A Swingman is a player who can play multiple positions in a sport.
In basketball, the term "swingman" (or "wing") denotes a player who can play both the small forward (the "3") and shooting guard (the "2") positions, and, in essence swing between the positions. Swingmen are often between 6'4" (1.93 m) and 6'9" (2.06 m). The term was first applied to John Havlicek. Examples of current NBA swingmen include: Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Gerald Green, Nick Young, C.J. Miles, Terrence Ross, Evan Turner, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Vince Carter, Thabo Sefolosha, Jimmy Butler, Joe Johnson, Andrew Wiggins, and Arron Afflalo. Examples of retired NBA swingmen include George Gervin, Toni Kukoč, Clyde Drexler, and Tracy McGrady.
In baseball, a pitcher who can work either as a reliever or starter is sometimes referred to as a swingman; sometimes, if the pitcher is usually a long reliever, he is called a "spot starter".
- S. Trnini and D. Dizdar, System of the Performance Evaluation Criteria Weighted per Positions in the Basketball Game, 2000
- Boston Globe
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