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: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to pick 14th after NBA Draft Lottery

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City remained in the 14th slot after the NBA Draft Lottery determined the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams on Tuesday night.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow was magnificent for much of the season as a sharpshooter off the bench. He played the third most minutes of any season in his career, but he was so good he left most wondering why he didn’t play more.

  • OKC Thunder: What Anthony Morrow's coaches and teammates have to say about him

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow’s reputation precedes him. He’s known throughout the NBA as being one of the best shooters in the league. Nobody knows better than those that have played with him and coached him.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's lofty offseason goal provides a peek into the mind of one of the league's best marksmen

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Morrow easily could be satisfied with what he did in his first season in a Thunder uniform. But he’s not. He wants more.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow is without question the biggest free agent signing in Thunder history. And after the way he performed in his debut season in OKC, he’s ensured that he wasn’t just the biggest but also the best.

  • Russell Westbrook wins season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York City. The Community Assist Award recognizes […]

  • Why would the Thunder re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    They’re the Thunder’s lone two free agents this summer, and they both have flaws sizable enough that some fans wouldn’t mind seeing them gone. Still, the Thunder has expressed its desire to re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, both of whom will be restricted free agents on July 1. Kanter was a double-double machine in […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Odds are against the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    With just a 1.8 percent chance of moving into the top three selections, Oklahoma City has the worst odds for landing one of the coveted first three picks.

  • Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants to put on a poster, and that […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler roundtable discussion

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Kyle Singler. What’s one thing you liked about Kyle Singler’s game and one thing that made you scratch your head? Darnell Mayberry, beat writer: I liked that he played the game the right way. He wasn’t always effective. In fact, he rarely was effective in his brief stint with the Thunder. But you never could question his effort, his motives or his instincts. And the fundamentals that so many have praised him for were evident. He didn’t take bad shots. He made the extra pass. He understood proper spacing, positioning and timing on both ends. The problem was there were large stretches where most of those “little things” didn’t really make a ripple. That was

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler makes mark in final eight starts

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    When Kyle Singler walked into Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on the morning of Feb. 21, he walked into a new world. That morning shootaround was the first time he took the court with his new team, and moments before the session began former Thunder coach Scott Brooks pulled Singler aside and informed him that he’d be starting in place of the injured Kevin Durant. Singler hadn’t had a single practice. Hadn’t even met all of his new teammates. But there he was, charged with the unenviable task of filling in for last year’s MVP on his first day on the job. “It was challenging,” Singler remembered. Not just that first day. Those first few weeks.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler's season report card

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Kyle Singler’s season with the Thunder got off to a slow start. But he finished fairly strong. His inconsistency and overall lack of quality production, however, can’t be ignored when grading his time in a Thunder uniform. C+ 3-point shooting: Singler got off to a slow start upon his arrival, making 10 of 30 from long range in his first 15 games with the Thunder. But then he found his rhythm and made nine of 19 over the next eight contests and looked like the 3-point shooting threat OKC acquired. Singler finished the season at 37 percent, a respectable clip from deep. Still, that fell short of the 38.2 percent he connected on last season and the 40.6 percent he hit in 54 games with

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler by the numbers

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Despite landing a starting role immediately on an injury-plagued team, Kyle Singler’s statistical production plummeted to career -low levels in OKC. Here’s a look at what he did in a Thunder uniform. 0.7: Assists per game. 2.1: Rebounds per game 3.7: Points per game. 4.3: Fouls per 36 minutes. 17.5: Minutes per game, a career low. 26: Games played with OKC, including 18 starts. 33.3: Field goal percentage. 37.0: 3-point shooting percentage. 68.8: Free throw shooting percentage. 110.9: Points allowed per 100 possessions with Singler on the floor. Players shot 52.4 percent against Singler, eight percentage points higher than their

  • Thunder season review: What they're saying about Kyle Singler

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    What they’re saying about Thunder forward Kyle Singler. Thunder guard D.J. Augustin — “Kyle’s the type of guy…that he can go a game without playing at all and be thrown in the next game and play well. That’s hard to do. That’s really hard to do on this level. And I respect a guy like that.” Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks — “He knows how to play. He has a very high IQ. He obviously was with a great program in college (at Duke)…And he gives you everything he has. That’s what you like with players.” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — “He’s a solid team player and often it doesn’t show up in stats.




Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 09:10:11 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: NEW Thunder podcast: @anthonyVslater @DarnellMayberry @BerryTramel on free agency, @campayne LINK http…
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 07:18:54 PM CST RT @RohdeOK: This kid is making friends fast in #OKC. https://t.co/6hhgRwuCSL
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 07:06:36 PM CST Correction: Donovan actually will have four former head coaches on his staff: Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams, Anthony Grant & Darko Rajakovic.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 07:03:57 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: From earlier: New Thunder podcast reviewing the draft and previewing free agency - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 05:58:29 PM CST @Dlarsen63Dustin Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams, Mark Bryant, Darko Rajakovic, Anthony Grant, Billy Schmidt, Adam Harrington and Vin Bhavnani.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 05:52:14 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic will coach OKC's summer league team for the second straight year. Billy Donovan will …
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 04:59:41 PM CST Thunder announces full coaching staff. Here's what head coach Billy Donovan said about it. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 04:41:20 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Maurice Cheeks to rejoin Thunder coaching staff: LINK via @DarnellMayberry LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 04:36:33 PM CST OKC Thunder: Maurice Cheeks to rejoin Thunder coaching staff LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 04:00:31 PM CST With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 03:55:02 PM CST The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 02:14:48 PM CST Getcha listen on RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast: Recapping the draft and previewing free agency -> LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jun. 29 2015 11:55:24 AM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping this afternoon.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jun. 27 2015 05:54:37 PM CST @rick_bonnell I highly doubt it. They might have just one regular on the summer league roster.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jun. 27 2015 05:50:59 PM CST @rick_bonnell Your boys' first game in Orlando is against the Thunder, though. Jeremy Lamb strikes back (if he plays).
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jun. 27 2015 05:46:50 PM CST @rick_bonnell Could it be the revenge of Jeremy Lamb???
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jun. 27 2015 10:45:23 AM CST Payne: "I grew up being a team player. That's all I know."
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jun. 27 2015 10:38:34 AM CST Presti and Payne LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jun. 26 2015 07:36:24 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Cameron Payne's small-school background doesn't concern the Thunder. Story in tomorrow's paper: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jun. 26 2015 03:30:01 PM CST The Thunder will hold an introductory press conference for Cameron Payne at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Oklahoma City.

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