If there’s one player who could write a book about his experiences as a Piston and look like an outsider, Greg Monroe could be the ideal candidate.

He’s seen plenty of things in four years: player mutinies, coach hirings and firings, chicanery and the like, but hasn’t felt the pleasure of winning, not in the way he anticipated after being drafted seventh in 2010.

After slowly and steadily becoming more vocal over the past two years, he’s become more guarded, reclusive and admitted it was by design this season — the one where the expectations were highest and the team fell flat on its face.

“I’ve censored myself, just because of the whole, so much speculation and so much stuff going on,” Monroe said. “I just tried to make sure I was as productive as possible. That I kept a straight head and kept it as positive as possible.”

Monroe is one of a few in the locker room who wouldn’t rock the boat publicly, and with seeing a coaching change after 50 games, along with the man who drafted him stepping aside, speaking out wasn’t going to be viewed as a positive.

“I just think that, looking at all the stuff that may have been said, all the stuff that’s happened, with a little bit of change with me, I didn’t want it to sound like I was speaking from frustration,” Monroe said.

Being a good character guy can work against players, but his production has been steady this season. He knows character only takes him so far.