to care where he might have to go to get it.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Jeremy Lamb

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After an encouraging second season, Jeremy Lamb reverted to a bench role for most of his third season. What happens next in his career is up to him. But most say he’s got the talent and work ethic to be a good player.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb by the numbers

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb didn’t get much of a chance in his third season with the Thunder. The team’s injury-ravaged roster was dependent on him in the first two months. But it was downhill from there.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb was on a short leash this season. He fell out of the regular rotation for good by mid-December. He wasn’t bad when given the opportunity. But those opportunities came early and dried up quick.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: Russell Westbrook report card

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Point guard was better than he’s ever been in 2014-15, setting career highs in several statistical categories

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: Russell Westbrook by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had a career year while carrying the load with Kevin Durant sidelined.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 4:40 PM 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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