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: 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: What they're saying about Russell Westbrook

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Point guard’s all-around dominance drew praise from teammates, opposing players and opposing coaches.

  • Russell Westbrook transformed into a capable leader during difficult season for the Thunder

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

    The defining moment that set the stage for Russell Westbrook’s sensational season took place in Tulsa, on an obscure October night, in an otherwise uneventful exhibition game inside the BOK Center. You had to be there to see it. And if you blinked, or had seats in the nosebleeds, you probably missed it. It was Westbrook at his worst. After missing a driving layup midway through the third quarter, Westbrook fell to the floor and sat directly in front of the stanchion, waiting for a foul call that wouldn’t come. The Thunder, meanwhile, was playing 4-on-5 after Steven Adams snatched the offensive rebound. And as Westbrook sat there, a teammate from the bench shouted something in his direction. “Shut the

  • Thunder again set to participate in Orlando Pro Summer League

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Thunder will play a five-game schedule in the this year’s Orlando Pro Summer League, which will run from July 4-10 . Oklahoma City will be joined by Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn, Memphis and host Orlando, which will enter two teams in the field. The Thunder opens summer league play […]

  • Rapper Lil B goes from hounding Kevin Durant to putting James Harden on notice

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    You remember Lil B? The rapper who over the past several seasons has engaged in a comical internet beef with Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a beef in which the rapper supposedly put a curse on KD? Well, he’s back. Now the rapper has sent out a warning to Houston guard James Harden that he could […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to pick 14th after NBA Draft Lottery

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City remained in the 14th slot after the NBA Draft Lottery determined the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams on Tuesday night.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow was magnificent for much of the season as a sharpshooter off the bench. He played the third most minutes of any season in his career, but he was so good he left most wondering why he didn’t play more.

  • OKC Thunder: What Anthony Morrow's coaches and teammates have to say about him

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow’s reputation precedes him. He’s known throughout the NBA as being one of the best shooters in the league. Nobody knows better than those that have played with him and coached him.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:08 PM 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
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 02 2015 05:09:13 PM CST Why Josh Huestis isn't playing, for those asking - https://t.co/WM32XzzadC
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 02 2015 04:51:50 PM CST RT @DylanBuckingham: Here's the Thunder's summer league roster. Games begin Saturday. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 08:45:42 PM CST Why the Kyle Singler deal isn't as bad as you might think - LINK

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