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SI Thunder: Meet the team

Welcome to SI Thunder! Meet Derek Parker and Nick Crain, who manage the site, as well as their talented team.

SI Thunder at, a FanNation affiliate, is here to provide diverse coverage for the Thunder. This will include game day coverage, analysis of the trade market, data-driven deep dives, practice reports, commentary, as well as NBA draft profiles and coverage of Oklahoma City’s unprecedented rebuild strategy. In short, we will have all the Thunder content you crave in one location.

Meet the team:

Derek Parker - Publisher

Twitter: @DParkOK

Derek has been a sports writer in the Oklahoma City market for five years now, covering a variety of the biggest teams in the area. His stops include two seasons on the Oklahoma City Thunder beat, two seasons covering Oklahoma football and softball and a variety of prep teams in the area in between. He currently works the sports desk for The Oklahoman newspaper.

Nick Crain - Publisher

Twitter: @CrainNBA

Nick has spent three full seasons covering the Oklahoma City Thunder and has grown quickly in the media since starting in 2018. He’s continued to produce Thunder content through writing for and podcasting with The Uncontested Podcast, as well as branching out to cover the NBA as a whole for SLAM Online.

Christine Butterfield - Marketing Specialist & Video Content Coordinator

Twitter: @CBonsports

Christine has been covering the Oklahoma City Thunder for professional outlets for three seasons. She is thrilled to contribute to SI Thunder as the video content coordinator. Christine also co-hosts the First Take Thunder post-game show for 107.7 FM The Franchise.

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Sam Lane - Contributor

Twitter: @SamLaneOK

Sam is an Oklahoma State graduate and life-long Oklahoman, following the NBA in Oklahoma City since the New Orleans Hornets’ brief stint there. Sam is in his first season covering the Thunder, following work at Oklahoma State, Softball America and USA TODAY.

Ross Lovelace - Intern

Twitter: @Rosslovelace

Ross is a journalism student at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to working for Prep Hoops and covering high school basketball, he previously covered the Thunder for multiple websites and is currently reporting on women’s basketball for the OU Daily.

Ben Creider - Intern

Twitter: @BenCreider

Ben has been covering the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2020-21 season, beginning his work with an independent blog site. Along with SI Thunder, Creider also produces podcasts for The Basketball Podcast Network.

Chris Becker - Intern

Twitter: @bhris_cecker316

Chris is a senior Sports Media student at Oklahoma State University who has grown up in Oklahoma and around the Thunder. Chris has covered OSU sports from women’s golf to football working for the O’Colly, the OSU student newspaper.

As the Oklahoma City Thunder continue to rebuild their roster and push towards contention in the coming years with their record amount of draft capital, the SI Thunder crew will keep you informed and up-to-date on everything you need to know. Bookmark and follow us on Twitter (@OKCThunderSI) and Facebook (InsideTheThunder) for all things Thunder.