After his collegiate career ended, Wright was selected in the second round (16th overall) of the 1960 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He never played in the National Basketball Association, however. He spent two seasons playing in the ABA in 1967–68 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pipers and then in 1968–69 while on the Minnesota Pipers. During his rookie season, Pittsburgh won the ABA Finals, four games to three, over the New Orleans Buccaneers. It was the first ABA championship in the league's history. For the season, Wright played in 17 games and averaged 3.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Thirteen of those games came in the playoffs in which he averaged 2.0 points and 5.6 rebounds en route to the championship.
When the franchise relocated to Minnesota for the following season, Wright remained on the team but only played in 10 games and averaged a diminished 0.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. Since he was 30 years old at that point, Wright's career came to a close when he was not re-signed after the season.