The night began with a shocker.

And the Pistons had to be in position to identify which point guard they wanted.

Bringing normalcy to the draft wasn’t in the plans, though, as they selected sophomore shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Georgia with the eighth pick in the 2013 draft Thursday night.

In recent Pistons tradition, they took a bit of a risk, passing on Michigan point guard Trey Burke and other point guards they targeted, including Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum and Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams.

In the second round, the Pistons took North Texas forward Tony Mitchell with the No. 37 overall pick. The Pistons made Peyton Siva of national champion Louisville the No. 56 overall pick.

A night of fireworks, starting with outgoing commissioner David Stern egging on the booing crowd at Barclays Center in New York, the Pistons followed right along with the surprises.

With the first handful of picks being complete and utter shockers, starting from Cleveland taking UNLV’s Anthony Bennett first, the Pistons were in position to take Ben McLemore from Kansas. He generally was considered the most-talented wing player in the draft, but was snapped up seventh by Sacramento.

“If you had the privilege of seeing our roster board, we’re desolate at the wing position,” Pistons president Joe Dumars said. “It was a major focus to upgrade the wing, athletic shooting. That was a priority for us.”

That said, Caldwell-Pope isn’t an elite athlete.

Caldwell-Pope didn’t work out for the Pistons, but visited with them this week and had lunch with the front office, which said it pored over every bit of tape on the 20-year-old and felt comfortable in selecting him.

“This is a kid that plays both sides of the ball,” Dumars said. “A fierce defender and a great 3-point shooter. We didn’t feel like we had enough of that.”

As Dumars spoke about the selection, Brandon Knight sat quietly in the training room with strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander.

Presumably, the Pistons hope the duo will be able to stretch the floor with their shooting, as well as give their bigs, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, room to operate on the interior.