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: 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: 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: 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 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.




Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 01 2015 06:36:18 PM CST Former Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker will workout for the Thunder on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 07:20:33 PM CST If you've got DVR, rewind and watch that anthem on mute. I guarantee you that was the scariest looking national anthem ever. lol
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 06:33:06 PM CST RT @ESPNSteinLine: ESPN sources say the New Orleans Pelicans have chosen Alvin Gentry as their new head coach
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 03:47:29 PM CST @JoshofIsh I don't think they've got the available minutes necessary to take on another vet.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 03:15:10 PM CST @JoshofIsh a lot of work and a good amount of time in order to reach his ceiling. For all those reasons, I'd be leery of picking him 14th.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 03:14:16 PM CST @JoshofIsh way better athletes he'd be asked to defend, I question his ability to make the leap. Not saying he can't. Just think he needs
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 03:13:30 PM CST @JoshofIsh I agree. But his 3-point shooting stood out only in his last season. So b/ween a small sample size, the NBA arc being farther and
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 03:01:51 PM CST @JoshofIsh I think he has potential, especially defensively, but needs a lot of work offensively to reach his ceiling; 14 could be too high.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 30 2015 02:57:13 PM CST @JoshofIsh I like him OK. But I don't think he's needed for this team, especially if you have to take him with the 14th pick.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 07:53:24 PM CST Questions and answers with Murray State point guard, reported Thunder target Cameron Payne LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 05:01:43 PM CST @ExtremeThunderF I know you were.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:59:26 PM CST @ExtremeThunderF All of them. :)
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:45:19 PM CST @ThunderMob405 That has more to do with this team's strengths and needs and not him.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:44:35 PM CST @ThunderMob405 Wouldn't be my first choice. Maybe not my second or third either.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:42:15 PM CST @ThunderMob405 Group session that I was in.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:37:52 PM CST Cameron Payne: "I never let anybody tell me I can't do something." -- LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:34:39 PM CST @ErikHorneOK @jacobunruh More than a month away.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:32:51 PM CST @jacobunruh @ErikHorneOK 14-11
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:32:09 PM CST @jacobunruh @ErikHorneOK Fellas. I was joking. Get back to work. lol
Darnell Mayberry Thu, May. 28 2015 04:27:09 PM CST Questions and answers with Murray State point guard Cameron Payne LINK

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