In sports, a swingman is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their respective game.
In basketball, the term "swingman" (aka "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. Most swingmen 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 swingmen include: Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Gordon Hayward, 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, C.J. Miles, Arron Afflalo, and Corey Brewer. Examples of retired NBA swingmen include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Clyde Drexler, George Gervin and Tracy McGrady.
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.
- 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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