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: OKC Thunder guard Semaj Christon

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Semaj Christon was selected with the 55th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. After a series of trades, he eventually landed with the Thunder. It’s unlikely that Christon will join the Thunder next season. But he’s making his best case this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: For those of us who didn’t get to see you much in college, can you describe your game to us? A: Physical guard. Like to get in the paint. Try to kick out most of the time for my players to hit open shots. And (I) can guard, can defend. Would it be accurate to say that you’re kind of a score-first point guard more than a pass-first point guard? Nah, if I get in there and I’m open I shoot it. If I’m not, I pass it. You

  • Q&A: Miami guard Shabazz Napier

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Shabazz Napier won two national championships at Connecticut, capturing one as a freshman and another as a senior this past season. He went on to become the 24th pick by Charlotte in this year’s NBA Draft but was traded on draft night to Miami. Napier is now looking to learn the NBA game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: What’s it like to go from national championship game to your next competitive game is summer league? A: That’s the biggest thing. I haven’t played competitively. I’m with a new team, and it’s kind of tough because I have to understand my teammates on the fly.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary shows ball-handling skills in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Mitch McGary has impressed as much with his ball-handling and passing at the Orlando Pro Summer League as he has with his rebounding and hustle. It’s become one of the biggest surprises surrounding the 21st overall pick out of Michigan. On several possessions, McGary has pulled down defensive rebounds and initiated the fast break not with an outlet pass but by pushing the ball himself in transition. On occasion, he’s kept it the entire way, penetrating the painted area and dumping off to a fellow big man or kicking it out to shooters.

  • OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb hopes to use summer league as a springboard

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Thunder guard working on his game, not knowing what his role will be in his third NBA season.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who has impressed you in summer league?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Darnell Mayberry is talking Thunder live from Orlando at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat. Questions about Summer League, free agency or potential trades? Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks reportedly meets with Pau Gasol

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    ESPN.com reported late Monday night that Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with free agent Pau Gasol on Monday as part of the team’s continuing efforts to recruit the former Lakers center to Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones playing with confidence, aggressiveness in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Perry Jones got the night off in the Thunder’s 98-84 win over Brooklyn on Monday, but he showed enough in those first two days to make you think his motor might no longer be a concern.

  • Q&A with Brooklyn Nets' Markel Brown: Former Oklahoma State standout off and running at summer league

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was selected 44th overall in this year’s NBA Draft, and after a series of trades eventually landed with the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA career is off to a good start after a couple of promising performances in the Orlando Pro Summer League. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about his memories of draft night and his experiences thus far in the NBA. Q: Take us back to draft night. When you heard your name, where were you and what was that feeling like? A: I was actually at my aunt’s house back in Louisiana with a select few of my family members. The moment hearing my name called, it was so surreal.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With free agents in a holding pattern, OKC may choose to stick with Andre Roberson

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The Thunder is not just turning down free agents because of costs. Oklahoma City also is content with passing up players because it is comfortable with what it has. Andre Roberson is made in the same mold as Sefolosha, long, athletic, gritty and defensive-minded.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams getting work from the low block

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Steven Adams could return to Oklahoma City with a new weapon. A back-to-the basket game.

  • 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 […]




Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 05:35:25 PM CST RT @basketballtalk: Players union approves of Thunder’s Josh Huestis arrangement LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:59:09 PM CST Thanks to Don W. for the suggestion.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:52:17 PM CST "Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity accompanied by THUNDER that occurs during an electric storm." -- LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:48:16 PM CST Got an email suggestion for the Thunder to rename the Tulsa 66ers the Oklahoma City Lightning...I love it!
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 22 2014 11:43:40 PM CST RT @SportsCenter: 18-year-old Stephen won’t let Leukemia get in the way of his dream to be a Michigan Wolverine recruit. #MyWish » LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:50:58 PM CST @DAustinD And if everyone thinks as you do, I wouldn't get so many people, players and team employees included, saying I'm too hard on them.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:48:16 PM CST @DAustinD The same is happening throughout the country. We try out best, but fewer hands and eyes make the job tougher.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:45:56 PM CST @DAustinD Mistakes happen to us all. Newspaper business is no different. And it's not an excuse, but fewer people are putting out the paper.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:34:19 PM CST @DAustinD It was an oversight. And I'm going to be straight up with you. Anyone who thinks that's what we do is a natural born idiot.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:08:32 PM CST @DAustinD Was on our site the day it surfaced - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 05:26:37 PM CST From a team release: "The Thunder wishes Grant well and will immediately begin the process of finding his replacement."
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 05:20:19 PM CST Thunder TV analyst Grant Long has informed the Thunder that he has resigned his position and will not return to FOX Sports Oklahoma.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 09:02:06 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: From @darnellmayberry: New Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic has been a coach since age 16. Now he's in the NBA: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 03:00:11 PM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: A must reader for Thunder/NBA fans. Great stuff by @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 12:58:50 PM CST Boo that man!!! https://t.co/3nVsBRv4te
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 12:53:18 PM CST It's all about doing things in a classy manner...unless the winner says he's a fan of Manchester United.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 19 2014 10:11:51 PM CST To be clear, as the story says, Huestis would become the first first-rounder to be a domestic draft-and-stash player.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 19 2014 09:33:34 PM CST Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:37:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: BREAKING NEWS: Tulsa 66ers moving to Oklahoma City (via @darnellmayberry): LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:36:43 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Story from @darnellmayberry on #OKCThunder's D-League franchise's move to OKC from Tulsa LINK