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A swingman is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their sport.

Basketball[edit]

In basketball, the term “swingman” (a.k.a. “wing” or “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 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 Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Vince Carter, and Kyle Korver. Examples of retired NBA swingmen include 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 and Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets.

Baseball[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[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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