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Sixers get some love from NBA GMs in annual survey

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Sixers get some love from NBA GMs in annual survey

The Sixers received some high marks in the 2017-18 NBA.com GM Survey, released Wednesday morning.

The general managers picked the Sixers as the second most-improved team this year behind only the Timberwolves. Minnesota received 69 percent of the votes while the Sixers got 17 percent.

First overall pick Markelle Fultz placed second to Josh Jackson in the category of "which rookie will be the best player in five years?" Ben Simmons was tied for fourth with Lonzo Ball.

Simmons was also voted as the second-most likely player to win Rookie of the Year, receiving 24 percent of the vote compared to 62 percent for Ball, the favorite.

Lastly, JJ Redick was named the second-best player in the NBA at moving without the ball, finishing with 14 percent of the vote and trailing only Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

Check out the full survey here.

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins gives impassioned speech after losing Wentz

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Watch: Malcolm Jenkins gives impassioned speech after losing Wentz

Sunday was a strange day for the Philadelphia Eagles.

They clinched the NFC East crown and are setting themselves up nicely for a bye week come playoff time. But they also lost their star quarterback for the season.

So how did the team react following the game? Well, thanks to the Eagles' Twitter account, we can now watch the words shared by Doug Pederson and Malcolm Jenkins in the locker room.

Pederson is his usual self with a "there's still work to be done" type of message.

"We're playing for something bigger now, boys," Pederson said. "I'm so proud of you guys."

Malcolm's segment is full of words that were not included because of their sensitive nature, so it's tough to make out everything he said. But he had some fantastic lines and even touched on Wentz's injury.

"We set this up for whoever is in this room, that's who we ride with," Jenkins said. "We all we got, we all we need.

"At the end of the day, we got bigger goals. We get back to work, man. You know what's in our minds, bro. Championship and that's it, man. Nothing short of that."

Carson Wentz delivers heartfelt message to Eagles and fans

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Carson Wentz delivers heartfelt message to Eagles and fans

On the day he found out his season was over, Carson Wentz has vowed to come back stronger than ever. 

Wentz, who tore his ACL in the third quarter on Sunday afternoon, posted a video to his Twitter account on Monday night. 

In the video, he admitted he is going through a tough time but is using his Christian faith to get get through it.

"If we got everything we wanted in life," Wentz said, "it would be a disaster." 

Then, he had a message for his fans: 

"I can promise to everybody, all my fans in the Philly area, in the North Dakota area, all across this country, that this will not stop me going forward. I will come back stronger than ever. I will use this as motivation. And I will be attacking it, this whole process as I recover. 

"But at the end of the day, this year we still have something special. We just clinched the NFC East. That was Step 1 of our goals this season and we're just continuing on from there. I will be with the team along the way. I will be supporting them. 

"I have the utmost confidence in Nick (Foles) and the coaching staff and everybody else that they'll step up. We've been plagued with injuries all year long and it's just been the next-man-up mentality and that's going to continue. Nick's going to to an amazing job leading this team and I'm going to be there to help."

Watch Wentz's full message here: