Rondo 8th in MVP voting

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Rajon Rondo finished eighth in MVP balloting this season.Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo finished eighth in the balloting for the 2012 MVP.

Rondo earned eight votes -- 2 fourth-place votes and 6 fifth-place votes -- for a total of 12 points. That put him one point behind Orlando's Dwight Howard, but ahead of names like Phoenix's Steve Nash (7), Miami's Dwyane Wade (6), Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (4) and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (4).

LeBron James took home his third MVP trophy with 1,074 points. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (889) and the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (385) rounded out the top 3 spots.

Rondo earned those votes from a from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the

United States and Canada (as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote).