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


  • 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.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant by the numbers

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

    1: League Most Valuable Player award. Durant took home his first MVP after finishing as the runner-up three times. 2: 50-point games. Durant scored 54 points in a home win over Golden State on Jan. 17 and 51 points in a double-overtime road win at Toronto on March 21. 3: Triple-doubles. 5.5: Assists per game, a career high. 12: Consecutive games of at least 30 points, the longest such scoring streak since Tracy McGrady scored 30 in 14 straight games in 2003. 14: 40-point games. 15: Technical fouls in the regular season, topping last year’s then-career high 12. Durant’s 15 technical fouls were one shy of an automatic one-game suspension and cost him $46,000 this season. 32.0: Points per game,

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 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 - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Who should start at center, Kendrick Perkins or Steven Adams?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kendrick Perkins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Kendrick Perkins' 2013-14 season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins was as steady as they come in the post. He held opponents to 34 percent shooting in the post and 25.9 percent shooting on isolations, according to Synergy Sports data.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' season by the numbers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Thunder big man averaged 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins certainly won't be conceding his spot to Steven Adams

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins called this summer the biggest four months of his career. Not only is Steven Adams breathing down his neck for his job, but Perkins also is entering the final year of his contract.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's Steven Adams' ceiling in the NBA?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Steven Adams:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Perry Jones III's 2013-14 season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    His 3-point shooting was great. His mid-range game needs work. But the tools appear to be there.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III still searching for his niche after two seasons

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks called Perry Jones the team’s utility defender this season. With great size, length and foot speed, Jones has been labeled the best athlete on the team. But he’s had trouble turning his world-class athleticism into a singular skill.




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