A swingman is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their sport.
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. 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 Paul George, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Vince Carter, LeBron James, and Kyle Korver. Examples of retired NBA swingmen include 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