Deron Williams is the first high-profile NBA star to publicly state the need for change within the National Basketball Players Association, starting with the potential removal of Billy Hunter.

"I think change is needed, top to bottom," Williams said on Friday.

"I don't think things were getting voted on like they should have been. ... I'm sure there's guys that are still with Billy, and some guys that aren't. We've just got to figure out what the next step is."

Williams didn't like how the players union handled negotiations throughout the 2011 lockout.

Kyle Korver, meanwhile, believes that the NBA's top players must step up to provide leadership within the union.

"We need some of the higher-caliber players to kind of step up and bring some guys together," Korver said. "We need to have some conference calls and the player reps need to make sure that everyone knows what's going on. I think there's plenty of time to do that. Read the report, talk to a couple of people, and you know what's going on.

"There's already that perception of dumb athletes, that we don't really care as long as we get the paycheck. There might be some guys like that, but there are a lot of guys who aren't. We need to step up and make a decision, and I think we will."