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


  • Q&A: Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel knows he still has a long road ahead

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The former Kentucky forward was selected sixth overall by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft but missed the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary makes his presence known immediately in summer league

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    On his first possession in the Thunder’s 84-63 loss to Memphis on the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan inbounded the ball from the sideline, just past halfcourt, by tossing a pinpoint lob pass to Jeremy Lamb, who finished the play with a two-handed dunk.

  • Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.

  • OKC Thunder adds Darko Rajakovic to coaching staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The Thunder has added Darko Rajakovic to its coaching staff as an assistant, the team announced Saturday. Rajakovic, a Serbia native, previously coached the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers, becoming the first head coach in NBA D-League history born outside of North America. He guided the 66ers to a 51-49 record over the past two seasons. Rajakovic becomes the third 66ers coach to be called up to an NBA team. He joins Dale Osbourne and Nate Tibbets. Osbourne and Tibbets joined Portland as assistant coaches in 2012 and 2013, respectively. “This is a huge honor for me,” said Rajakovic, who is coaching the Thunder’s summer league team. “I really appreciate the opportunity that the team and coach (Scott) Brooks and Sam

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Breaking down the summer league roster

    darnell mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    A quick look at the Thunder’s summer league roster. Player; Pos.; Ht.; Weight; School Steven Adams; C; 7-0; 255; Pittsburgh The 12th overall pick by the Thunder in 2013. Exceeded all expectations as a rookie. Potential starting center next season. Semaj Christon; G; 6-3; 190; Xavier The 55th overall pick in this year’s draft. Acquired by the Thunder via trade. Athletic point guard but viewed as a project. Fuquan Edwin; G/F; 6-6; 215; Seton Hall Rangy defender who possesses great quickness, anticipation and high intensity. Wowed the Thunder in multiple pre-draft workouts. Josh Huestis; F; 6-7; 230; Stanford The 29th overall pick in this year’s draft. Lauded as a defender who can

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What to watch for with OKC's main summer league players

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    As many as seven players on the Thunder’s summer league roster could be wearing Thunder jerseys next season. So as the week unfolds, here is what you should be watching from the Thunder’s main summer league players.

  • OKC Thunder: Three reasons the Thunder is adding Sebastian Telfair

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    The Thunder has agreed to a one-year, minimum contract with Sebastian Telfair, a 6-foot point guard and nine-year NBA veteran who played last season in China. Here are three reasons why the Thunder is bringing in the 29-year-old former lottery pick. Depth. The departure of Derek Fisher has left a need for a third point guard. The Thunder historically has preferred veterans in that role, whether for leadership purposes or to have a trustworthy and steady hand to call on in emergency situations. Telfair will backup starter Russell Westbrook and sixth man Reggie Jackson. Unless Jackson is named the starting shooting guard, Telfair doesn’t figure to play much as the third-string point guard.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha 'feels great' about deal with Atlanta Hawks

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha confirmed on Thursday that a breakup that had long been anticipated is now official.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to add veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Looking to add depth and experience at the lead guard position following the departure of Derek Fisher, the Thunder has agreed to terms with veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair. Telfair, 29, was the 13th overall pick in 2004. He’s played for seven teams in nine seasons but spent last season in China. In 548 career […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reports say Thunder leads Pau Gasol sweepstakes

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    The addition of Gasol to the Thunder lineup might mean the end of Kendrick Perkins in OKC.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson remains Thunder's top priority

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    It can be argued that keeping Jackson in the mix and happy going forward is more pivotal than any personnel addition Oklahoma City can make during free agency.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Is the Thunder looking at Vince Carter and Pau Gasol for help in free agency? Talk about the Thunder offseason with Darnell Mayberry at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Report: Oklahoma City Thunder considering free agent guard Vince Carter

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The Thunder might have its sights set on a specific shooting guard among the bunch in this year’s free agent class. Veteran guard Vince Carter reportedly will attract several suitors as free agency gets underway Tuesday, and the Thunder is said to be one of them. Oklahoma City is expected to be joined by Miami, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How should Sam Presti and the Thunder attack free agency?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Tibor Pleiss not expected to join Thunder for 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Pleiss, a 7-foot-1 center who was the 32nd overall pick in 2010, likely will remain overseas for at least one more season. It’s not out of the question that the Thunder might pursue Pleiss as the summer progresses, but it is currently a remote possibility given the team’s current roster structure.

