Two games provide 'swingman' showcase
What makes a great swingman? Who are the best in the business?
First, let's define "swingman." He's the glue on most teams, the player who can post important minutes at both the shooting guard and the small forward position where he plays depends on matchups or the style each coach wants to play during an important time. The best swingmen allow their coaches to go big or small to take advantage of the situation and team's strengths.
The swingman might even slide over and play as a "point forward," bringing the ball up the floor and directing the offense. If he can, he should break down opponents with the penetrating dribble drive.
Remember how Scottie Pippen and Paul Pressey disrupted the game at both ends with their defensive ability to guard anyone on the court, knock down big shots, and direct their teams from the top of the floor?
On Jan. 13, four of the NBA's best swingmen will be paired in two games. When the Nets visit the Rockets, it will be the first time cousins and former teammates Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady will be playing and matched up at times without a Raptors uniform on either one.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Passing it on: Watt, Mutombo talk finger wag
- Ellis helps Mavs sink Spurs in Rondo's debut
- Kings, Nets explore D-Will trade, sources say
- Silver on tanking: 'No team is trying to lose'