swing·​man | \ ˈswiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce swingman (audio) , -mən\

Definition of swingman

: a player capable of playing effectively in two different positions and especially of playing both guard and forward on a basketball team

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The 32-year-old swingman contributed to several charitable initiatives this season. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arron Afflalo wins Magic’s community service award," 18 Mar. 2018 And Chavez is the swingman/long relief option who can cover for injured starters or save a tired bullpen. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The 31st Team: How Many Games Would a Team Composed Entirely of Free Agents Win?," 25 Jan. 2018 Sixers’ swingman Justin Anderson said before the game. Ej Smith, Philly.com, "WATCH: Meek Mill rings the bell before Sixers-Heat NBA playoff game after being freed from prison," 24 Apr. 2018 Magic swingman Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter to spark the comeback. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic overcome 21-point deficit, beat reeling Cavaliers 116-98," 7 Feb. 2018 Langford would give the Hoosiers an elite swingman. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Romeo Langford's decision day nears: What you need to know," 23 Apr. 2018 The Kings announced swingman Joe Johnson had been waived Sunday. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings waive Joe Johnson, clearing his path to Houston," 11 Feb. 2018 The trade removed a key piece from the Astros' bullpen in Musgrove but also all but ensures valuable swingman Brad Peacock will at least begin the season as a reliever. Jake Kaplan, Houston Chronicle, "Astros acquire pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pirates," 13 Jan. 2018 Denver’s preference to shed salary is the Sixers’ gain, as Philly picks up a 3-and-D swingman who slots nicely into their open cap space. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Trade Grades: Sixers Use Cap Space to Snag Wilson Chandler From Nuggets," 3 July 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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