swing·​man | \ ˈswiŋ-ˌman , -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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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 The Orioles have long used the Rule 5 draft to supplement their own organizational depth, and the long-term return of a utility infielder in Ryan Flaherty, a swingman in TJ McFarland, and a fourth outfielder in Joey Rickard hasn't been overwhelming. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles crushed, 11-1, by White Sox, owners of the American League's lowest-scoring offense," 24 May 2018 The top pick may come down to a choice between Arizona freshman center Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, a swingman from Slovenia. Benjamin Hoffman And Victor Mather, New York Times, "N.B.A. Draft Order Is Set With Phoenix Suns at No. 1," 16 May 2018 The Sixers swingman missed all nine of his shot attempts – including going 0-for-5 on three-pointers. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' summer league woes continue in 87-75 loss to Wizards," 9 July 2018 Teammate junior swingman Jacob Evans III (Baton Rouge, La./St. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "UC's Clark wins AAC Defensive Player of Year, Sportsmanship awards," 6 Mar. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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