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.

  • Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants to put on a poster, and that […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler roundtable discussion

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Kyle Singler. What’s one thing you liked about Kyle Singler’s game and one thing that made you scratch your head? Darnell Mayberry, beat writer: I liked that he played the game the right way. He wasn’t always effective. In fact, he rarely was effective in his brief stint with the Thunder. But you never could question his effort, his motives or his instincts. And the fundamentals that so many have praised him for were evident. He didn’t take bad shots. He made the extra pass. He understood proper spacing, positioning and timing on both ends. The problem was there were large stretches where most of those “little things” didn’t really make a ripple. That was

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler's season report card

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Kyle Singler’s season with the Thunder got off to a slow start. But he finished fairly strong. His inconsistency and overall lack of quality production, however, can’t be ignored when grading his time in a Thunder uniform. C+ 3-point shooting: Singler got off to a slow start upon his arrival, making 10 of 30 from long range in his first 15 games with the Thunder. But then he found his rhythm and made nine of 19 over the next eight contests and looked like the 3-point shooting threat OKC acquired. Singler finished the season at 37 percent, a respectable clip from deep. Still, that fell short of the 38.2 percent he connected on last season and the 40.6 percent he hit in 54 games with

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler makes mark in final eight starts

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    When Kyle Singler walked into Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on the morning of Feb. 21, he walked into a new world. That morning shootaround was the first time he took the court with his new team, and moments before the session began former Thunder coach Scott Brooks pulled Singler aside and informed him that he’d be starting in place of the injured Kevin Durant. Singler hadn’t had a single practice. Hadn’t even met all of his new teammates. But there he was, charged with the unenviable task of filling in for last year’s MVP on his first day on the job. “It was challenging,” Singler remembered. Not just that first day. Those first few weeks.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler by the numbers

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Despite landing a starting role immediately on an injury-plagued team, Kyle Singler’s statistical production plummeted to career -low levels in OKC. Here’s a look at what he did in a Thunder uniform. 0.7: Assists per game. 2.1: Rebounds per game 3.7: Points per game. 4.3: Fouls per 36 minutes. 17.5: Minutes per game, a career low. 26: Games played with OKC, including 18 starts. 33.3: Field goal percentage. 37.0: 3-point shooting percentage. 68.8: Free throw shooting percentage. 110.9: Points allowed per 100 possessions with Singler on the floor. Players shot 52.4 percent against Singler, eight percentage points higher than their

  • Thunder season review: What they're saying about Kyle Singler

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    What they’re saying about Thunder forward Kyle Singler. Thunder guard D.J. Augustin — “Kyle’s the type of guy…that he can go a game without playing at all and be thrown in the next game and play well. That’s hard to do. That’s really hard to do on this level. And I respect a guy like that.” Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks — “He knows how to play. He has a very high IQ. He obviously was with a great program in college (at Duke)…And he gives you everything he has. That’s what you like with players.” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — “He’s a solid team player and often it doesn’t show up in stats.

  • The best question teams are asking at the NBA Draft Combine

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    It’s far from the zoo that is the NFL scouting combine, because it has far less silliness. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a level of absurdity being conducted at the NBA Draft Combine. With teams potentially about to make multimillion dollar investments, they want to know everything they possibly can about each player. As […]

  • Report: Thunder targeting fired Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistant coach

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Recently fired New Orleans coach Monty Williams reportedly is among a select group of candidates Thunder coach Billy Donovan has targeted to join him on the bench in Oklahoma City. A Yahoo! Sports report said Williams was one of several “ambitious” former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Kevin Durant's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 season:

  • Thunder showed interest in point guards and shooters at the NBA Draft Combine

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Point guards and shooters garnered much of the Thunder’s attention in Chicago this week at the NBA Draft Combine as the team prepares for the June 25 draft. More than half of the team’s allotted one-on-one interviews were done with that group of players. Oklahoma City conducted individual interviews with Arizona shooting guard Stanley Johnson, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Will OKC hold onto 'glue guy' Steve Novak

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    STEVE NOVAK — He was a throw in for the megatrade that brought Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City. From all reports, however, his influence is even greater than his shooting range.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steve Novak report card

