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In sports, a Swingman is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their respective game.


In basketball, the term "wingman" (a.k.a. "guard-forward") denotes a player who can play both the shooting guard (2) and small forward (3) positions, and, in essence swing between the positions.[1] Most wingmen range from 6' 5" (1.96 m) to 6' 9" (2.06 m) in height. The term was first applied to John Havlicek. Examples of current wingmen include: Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Vince Carter, Andre Iguodala, Paul George, Danny Green, Kyle Korver, Justise Winslow, Mike Miller, Nicolas Batum, Terrence Ross, Joe Johnson, Nick Young, Tyreke Evans, Lance Stephenson, Evan Turner, Giannis Antetokoumpo, C.J. Miles, Arron Afflalo,Corey Brewer and from the New Zealand Breakers, Thomas Abercrombie. Examples of retired NBA wingmen include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Clyde Drexler, George Gervin and Tracy McGrady.

Ice hockey[edit]

In ice hockey, a swingman is a player that could play both defenseman and forward, such as Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.


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

Australian football[edit]

The term is also used in Australian rules football, typically to describe a player who can play both in attack and in defence, usually as a key position player. Examples include Harry Taylor, Ryan Schoenmakers, Ben Reid and Jarryd Roughead.

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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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