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 draft preview: The Frank Kaminsky File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    THE FRANK KAMINSKY FILE Position: Power forward School: Wisconsin Height: 7-0 Weight: 231 Birthdate: April 4, 1993 Hometown: Lisle, Ill. 2014-15 stats: 18.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.5 bpg .547 FG, .416 3PT .780 FT Strengths: Has excellent size. Terrific shooter. Has a soft touch. Can play inside and out. High basketball IQ. Efficient. Mobile. Good passer. Good ball-handler. Great with the pump fake. Doesn’t make many mistakes. Unselfish. Weaknesses: Questionable defender. Lacks length. Not a great athlete. Doesn’t have much explosion. Has trouble finishing over longer, more athletic players. Needs to get stronger.

  • OKC Thunder: Age is nothing but a number to National College Player of the Year, potential Thunder draft target Frank Kaminsky

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    If Kaminsky is still available at the 14th pick in next week’s NBA Draft, the Thunder could be the team that takes him. He’d offer an intriguing inside-outside attack that OKC has never had.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder draft preview: The Sam Dekker File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    THE SAM DEKKER FILE Position: Small forward School: Wisconsin Height: 6-9 Weight: 219 Birthdate: May 8, 1994 Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisc. 2014-15 stats: 13.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.5 spg, .525 FG, .331 3PT .708 FT Strengths: Prototypical size for his position. Great athlete. Good agility. Versatile. Can play multiple positions offensively. Can guard multiple positions defensively. Tough competitor. Efficient offensive player. Weaknesses: Inconsistent shooter. Doesn’t create much offense. Could be caught in between positions at the next level. Average ball-handler. How he could help the Thunder: Dekker might be everything the Thunder thought it was getting in Kyle Singler last

  • Former Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker fits the Sam Presti profile

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

           Sam Dekker fits the Sam Presti profile.      He’s long. He’s athletic. He’s versatile.      There’s just one thing that could keep the Thunder general manager from selecting the former Wisconsin standout small forward with the 14th overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft.      Kyle Singler.      Presti and the Thunder might already feel it has its version of Dekker in Singler, who OKC is hoping to re-sign as a restricted free agent this summer.      Then again, maybe the Thunder views Dekker as a potential better version of Singler, and a better value, too.      Dekker has drawn comparisons to Utah forward Gordon Hayward, a comparison Dekker embraces.

  • Versatility could make former Kentucky forward, possible Thunder draft target Trey Lyles a major problem

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    He’s a rare breed, a player who mixes size with skills and smarts.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Trey Lyles File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    THE TREY LYLES FILE Position: Power forward School: Kentucky Height: 6-10 Weight: 241 Birthdate: Nov. 5, 1995 Hometown: Saskatoon, Canada 2014-15 stats: 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.5 spg, .488 FG, .138 3PT .735 FT Strengths: Prototypical size for his position. Has great length. Good agility. Good rebounder. Finishes strong at the rim with dunks. High-level passer. Good feel for the game. Effective mid-range shooter. Great body control. Weaknesses: Average athleticism. Has a light frame. Needs to get stronger. Gets pushed

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Tyus Jones File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Breaking down Tyus Jones' strengths, weaknesses, how he could help the Thunder and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Duke point guard, possible Thunder target Tyus Jones says he's the best pure point guard available in the draft

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    All season, Tyus Jones stepped up on the biggest stage to deliver as the point guard led Duke to the national championship.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Myles Turner has a worker's mentality

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

         When the Milwaukee Bucks interviewed prospects at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, they asked each player to select from a group of 20 predetermined attributes to describe their personalities.      The players were limited to four words that they felt best categorized themselves.      Myles Turner chose loyal, champion, confident and humble.      The selections said a lot about the type of person the former Texas center wants teams to know he is as the 2015 NBA Draft approaches.      “I have a worker’s mentality, and I think that needs to be known,” Turner said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder draft preview: The Myles Turner File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    THE MYLES TURNER FILE Position: Center School: Texas Height: 7-0 Weight: 239 Birthdate: March 24, 1996 Hometown: Bedford, Texas 2014-15 stats: 10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.3 spg, 2.6 bpg, .455 FG, .274 3PT .839 FT Strengths: Has great size and length for his position. Good rebounder. Quality shooter. Can stretch the floor. Elite shot blocker. Has great timing and anticipation. Weaknesses: Below average athleticism. Poor foot speed. Needs to get stronger. Struggles to hold his spot. Gets pushed around. Settles for long jump shots. Poor passer. How he could help the Thunder: Could provide the rare blend of outside shooting and shot-blocking from the big man.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC reportedly interested in drafting Murray State point guard Cameron Payne

