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: Kevin Durant by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    1: League Most Valuable Player award. Durant took home his first MVP after finishing as the runner-up three times. 2: 50-point games. Durant scored 54 points in a home win over Golden State on Jan. 17 and 51 points in a double-overtime road win at Toronto on March 21. 3: Triple-doubles. 5.5: Assists per game, a career high. 12: Consecutive games of at least 30 points, the longest such scoring streak since Tracy McGrady scored 30 in 14 straight games in 2003. 14: 40-point games. 15: Technical fouls in the regular season, topping last year’s then-career high 12. Durant’s 15 technical fouls were one shy of an automatic one-game suspension and cost him $46,000 this season. 32.0: Points per game,

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 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 - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Who should start at center, Kendrick Perkins or Steven Adams?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kendrick Perkins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Kendrick Perkins' 2013-14 season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins was as steady as they come in the post. He held opponents to 34 percent shooting in the post and 25.9 percent shooting on isolations, according to Synergy Sports data.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' season by the numbers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Thunder big man averaged 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins certainly won't be conceding his spot to Steven Adams

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins called this summer the biggest four months of his career. Not only is Steven Adams breathing down his neck for his job, but Perkins also is entering the final year of his contract.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's Steven Adams' ceiling in the NBA?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Steven Adams:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Perry Jones III's 2013-14 season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    His 3-point shooting was great. His mid-range game needs work. But the tools appear to be there.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III still searching for his niche after two seasons

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks called Perry Jones the team’s utility defender this season. With great size, length and foot speed, Jones has been labeled the best athlete on the team. But he’s had trouble turning his world-class athleticism into a singular skill.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Perry Jones III averaged 12.3 minutes per game for OKC this season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Perry Jones III fit in next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.

  • What will make a successful summer for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    I took to Twitter on Thursday, as I frequently tend to do, and posed a question to Thunder fans. It was simple but perhaps significant. Shumpert or C.J. Miles? Who would you prefer on the Thunder next year? Iman Shumpert won in a landslide, garnering 43 of 54 votes by the time I closed my […]

  • OKC Thunder: Taking stock of Reggie Jackson's season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson: 1. Reggie Jackson's third season in the NBA was ... Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) — Eventful. He went from starting point guard to sixth man to starting point guard to sixth man to starting shooting guard. He had ups and downs along the journey, but in staying humble in his successes and focused in his struggles, he revealed a lot about who he is and where he is going in this league. Can’t wait to see what he does next year, when he should finally find comfort in his fourth season. Anthony Slater (beat writer) — A roller coaster. A few weeks in, Jackson was already being pumped as the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

  • Who are 13 players Sam Presti and the Thunder could target with their trade exception?

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Thunder has a trade exception that expires one month from today, which means that over the next 30 days general manager Sam Presti probably will be glued to the phones, picking the brains of opposing GMs to see exactly what’s out there. Oklahoma City acquired a $6.6 million trade exception last summer when it […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Promising Caron Butler signing ends in disappointment in playoffs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Caron Butler struggled so much in the postseason that by the time the Thunder faced elimination in Game 6 against San Antonio, he was benched in the biggest game of the year. Butler didn’t play a second. It was a disappointing end to a signing that initially had seemed so promising.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Caron Butler's season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Grading Caron Butler’s 2013-14 season with the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma City: Caron Butler's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Taking a look inside the numbers of Caron Butler’s season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Was Caron Butler the right choice for OKC, and will he be back?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    THUNDER ROUNDTABLE — The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Caron Butler.




Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:54:15 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Updated story on the Thabeet trade, which was more about roster/financial flexibility than the trade exception: http://…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 21 2014 11:50:27 PM CST @TGF97 Yes
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.