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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's latest draft class?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 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.

  • Pick-by-pick thoughts on the first round of the NBA Draft

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    I say this every year, but the NBA Draft is so much better than the NFL Draft. Yet the latter receives months and months of buildup, multiple days of coverage and an insane amount of attention. It never lives up to the hype. The NBA Draft rarely disappoints. I thought NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s first […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder selects Michigan power forward Mitch McGary, Stanford small forward Josh Huestis

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    McGary is a 6-foot-10, 255-pound power forward whose draft stock soared after a surprising freshman season in which he helped Michigan to the NCAA title game. But he returned for a sophomore season with the Wolverines despite being considered a top 10 pick in last year’s draft only to battle back injuries and ultimately miss the majority of the season following back surgery.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry is talking NBA Draft on the Power Lunch chat today. What will the Thunder do tonight with two first-round picks? Ask Mayberry at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder GM Sam Presti 'wouldn't rule out anything' during NBA Draft

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    That includes trading one or both first-round picks for future assets, something Presti has done only once on draft night during his tenure.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder has a history of finding steals late in the first round

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Armed with two selections in the bottom third of the first round of the NBA Draft, can the Thunder again come away with another steal?

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should OKC do in the NBA Draft?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 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.

  • OKC Thunder's big night comes Thursday: The NBA Draft

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Nine players on this year’s roster were drafted by the franchise or acquired via trade on draft night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Collison's knee surgery could explain the dip in his numbers this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Nick Collison, who will turn 34 prior to the start of next season, averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocked shots in 16.7 minutes, all career lows. Though he appeared in 81 games for the second straight season, Collison’s minutes per game dipped for the third straight year and plummeted to just 10.8 during the postseason.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka should be a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year next season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Thunder found out just how much it missed its most electric interior defender during the Western Conference finals series vs. San Antonio.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report Card on Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Rebounding: A. Ibaka ranked 10th among power forwards with a career-high 8.8-rebound average this season, up from 7.7 a year ago. As an offensive rebounder, Ibaka’s 2.8 boards per game ranked him sixth. His total rebound percentage (14.9), meanwhile, tied him with Blake Griffin, according to nba.com/stats. Ibaka was dominant in November, with a 10.4-rebound average, and finished strong, pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game in April. And he was rock steady from January through March. Shooting: B. A little bit of a mixed bag here. Ibaka again flaunted an improved 3-point shot, which was an encouraging development. He made a career-high 23 3-pointers this season while shooting 38.3 percent from that distance. Oddly enough, though, he

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    BY THE NUMBERS 2: Games missed in the Western Conference Finals due to a calf injury. 3: Regular season games missed out of 312 since the start of the 2010-11 season. 8.8: Rebounds per game, a career high. 15.1: Points per game, a career high. 23: Made 3-pointers, a career high and three more than Ibaka made last season. Ibaka was 2-for-6 from 3-point range in his first three seasons. He’s 43-for-117 in his last two seasons. 85: Assists, a career high. Ibaka’s previous career high was 43 assists, which he did last season. 219: Total blocks, the fourth consecutive season that Ibaka led the league in that category.

  • Thunder chat: Darnell Mayberry talks trade scenarios, starting lineups and CJ Miles

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry was on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday, talking Thunder offseason and potential additions to the roster. Here's the full transcript:

  • OKC Thunder: What's next for Kevin Durant?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Coming off an MVP season and a loss in the conference finals to the eventual NBA champs, Durant acknowledges that he ‘always can be better.’

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Kevin Durant's 2013-14 season.

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Scoring: A. No surprise here. Durant is the best scorer on the planet. His 32-point scoring average this season was a career high and earned him his fourth scoring title in five seasons. But it was also the efficiency with which Durant scored. Despite needing to assume more responsibility while Russell Westbrook healed from knee surgeries, Durant’s career-high 20.8 average shot attempts barely budged his accuracy. He still shot 50.3 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 87.3 percent from the foul line. Playmaking: A. One of the best aspects of Durant’s season was he didn’t try to do it all himself. He continued to set up his teammates with the pass. He averaged a career-high 5.




Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:54:15 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Updated story on the Thabeet trade, which was more about roster/financial flexibility than the trade exception: http://…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 21 2014 11:50:27 PM CST @TGF97 Yes
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 07:07:21 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:17:19 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping later today.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:59:16 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Ready to talk #okcthunder? Join @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:32:38 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Log on at 11 a.m. and join #okcthunder writer @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:51:24 PM CST @OhMyGolie Nothing has changed.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 17 2014 02:25:12 PM CST @OhMyGolie Tell me how you really feel.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:17:18 PM CST Think he got this before KD won the MVP or nah? LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:03:56 PM CST RT @dcsportsbog: Obviously someone has a Durant Redskins jersey LINK (via @BSposa)
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 14 2014 01:11:35 PM CST Single-game tickets for all Thunder home games in 2014-15 will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:00 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 06:35:30 PM CST @Letsgocubs13 LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:56:12 PM CST RT @johnschuhmann: Wow. Thunder go from Portland to L.A. to OKC to Brooklyn to Toronto in the first 7 days of the season. Incredible.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:36:20 PM CST @LifeofJuanTwo At Houston on the 15th, home against Golden State on the 16th.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:30:37 PM CST Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to OKC only once this season, Tuesday, March 24.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:17 PM CST Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will make his NBA debut with Boston in OKC on Wednesday, March 18.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:01 PM CST @ryanwoods_ Doubt it. Was thinking about that the other day. But don't expect something better.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:11:55 PM CST Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the game.