  • Remember the Thunder’s trade exception

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Don’t forget about the Thunder’s trade exception. It could be a major piece in the team’s offseason plans. Oklahoma City acquired a $6.6 million trade exception last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota. It can only be used to acquire players via trade, but it might be how the Thunder chooses to upgrade its roster this summer. The exception expires July 11. The drawback to using the exception is the Thunder would have to send out something, even if it’s a meager second-round pick. In free agency, the Thunder wouldn’t have to relinquish anything. That might be reason enough for the Thunder to allow the exception to expire.

  • Thunder needs help in free agency

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    After last week’s NBA Draft left more to be desired, the Thunder’s next chance to make this offseason a success arrives Tuesday. Free agency gets underway at midnight eastern time, and Oklahoma City is expected to use this period to finalize improvements to its 2014-15 roster. The Thunder doesn’t have much money to spend or room on its roster for major additions. But OKC does need a starting shooting guard and a third point guard. When the team passed on both of those needs with its two first-round selections in last Thursday’s draft, it became clear that the plan was to target them in free agency. Everyone has a favorite name, be it a realistic option or a fantasy.

  • Ranking the NBA free agent tiers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    LeBron James 2013-14 stats: 27.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.6 spg. Comment: All eyes will be on LeBron. Most don’t think he’ll leave Miami. But most didn’t think he’d leave Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony 2013-14 stats: 27.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg. Comment: The second biggest fish in free agency. It seems he’ll either stay in New York or join Derrick Rose in Chicago. Dwyane Wade 2013-14 stats: 19 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 spg. Comment: At 32 and with an achy knee, Wade wouldn’t have terminated his contract if he wasn’t certain he’d be taken care of. No chance he leaves Miami. Chris Bosh 2013-14 stats: 16.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg.

  • Key dates in free agency

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Tuesday: Teams can begin negotiating and agreeing to terms with free agents. July 1-9: Moratorium on free-agent signings and trades. July 10: Teams can begin signing players. July 10-16: Players can be released under the league’s amnesty provision. July 11: The Thunder’s $6.6 million trade exception expires. Oct. 31: Last day rookie scale contracts can be extended.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder places its trust in No. 1 pick Mitch McGary

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    In the spring, while his Michigan teammates were competing in the NCAA Tournament, an injured McGary tested positive for marijuana. Both issues, as far as we know, are foreign to the Thunder.




Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:58:43 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: With Anthony Morrow, OKC completes its checklist of ofseason needs LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 01:52:30 PM CST Story: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with the Thunder. Deal could pay up to $10 million over three years- LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 12:28:15 PM CST Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing. Story coming soon.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:45:38 AM CST LeBron James is returning to Cleveland — but he never really left LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:39:06 AM CST @YucatanTacosOKC No. The plan is to re-sign him. No need to trade him right now.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:36:15 AM CST @MarkBruty I think it's within reason to expect they add a shooter.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:34:13 AM CST @ob1_a Not much. I don't think the negotiation was going to start at less than $7 million before that deal. So it changes nothing.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:08:41 AM CST @cspritchard Pelicans scooped him up yesterday.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:05:48 AM CST @jlshottenkirk Thank you.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:56:29 PM CST RT @espn_macmahon: I thought OKC would have been a great fit for Vince Carter. He would have been well worth $4M per for the Thunder.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:56:23 PM CST RT @Caplan_NBA: Big pickup for Grizz, who are desperate for 3-point shooting. Really believed OKC should have pursued Carter hard.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 10:50:22 PM CST After this Vince deal, it seems like free agents aren't even picking up the phone unless you're starting at $4 million per.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:21:29 PM CST That's not Thunder kool-aid. That's truth. With or without Pau Gasol or Mike Miller or Anthony Morrow or whoever, OKC is still a problem.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:20:48 PM CST Remember this as well. All the teams making moves this summer still have to deal with two things: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:18:54 PM CST I don't know. But if L.A. had to choose b/ween Boozer/Perk... RT @kfsooners @DarnellMayberry was perk ever offered as part of S&T for pau ?
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:16:16 PM CST But if it doesn't work, OKC is still confident in what it has. That's important to remember. That and there's still only $5.3 million avail.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:14:39 PM CST As we've seen, OKC did everything it could do to get Gasol. He's the type of talent that rarely is available, especially at a discount.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:12:23 PM CST And if you're asking OKC's "plan B," I don't have any reason to believe there is one. Gasol was getting every ounce of OKC's attention.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:11:16 PM CST And if you're asking the OKC's "plan B," I don't have any reason to believe there is one. Gasol was getting every ounce of OKC's attention.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:08:23 PM CST For those asking if the first re-tweet was credible, an unquestioned credible media member is reporting the same in my last re-tweet.