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    For the third time in five years, the Thunder is said to have entered into a pre-draft arrangement with a player. In 2011, Oklahoma City reportedly promised Reggie Jackson he would be selected if he was still available when the team made its selection with the 24th overall pick. In 2014, the Thunder arranged a deal with Josh Huestis, telling the former Stanford forward he would be taken 29th overall if he agreed to spend his first season in the D-League. This year, the Thunder is linked to another pre-draft promise.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Cameron Payne File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    THE CAMERON PAYNE FILE Position: Point guard School: Murray State Height: 6-2 Weight: 183 Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1994 Hometown: Bartlett, Ind. 2014-15 stats: 20.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.8 spg, .449 FG, .373 3PT .783 FT Strengths: Good height for his position. Terrific scorer. Has great range. Great playmaker. Exceptional ball-handler. Smart pick and roll player. Crafty. Has a fantastic floater. Willing defender. Plays with great pace. Unselfish. Not afraid of the big moments. Left handed. Weaknesses: Average athleticism. Small

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Devin Booker File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    A look at Devin Booker's strengths, weaknesses, how he could help the Thunder and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Kentucky shooting guard and possible Thunder draft target Devin Booker could be a steal for OKC

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Booker, the former Kentucky shooting guard, is projected to go as high as No. 9 to Charlotte. But if he’s on the board when the Thunder selects 14th, Booker could be the team’s biggest draft-night steal since OKC selected Reggie Jackson 24th overall in 2011.

  • The Bobby Portis File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    THE BOBBY PORTIS FILE Position: Power forward School: Arkansas Height: 6-11 Weight: 246 Birthdate: Feb. 10, 1995 Hometown: Little Rock, Ark. 2014-15 stats: 17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg, .536 FG, .467 3PT .737 FT Strengths: Has ideal size and length for his position. Plays with great energy, especially in the open floor. Moves extremely well at his size. Active defensively. Good shooter from mid-range. Expanding his range out to the 3-point line. Exceptional offensive rebounder. Weaknesses: Inferior athleticism.

  • Energy, effort could make potential Thunder draft target Bobby Portis the perfect glue guy

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The former Arkansas power forward possesses a chiseled 6-foot-11, 245-pound frame but isn’t an explosive athlete. He doesn’t sky for highlight dunks or intimidate with monster blocked shots. He’s a better jump shooter than a low-post scoring threat, making him more of a finesse forward than a power forward. And still, Portis managed to dominate as a sophomore this past season.

  • Toughness, tenacity make former Virginia shooting guard and possible Thunder target Justin Anderson

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Anderson doesn’t just defend, he cherishes the challenge. It’s a mentality that has him on the verge of making his NBA dreams come true, potentially even hearing his name called as early as the 14th pick by the Thunder.

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Justin Anderson File

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    THE JUSTIN ANDERSON FILE Position: Shooting guard School: Virginia Height: 6-6 Weight: 231 Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1993 Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va. 2014-15 stats: 12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.7 spg, .466 FG, .452 3PT .780 FT Strengths: Has an NBA-ready body. Elite athleticism.  Excels in transition. Finishes above the rim. Good defender. Physical player. Draws contact on drives. Plays with great energy and effort. Solid shooter. Weaknesses: Limited as a ball-handler. Doesn’t create much offense for himself or others. Streaky shooter. Good at some of everything but not great at anything.

  • OKC Thunder draft preview: The Rondae Hollis-Jefferson file

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Breaking down potential Thunder draft target Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

  • OKC Thunder: Confidence could turn potential Thunder target Rondae Hollis-Jefferson into elite defender

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    If the Thunder drafted Hollis-Jefferson with the 14th overall pick in the June 25th draft, Oklahoma City wouldn’t be getting just an intriguing player, but the Thunder also would be getting an interesting personality.




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
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.

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