Wright was drafted in the sixth round of the 1966 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks (now the Atlanta Hawks), but did not sign with the team. Despite the fact Wright never played football in college, the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL also showed interest. He signed with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League on April 16, 1966, playing for the team in 1966 and 1967. As a safety, he intercepted one pass in the 1966 season and four more the following year. He caught a single pass in his career, losing two yards on the reception.
Switching sports, Wright signed with the Denver Rockets (predecessor to the Denver Nuggets) on January 5, 1968, starting play with the Rockets just weeks after the end of the football season.
A 6 foot 2 inch (1.88 m), 205 pound (93 kg) guard, he played for five seasons in the American Basketball Association, four seasons with the Rockets (1967–1971) and a single season with The Floridians (1971–1972). He scored 3,590 points and averaged 10.7 points per game over his career, with the 1968-69 season marking his career bests, scoring 1,130 points and 16.4 points per game, second on the team in both statistics behind Larry Jones.
^Kensler, Tom. "Six added to CSU hall", The Denver Post, September 30, 1989. Accessed August 26, 2008. "Lonnie Wright - Rams star basketball player of the 1960s who played with the Denver Broncos and the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association."
^Smothers, Ronald. "IN PERSON; The All-Stars' Skipper", The New York Times, March 10, 2002. Accessed March 25, 2012. ONE of Johanna Wright's promising freshmen girls with the uncommon grace of a gazelle but the all too common inconsistency of a balky teenager presented her coach at Columbia High School with her report card, as all team members must. She had two A's, three B's and a C-minus in English. 'It was glaring,' said Ms. Wright, the basketball coach at the high school, which serves Maplewood and South Orange, her usual smile disappearing at the thought of the C-minus.... After graduation she returned to New Jersey where she met Lonnie Wright, a former Newark high school star athlete who had gone on to play both basketball and football at Colorado State University."