Mayo for sure was the Wolves pick and we simply didn't have the peices to make them come off that pick. Or at best a trade scenerio with them wouldve ended with us having to take on atleast Jarko's contract meaning our payroll wouldve increased with no chance to get under for the 2010 F.A. Class and Donnie wasnt going to (nor would it had been a good idea) to have given up players like Lee,Nate,and Rose (expiring contract) taken on long term contracts for the sake of grabbing Mayo, that is an Isiah Thomas type move all the way.
Now about locking a franchise player at 6th, you have to be realistic. The middle of the lottery is a crap shoot. You can end up with a R.O.Y. or you can land a Dajuan Wagner, who was a player dubbed "The Next A.I.". Like Mike D said "It's not an exact science". Now I am with you in that I always want any Knick pick to result in a All Star be it number 1 in the lottery or the last pick of the second round! But, realistically you have to be level in your expectations of the pick.
I like Danillo so far, but there is a chance a player like Augistine,Gordon, or Bayless could become All Stars making us all talk about what we shouldve done....or Danillo himself could become an All Star! You just never know
But, our coach is excited about him, our players are too, plus with our bloated roster he is afforded sometime to grow. So likely not the R.O.Y. but very well could be a Toni Kukoc, Lamar Odom,Tyshaun Prince (minus the lock down D) type player who just helps his team win....or he can be something else and that is my whole point!