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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.[1] 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 Pierce, Paul George, 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, Arron Afflalo, and Jabari Parker. Examples of retired NBA swingmen include George Gervin, Toni Kukoč, Clyde Drexler, and Tracy McGrady.

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".

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  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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