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A Swingman is a player who can play multiple positions in a sport.


In basketball, a swingman (or "wing") is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward (the "3") and shooting guard (the "2") positions, and, in essence swing between the positions.[1] Swingmen are often between 6'4" (1.93 m) and 6'9" (2.06 m). Examples of NBA swingmen include: Gerald Green, Nick Young, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Xavier Henry, C.J. Miles, Terrence Ross, Jeremy Lamb, Evan Turner, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Zach LaVine, Vince Carter, Jimmy Butler, Joe Johnson, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Durant, Arron Afflalo, and Jabari Parker.

Ice hockey[edit]

In ice hockey, a swingman is a player that can play both as a defenseman and as a forward.


In baseball, a pitcher who can work either as a reliever or starter is sometimes referred to as a swingman;[2] sometimes, if the pitcher is usually a long reliever, he is called a "spot starter".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ S. Trnini and D. Dizdar, System of the Performance Evaluation Criteria Weighted per Positions in the Basketball Game, 2000
  2. ^ Boston Globe

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Guards Basketball half-court 1. Point guard Combo guard
2. Shooting guard Guard-forward / Swingman
Forwards 3. Small forward Stretch forward / Cornerman
4. Power forward Point forward
Center 5. Center Forward-center / Bigman
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