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

Examples of swingman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brunson and Bridges, a 6-7 swingman, declared for the NBA draft and hired agents, giving up their final year of eligibility after helping lead the Wildcats to the national championship. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Jalen Brunson among four Villanova players invited to NBA draft combine," 7 May 2018 The light-hearted swingman, who ex-coach Larry Drew praised at times last season, was cheering on his teammates from the bench. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "John Beilein still getting used to NBA and other observations from Cleveland Cavaliers summer league," 2 July 2019 Over/under: Take the UNDER (9.5, -105) with Means having emerged as the ace of the Orioles’ staff and Stripling enjoying a phenomenal second half as a key swingman. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May and Ross Stripling could be swingmen, or wild cards. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Will the Dodgers replicate closer model the Red Sox and Astros used to beat them?," 14 Sep. 2019 Other first-round picks on the 16-man roster include Michigan’s Jordan Poole, the Warriors’ top pick last week, and 23-year-old swingman Malachi Richardson, the Hornets’ No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Warriors summer league roster features five NBA first-round picks," 26 June 2019 The Portland Trail Blazers brought in veteran swingman Kent Bazemore and shipped out Evan Turner in a straight across trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Tim Brown, oregonlive.com, "Did Trail Blazers make right move trading Evan Turner for Kent Bazemore? Media members, fans seem to think so," 24 June 2019 The Orlando Magic swingman came off a high screen and caught a pass from D.J. Augustin. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic’s Evan Fournier struggled with consistency, but came up big in clutch moments," 13 June 2019 The second-year swingman scored a game-high 40 points in the 95-89 loss to the Boston Celtics at the Thomas & Mack Center. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Furkan Korkmaz steals headlines from Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet," 6 July 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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