Apparently, Joe Dumars doesn’t mind the heat, or doesn’t feel the heat. With flames licking all around, he just willingly turned it up.

Dumars didn’t make a move to please or appease Thursday night. It’s wise at times to disregard public clamor, but this one looks crazy and amazingly risky. With the eighth pick in the draft and his choice of the top point guards, including Trey Burke, Dumars pulled a mini-shocker on a night of many shockers.

The Pistons selected Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and perhaps that explains the white smoke coming out of Dumars’ office (the first of many bad Pope quips). Dumars artfully defended the pick, saying the Pistons desperately need a shooting guard who can run the floor. Caldwell-Pope is a great shooter and tough defender and was SEC player of the year.

Dumars may have lost some luster in the final year of his contract, but he doesn’t appear to have lost power under owner Tom Gores. He made the pick he wanted to fit his team, not the pick fans may have craved. Dumars didn’t draft as if he was scared, and ratcheted the risk. It’s intensified because U-M’s Burke was taken the next spot by Minnesota, which traded him to Utah for two first-round picks.

“I’m not sitting here fretting about that,” Dumars said. “Really, if it was that much of an issue for me, I would’ve just made the popular selection and walked out there and everybody would say, ‘OK, you drafted Trey Burke.’ You don’t just make the popular pick because that’s a 24-hour rush, and then you still have to put your roster together.”

Dumars said the roster was “basically desolate” at the wing positions, and he’s right. But it doesn’t look any better at point guard, which is why it seemed logical he’d grab one of the top three — Burke, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams or Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum.

They all were available, and it’s not just about the local guy. The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams could have provided fresh possibilities for a team that hasn’t settled on a point guard since Chauncey Billups was traded. It’s a gaping hole at a more-important position, and I doubt it will be filled by Louisville’s Peyton Siva, taken in the second round.