To be fair, Livers turns the ball over more and the threat of Duncan’s three-point shooting still affects the defense more than Livers’s. Duncan is also the guy I want shooting FTs.
But it’s true that Duncan can’t shoot 32% from 3 and be a long-term high-minutes contributor. Hopefully he breaks out of his slump soon. While he may have benefited from Walton’s (and Irvin’s) passing the last couple years, he’s much better than he’s shown lately.
The longer he slumps, however, (and the more he fouls people while letting them still make baskets), the more he may see his minutes decline.