The Philadelphia 76ers are well on their way to building something special in the City of Brotherly Love.
No, I'm not talking about the Sixers' surprising 4-2 start to the 2013-14 NBA season. Sure, folks in Philly should be pleased with their stripped-down squad's competitive play thus far. The Sixers have already picked up wins against the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, both of whom are presumed to finish among the Eastern Conference's elite by season's end.
Realistically, though, Philly will flame out at some point. Maybe they'll be run down by their lack of NBA-caliber depth. Maybe general manager Sam Hinkie will wheel and deal in such a way as to undermine his team's ability to win now but in service of a long-term agenda that might rightly be deemed "tanking."
Whatever the case may be, it's tough to imagine a team that leans so heavily on Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Rookie of the Year front-runner Michael Carter-Williams so much as sniffing the playoff picture by the time mid-April rolls around.
Still, it's nice that they're giving Philly fans a thrill worth watching for the time being. And, with some smart moves and a few fortunate breaks, the Sixers could be back to the business of winning basketball games and (perhaps) competing for championships in relatively short order.