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The grades are in for Steve Novak, who didn’t enroll in Oklahoma City until late in the season and even then didn’t get many opportunities

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What the Thunder should do with Steve Novak

    From The Oklahoman Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    What should the Thunder do with Steve Novak this summer? Darnell Mayberry, beat writer: Try to unload him. He’s a great option to have on the bench, don’t get me wrong. And nobody has been more vocal about this team needing more perimeter shooters than me. But the Thunder’s roster no longer can accommodate such a one-trick pony. Josh Huestis was promised a spot on next year’s roster, and the Thunder has the 14th overall selection in the draft. That’s two roster spots that the Thunder doesn’t have. Two players will have to go. The Thunder would be wise to make Novak one of them and not Jeremy Lamb. Anthony Slater, beat writer: Unload him if someone will take him and the roster spot is needed.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steve Novak's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Steve Novak’s season was over before it ever really started with the Thunder. He was primarily the 15th man, and his statistics showed it. 1.2: Points per game as a member of the Thunder. 7: Games missed due to an appendectomy after joining the Thunder. 13: Games played with the Thunder after arriving in a trade deadline deal. 20.0: Percent 3-point shooting in 13 games with the Thunder. Novak went 3-for-15 from long distance. 28.6: Percent shooting with the Thunder. Novak went 6-for-21 from the field. 88: Minutes played with the Thunder. 124.0: Defensive rating with the Thunder, ranking him second to last behind only Grant Jerrett (124.2).

  • Former Sooners forward TaShawn Thomas reflects on time at OU, looks ahead to pro career

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Former OU forward TaShawn Thomas is in Chicago taking part in the this year’s NBA Draft Combine with hopes of showing teams he’s worthy of a selection in next month’s draft. Thomas, who averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in his lone season with the Sooners, scored eight points with six rebounds and three assists […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Enes Kanter's 2014-15 season

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, breaking down Enes Kanter’s 2014-15 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Can Andre Roberson be the best defender in the NBA?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    In just his second season, Roberson quietly made tremendous strides toward turning a bold statement into an undeniable reality. His production proved as much.

  • Thunder Girls open auditions scheduled for July 25

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    The Thunder will host an open audition for the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team on Saturday, July 25, at the Blue Development Center in Edmond. Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. and are open to participants only. To prepare for the audition, 12 optional prep classes will be held from May to July. Each 90-minute […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: By the numbers for Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Stats aren’t really Andre Roberson’s thing. His impact often doesn’t show up across the stat sheet. But here’s a look at his season in numbers.

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
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 07:44:07 PM CST @zk2324 Spurs to me
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 07:05:30 PM CST @BMlDD Better hope he learns to defend.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 07:02:36 PM CST @BMlDD Might happen with Kanter depending on what coach Donovan decides.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 07:01:57 PM CST @Brettadiah Jackson. And it's not close. But it's also not a fair question. Payne's a rook.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 07:00:51 PM CST @BiGbAdBeNyO You're worth what someone is willing to pay you.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 06:52:56 PM CST Last re-tweet is what the Thunder tried to do with Reggie Jackson. Would have seemed like a lot then but looked incredibly smart now.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 06:52:13 PM CST RT @rick_bonnell: When you see what players are getting paid today, @hornets did right thing extending Kemba at $12 million per season.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 05:36:26 PM CST @okczoo Haha. I need to come see them soon.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 05:33:40 PM CST The Grizzlies are having a great summer.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 05:33:16 PM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Free agent forward Brandan Wright has agreed to a three-year, nearly $18M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources …
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:25:42 PM CST @landon_cramer @geremy_smith @JonMHamm Russell Westbrook: "The ball is my only friend."
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:23:48 PM CST @Treed_OKC They met today. I anticipate we'll hear something soon.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:22:53 PM CST @xtopher2012 @geremy_smith Exactly!
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:21:28 PM CST Don't blame him. He's about winning, not making friends. RT @geremy_smith @DarnellMayberry he doesn't value friendship and camaraderie
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:16:36 PM CST I wish Kobe was still good enough to make everybody pay for not wanting to play with him. That would be fun.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 01 2015 04:14:18 PM CST Remember this? - Bucks’ Jared Dudley: “Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe” LINK via @basketballtalk